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Four months to the day he first encountered the boy at Walmart, the last of Phil Pendelton's teeth fell out. At first glance, Phil Pendleton and his son Adam are just an ordinary father and son, no different from any other. Some might say the father is a little too accommodating given the lack of discipline when the child loses his temper in public. Some might say he spoils Four months to the day he first encountered the boy at Walmart, the last of Phil Pendelton's teeth fell out. At first glance, Phil Pendleton and his son Adam are just an ordinary father and son, no different from any other. Some might say the father is a little too accommodating given the lack of discipline when the child loses his temper in public. Some might say he spoils his son by allowing him to set his own bedtimes and eat candy whenever he wants. Some might say that such leniency is starting to take its toll on the father, given how his health has declined. What no one knows is that Phil is a prisoner, and that up until a few weeks ago and a chance encounter at a grocery store, he had never seen the child before. But now Adam is in his life, altering and controlling it, and it will take a particular kind of horror to get him out. Because there is nothing ordinary about Adam, or the monsters that come when he calls.


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Four months to the day he first encountered the boy at Walmart, the last of Phil Pendelton's teeth fell out. At first glance, Phil Pendleton and his son Adam are just an ordinary father and son, no different from any other. Some might say the father is a little too accommodating given the lack of discipline when the child loses his temper in public. Some might say he spoils Four months to the day he first encountered the boy at Walmart, the last of Phil Pendelton's teeth fell out. At first glance, Phil Pendleton and his son Adam are just an ordinary father and son, no different from any other. Some might say the father is a little too accommodating given the lack of discipline when the child loses his temper in public. Some might say he spoils his son by allowing him to set his own bedtimes and eat candy whenever he wants. Some might say that such leniency is starting to take its toll on the father, given how his health has declined. What no one knows is that Phil is a prisoner, and that up until a few weeks ago and a chance encounter at a grocery store, he had never seen the child before. But now Adam is in his life, altering and controlling it, and it will take a particular kind of horror to get him out. Because there is nothing ordinary about Adam, or the monsters that come when he calls.

45 review for John Carpenter's Night Terrors: SOUR CANDY

  1. 4 out of 5

    Alexander Peterhans

    A nice, snappy horror comic with an icey paranoid build up. Sure, there isn't anything new here, but it is done quite well.. until the ending, which sort of fudges it. There's also the traditional 'oh no the evil is still here!' epilogue, which here makes little sense. I like the photorealistic art, and I do wonder if it's based on actual photography, but I can't make my mind up.. 3.5 stars (Picked up a review copy through Edelweiss) A nice, snappy horror comic with an icey paranoid build up. Sure, there isn't anything new here, but it is done quite well.. until the ending, which sort of fudges it. There's also the traditional 'oh no the evil is still here!' epilogue, which here makes little sense. I like the photorealistic art, and I do wonder if it's based on actual photography, but I can't make my mind up.. 3.5 stars (Picked up a review copy through Edelweiss)

  2. 4 out of 5

    destiny ♡ howling libraries

    I immensely enjoyed the original version of Sour Candy, and I love all of KPB's work in general, so I was very excited to see this get the graphic novel treatment — and friends, this spooky little piece does NOT disappoint! I think this version and the novella are equally frightening in their own ways, but there's definitely an added element thanks to the disturbing artwork combined with the cute, yet twisted child at the center of the story. I thought this was a fantastic adaptation that didn't I immensely enjoyed the original version of Sour Candy, and I love all of KPB's work in general, so I was very excited to see this get the graphic novel treatment — and friends, this spooky little piece does NOT disappoint! I think this version and the novella are equally frightening in their own ways, but there's definitely an added element thanks to the disturbing artwork combined with the cute, yet twisted child at the center of the story. I thought this was a fantastic adaptation that didn't miss anything crucial from the original version, and can easily stand on its own if you're unfamiliar with the novella. Whether you pick up this graphic novel or the novella (I recommend both!), Sour Candy is a modern classic in the indie horror world for good reason, and I strongly suggest it to anyone who wants a fresh twist on the "evil child" theme. ✨ Content warnings for: (view spoiler)[violence, suicide, death, teeth falling out, child violence (hide spoiler)] ——— twitter | booktok | bookstagram | blog

  3. 4 out of 5

    Jasmine

    Thanks so much to Edelweiss and the publisher for this DRC in exchange for an honest review! Let me start by saying that Sour Candy was already superbly creepy. Burke has an immense talent for taking the mundane, everyday occurrences and transforming them into bone-chilling. Add insanely well-done art to this, and it’s just insane how the tension ratchets upward. This graphic novel is a definite must-purchase for me.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Theediscerning

    OK, the big thing that needs to be said with this title is that the creepiness and unexpectedness first comes from it being created by photomontage – you know, one of those photographed newspaper story strips, but done with very very cheap photoshopping, so cigarettes end up either going through someone's front tooth or even their lip, our hero's boss holds a pen as if he's testing his sleight of hand for trying to fool Penn and Teller, and everyone looks stilted, rabbits-in-the-headlights, posi OK, the big thing that needs to be said with this title is that the creepiness and unexpectedness first comes from it being created by photomontage – you know, one of those photographed newspaper story strips, but done with very very cheap photoshopping, so cigarettes end up either going through someone's front tooth or even their lip, our hero's boss holds a pen as if he's testing his sleight of hand for trying to fool Penn and Teller, and everyone looks stilted, rabbits-in-the-headlights, posing-like-it's-a-thirty-second-exposure kind of fashion. OK, the big thing that needs to be said is that in the right hands this book would have worked without any spooky, here's-what-the-film-storyboard-looks-like-on-a-budget-of-two-bucks-fifty visuals. It's quite the interesting little, Midwich Daniel/The Omen Cuckoo hybrid, where a bloke is at the store getting some trashy sweets for his girl, who he's chatting to over wireless earbuds – until a bratty kid starts screeching the place down. Outside, he shortly sees the kid's mother walk under a removals van, and suddenly his girl thinks it's months since they quit dating and is with someone else, and the bratty kid says he's our man's child, fostered by him and a previously non-existent wife. Oh, and some otherworldly characters from a different plane of existence start cropping up, too. Ultimately the book is nowhere near as good as the concept, with an ending that makes little sense and really diminishes what we've seen up to then. I think we'd have been allowed to like our man a bit more if this were a "Twilight Zone" story, but the spirit and ultimately duration of the piece is almost akin to a B/W age episode of that. It's not a horror, more a made-for-TV-movie "horror", but in doing something different manages to be a darned sight better than I remember previous books from this series being. Flawed yes, but with its rare presentation and fine flash of initial idea, it certainly gets three and a half stars as a time-passer.

  5. 4 out of 5

    April Gray

    Wow, ok, that happened. Creepy creepy creepy! A classic innocent-looking kid (Adam) that's really some sort of evil entity decides a guy (Phil) that caught his eye in Walmart is going to be his new daddy. You see, Adam's old mom, the woman Adam is at Walmart with, is broken now, and he needs a new parent/sacrifice. Phil's life gets upended, everything changes, and Phil is the only one who remembers how things used to be. Maybe not the most earth-shatteringly original story, but it's well done he Wow, ok, that happened. Creepy creepy creepy! A classic innocent-looking kid (Adam) that's really some sort of evil entity decides a guy (Phil) that caught his eye in Walmart is going to be his new daddy. You see, Adam's old mom, the woman Adam is at Walmart with, is broken now, and he needs a new parent/sacrifice. Phil's life gets upended, everything changes, and Phil is the only one who remembers how things used to be. Maybe not the most earth-shatteringly original story, but it's well done here; the story tightens up the tension at a steady pace, and Jason Felix's photo-realistic art just adds to the creepiness. I mean, adds a LOT to it. Together, the text and art come together perfectly to make a nicely disturbing reading experience. Also, this is a great reminder that the old adage "don't take candy from strangers" applies to adults too!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Sour Candy – 5/5 Kealan Patrick Burke Every time I read this book I am filled with a sense of dread. This book is genuinely my worst nightmare. You constantly doubt the main character throughout this book wondering if he is crazy and can't remember his life following his car accident – or is everything that is happening around him real?! This book gives me the creeps and has 100% creep factor. Now this being in graphic novel format… wigs me out even more. Actually seeing Adam is creepier than imag Sour Candy – 5/5 Kealan Patrick Burke Every time I read this book I am filled with a sense of dread. This book is genuinely my worst nightmare. You constantly doubt the main character throughout this book wondering if he is crazy and can't remember his life following his car accident – or is everything that is happening around him real?! This book gives me the creeps and has 100% creep factor. Now this being in graphic novel format… wigs me out even more. Actually seeing Adam is creepier than imagining him. This is most definitely my worst nightmare. The illustrations are perfect and are brilliant at conveying the absurdity of what is happening to Phil. Definitely one I need to keep re-reading!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Trigger Warning Database

    Trigger & Content Warnings Suicide

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