- Salem Brownstone by John Harris Dunning & Nikhil Singh
96 p. Candlewick Press, July 2010.
Salem Brownstone's life changes the moment he receives a telegram informing him of the death of his long-absent father. Salem has inherited his house and all of its contents. A car comes to collect him and his life takes a bizarre turn the moment he rings the doorbell. The house is inhabited by some strange beings, including a contortionist and the mystery that is his father only grows.
The black and white illustrations are incredible. Gothic and Gorey-esque, they invite poring over. As the story progresses, they actually become more interesting as the story becomes more confusing. It could be me though, the graphic novel format, especially hard core stuff like this is not my forte.