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On sale date: August 25, 2020

In this graphic novel, a spinster escapes the demands of life through a sexual relationship with a haunted mirror.

Julia Gfrörer explores lust, grief, and the human need for connection in this story of a 19th-century spinster and the haunted mirror that offers an escape from her frustrated line. In Gfrörer’s thin, careworn lines, her debased and unnerving depictions of the supernatural, and her achingly vulnerable characters, she exposes the emotions that boil beneath the surface of everyday life and the terrible pressure society exerts to keep them hidden. Surrender to the quiet power of her storytelling, which greets you on every page like the embrace of a lover — or the grave.

Praise

“Gfrörer continues to build her reputation as one of the foremost contemporary horror cartoonists with this dense and disturbing psychological twist on the haunted house story.” — Publishers Weekly

“Gfrörer has earned a reputation within indie comics for her distinct aesthetic, mumblecore dialogue, persistent overtones of horror and suffering, and unapologetically sexual narratives, all of which come together in complex and surprising ways.” — Los Angeles Review of Books

“A masterful storyteller with a distinctive gothic style, Gfrörer is following in the footsteps of a select group of cartoonists with similar sensibilities. Edward Gorey comes to mind. A contemporary for Gfrörer would be the equally bookish visionary, Kate Beaton.” — Comics Grinder

“Gfrörer is amongst the most promising artist/authors of her generation. Her work is spare and elegant, yet the hand of the artist is always evident in her line. She is a powerhouse.” — Phoebe Gloeckner, author of Diary of a Teenage Girl

Specs

Pages
96
Format
Paperback / Softback
Color
Black and white
Dimensions
5.75" × 8.75"
ISBN-13
9781683963158
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