Monday, October 31, 2005

The Chuckling Whatsit

And just in time for Halloween, I had enough time to squeeze in another book appropriate for the season, Richard Sala's The Chuckling Whatsit. This is quite a crime noir book, complete with lunatics escaped from the asylum, a band of thugs and people tiptoeing around every which way, watching everyone. There's a huge host of characters and more twists and turns than you can shake a stick at. At its heart, this is quite a mystery, but the horror elements are close to the surface of the story as well. The Gull Street Ghoul has returned after a long absence to kill fortune tellers, boasting a mask sewn from human flesh. There are black crows galour and creepy, laughing dolls that get under your skin. A perfect book to read on a dark and stormy night. And Richard's Sala has such a unique, great style that's it's just fun to look at the panels and the dark atmosphere he presents.

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