Dick Briefer’s Frankenstein

Posted August 23, 2015 By JS Daly

Frankenstein

Dick Briefer’s Frankenstein

Written & Illustrated by Dick Briefer
Edited by Craig Yoe & Clizia Gussoni
 
The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics (#1)
Yoe Books
IDW Publishing, 2010
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
In this day and age, and even back in the 40s and early 1950s when this title was published, Frankenstein can be a boring fandom given our familiarity with Karloff’s rendition unless the author gives it an angle. Briefer succeeded in making the Monster fun both in comedy and in horror.
 
For the first three episodes of Frankenstein that appeared in Prize Comics #7-9, Briefer built upon the creature’s lust for revenge. How horrifying to have an undead thing dedicate itself, not to killing you, but to ensuring that you will be in an emotional hell, tortured for the rest of your days.
 

I spared you to live– to live in misery also– to watch and see the suffering and grief that I, your creation, will cause the human race. You will chase me, but never get me! I go now, always haunting and tormenting you!

 
Those three issues stand apart, as Frankenstein next becomes the classic, hateful monster we know and love, and the adventures are similar to that of Marvel’s Frankenstein Monster, though drawn more simply, and with far more surrealism.
 
This collection is far from the complete series, but provides choice, key episodes that afford the reader a taste of Briefer’s personal visions of the monster. Frankenstein was a recurring chapter in Prize Comics for years. He appeared in shorts among stories of other heroes like The Green Lama, Doctor Frost, and The Black Owl.
 
In Prize Comics #53, Franky becomes more cartoonish, and the stories become comedy, much in the vein of Charles Addams. The chapters are still well-written, now with the psychedelic taste of the ‘60s Harvey comics like Spooky and Hot Stuff. Briefer loved this version best, as do many fans. It is certainly a different character than the monster that traveled with us in the pages of Prize Comics #9-52, and a different feel altogether. At this point in time, the lovable monster got his own Title.
 
The stories are fabulous, and we see with the first issue Briefer’s take on The Bride and the “Manimals,” as well as a femme fatale siren. In the stories chosen by Yoe Books, we don’t see much here of his friends the Ghouls, Ghosts, and Vampires, but exploring that relationship properly would require an additional volume.
 
The Creature returns to horrifying after Frankenstein #17. Yoe gives us a story named “Tomb of the Living Dead” where the monster faces off against a race of zombies, A retake on The Bride, (this time with a more gruesome twist,) and a story showing the monster’s kinder side when it befriends two boys who, in return, save it from an angry mob of modern villagers. The story about a female monster was one of the best written, with palpable suspense and a pretty horrifying rendition of a psychopathic mate. The book finishes up with a touching tale about a cursed tree and the monster’s care for it.
 
The book’s introduction tells us a bit about Briefer, the myriad nom-de-plumes he wrote under, and his other works such as The Bronze Terror, a hero named Real American, (which was ground-breaking in its Native American protagonist, but still a horrible reflection of the time in which it was written.) I do wish there had been more about Briefer’s life story and what was behind each of the changes in the monster’s disposition.
 
Being the first of the Chilling Archives of Horror Comics series of reprint anthologies, I was impressed not only with the choice of stories, but in the quality of the binding, ink, and paper chosen for the reprints. Though the stories may be available online, it is just not as enjoyable or readable as holding pages in the hand. These editions are produced by someone with a love of the genre, and it shows.
 


”Cursed” Frankenstein
Prize Comics #7-52,
Frankenstein #18-33
 
“Merry Monster” Frankenstein
Frankenstein #1-17
Prize Comics #53-68
 

 


Here is a fantastic funny Frankenstein story from Prize Comics #68 that was not included in the Yoe compilation. Enjoy!
 









 


 
Frankenstein IGP

The Monster of Frankenstein:
The Complete 1950s Horror Comic

 
Edited by Jacobs, Robinson & Rabins
Idea Men Productions, 2006
Feature Publications
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Billed as Complete, the IMP reprint of Briefer’s work includes the tales of the grouchy version of Frankenstein’s Monster that appeared in the Frankenstein title. It is presented in black and white. While color was essential to the cartoon rendition of the monster, this Monster plays well in black line. (Unfortunately the resolution is fuzzy because this was not reproduced in pre-colored black-line ink, but comes from its color publications now simply printed without color.) Nonetheless, I am grateful for this chance to read the entire narrative at once in paper copy.
 
There is another story where the monster finds female companionship beside the psychopathic “She-Monster”. Of course, a cursed being can never find happiness, and the tale brings us to the edge of tears. The Monster takes on a skeleton collector in “The Ghoul”, and he creates his own timeless tribute to beauty in “The Beautiful Dead”, a chilling tale of priceless macabre irony.
 
The Monster also travels through literature as he lives a rendition of Pygmalion in “The Monster & the Statue”, Moby Dick in “Battle of the Monsters”, and “Frankenstein and the Plant” reprises Little Shop of Horrors, (that itself can be traced back to a 1932 story called “Green Thoughts”, by John Collier and ultimately to the H.G. Wells story “The flowering of the Strange Orchid” (1894)… or perhaps Briefer was influenced by a contemporary version, “The Hybrid” on an episode of the old time radio show Nightmare that aired in 1954, the same year of the Frankenstein issue’s publication.)
 
This was released in paperback, standard graphic novel format, and offers a readable, continuous exploration of Briefer’s talent.
 


 

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Library of Souls: #StayPeculiar Giveaway

Posted August 7, 2015 By JS Daly

 

We can’t sleep! We are too excited about the upcoming release of Library of Souls, the third novel of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children!

 
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Time is running out for the Peculiar Children. With a dangerous madman on the loose and their beloved Miss Peregrine still in danger, Jacob Portman and Emma Bloom are forced to stage the most daring of rescue missions. They’ll travel through a war-torn landscape, meet new allies, and face greater dangers than ever. . . . Will Jacob come into his own as the hero his fellow Peculiars know him to be? This action-packed adventure features more than 50 all-new Peculiar photographs.
 



Quirk Books Wants To Send You To See RANSOM RIGGS on His LIBRARY OF SOULS #STAYPECULIAR Book Tour!


To celebrate the release, Quirk Books is sponsoring a five-city #StayPeculiar TOUR, with author Ransom Riggs visiting NYC, Houston, Chicago, Atlanta, and Los Angeles. Each event will have surprises and awesome guests.
 
Since not everyone lives close by, Quirk is running a sweepstakes for a chance to win a VIP trip to see Ransom at one of his tour cities. It will be a fabulously fun sweepstakes! Just peculiarize yourself, post it on the social media of your choice with the tag #staypeculiar, and share your link at: www.quirkbooks.com/los. The deadline for entry is midnight on September 1st!
 
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Tote Bag Giveaway

…and WE would like to celebrate by giving away a #StayPeculiar tote bag!


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To enter, Do one of the following:
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Then, send an email with the subject header “#StayPeculiar” to fright4kids @ gmail.com and answer the following: Who is directing the upcoming Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children movie?
 
Please include your name and address (U.S. Residents only. You must be 18 years old. Only one entry per person. The winner will be chosen at random.)
 
Tote giveaway ends at 11:59 PM EST on August 23th, 2015.
 
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Reviews of the first two books:

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Hollow City


 


The Winner:

Alice Wu
from Downingtown, PA



 

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Cemetery Boys

Posted July 15, 2015 By JS Daly

Cemetery Boys

Cemetery Boys

by Heather Brewer
 
HarperCollins, 2015
 
288 Pages
 
Young Adult (13-17)
 
four_stars
 
three-skulls
 
 
 
If you loved The Lost Boys, this book has the same feel. It’s about a group of delinquent boys who have a secret, and a new kid trying to fit in who is given a choice.
 
Stephen and his dad move to a painfully small rural town when his mother lands in a mental ward and the medical bills start piling up. In America in this day and age, an extended hospital stay pretty much ensures bankruptcy. So, in the town where his dad grew up, amid stares at the new kid and a psychotically strict grandmother, Steven ventures forth to find friends. Lucky dog, the first kid his age he meets is a totally hot goth chick who actually likes him.
 
Her name is Cara, and her mother went a little crazy herself when Cara’s father died. Now her mom wanders the town on Sundays explaining to anyone in sight that their sins will not be forgiven. Her brother Devon is a bit of a maniac. He’s the most charismatic of a band of guys who hang out each night at the cemetery (“The Playground”) and get drunk, ‘cause what else is there to do out in the country, right?
 
Stephen finds Devon’s journal and can’t help looking. It’s filled with sketches of dark bird-like creatures. The same things that he has seen on a mural in town. In fact, all of Spencer is downright obsessed with the legend of “The Winged Ones,” even the local police. Stephen finds black feathers near the reservoir.
 

I couldn’t believe this was really happening.
“YOU’RE GONNA BURN!”
Shit.

 
Tension becomes raw hate between Stephen and his grandmother when she “puts away” every reminder of his mother in the house. Then his henpecked dad starts to criticize his relationship with Cara. But the challenges of a romance with her are hard to ignore given that Stephen’s been warned in no uncertain terms by her brother not to hurt her.
 
During Stephen and the gang’s nights of revelry the local theater burns down. Things are going bad for the town and getting worse. Everyone acts as though they are stuck there forever. No one seems able to leave.
 
Things get tense between the boys when Markus shows up with a broken arm. He had shown Stephen some old newspaper articles in the local library basement about a peculiar death in the town a few years earlier. Devon wasn’t happy about that, but Markus won’t admit who is responsible.
 
Things finally come to a head when Stephen gets suspicious that Devon’s fanaticism for the Winged Ones might go too far. They say the only way to return Spencer to prosperity after the Winged Ones bring their cyclical cloud of evil… is a human sacrifice. There is a long, very real history of people being murdered just before things turn around for the dismal burg.
 
Would Devon really get his band of rowdies to drag a homeless guy over the cliff’s edge? Is Cara safe? Markus has said too much, and Stephen himself is an outsider.
 
I am reminded of The Wicker Man as a town’s dark faith becomes insanity. But what about the sound of wings overhead? Maybe they aren’t so crazy.
 

…after a long, hungry glance upward, he dropped his dark eyes to me. ”You’re in luck, Stephen. They’re famished, so this should go pretty fast for you!”

 
At the end, I was left with that gut clenching feeling I usually get from a creepy Ray Bradbury story. My soul wanted a cathartic revenge, a slaughter of the guilty, a rescue of the innocent, but it was not to be. The only winner was Death. The horror is rooted more in the unchecked beliefs of the locals rather than the supernatural entities themselves, but it’s refreshing to encounter a new type of monster.
 
The story is effective in its slow, clouds-rolling-in-at-dusk exploration of a country crucible. I felt the camaraderie of the boys trapped in their rural hopelessness, and the atmosphere has a tangible Children of the Corn air to it. As we would expect from Brewer, the climax has explosions and blood.
 
Though the author has said this will be a stand-alone novel, the resolution feels a bit like the Sword of Damocles…
 

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An Interview with Dan Poblocki

Posted June 11, 2015 By JS Daly
Dan Poblocki is the author of an ossuary full of horror books written for kids, including The Nightmarys, The Ghost of Graylock, and his most recent, The Book of Bad Things. He joins Awake at Midnight under gathering clouds that mark the impending release of The House on Stone’s Throw Island.

 
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Awake at Midnight:
Names like New Starkham and Dexter August in The Stone Child hint at a strong Lovecraftian influence in your writing. How do you avoid falling into the standard tropes like creeping tentacles and The Necronomicon and still bring a mythos flavor to a story?

 
Dan Poblocki:
Lovecraft has definitely been an influence in my writing. (For true chills, nothing beats
The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.) What I love so much about his stories is that, most often, the most horrifying scenes are the ones in which he allows you to imagine the horror that is lurking in the darkness without describing it outright. I connect with this aspect of his writing more so than the larger mythos that people associate with him– the tentacles and Necronomicon and such.
 
I also appreciate that the different towns he writes about each have their own kind of folklore/ monsters. I thought it would be fun to use that construct, especially in
The Stone Child and The Nightmarys, which I sort of see as companion books. Gatesweed’s monsters in The Stone Child have a different flavor than the evil that lurks in The Nightmarys’ New Starkham, yet I wanted each place to feel like it had its own specific history that would catalyze their respective troubles.
 
 

How do you go about designing the puzzles in your stories, like the words in Hesselius’ lighthouse floor in The Nightmarys or Rebecca’s poem in The Ghost of Graylock, (and of course, The Mysterious Four series)? What do you do when a puzzle/solution doesn’t fit into a story the way you want it to?

 
The story is what demands the design of the puzzle. I really don’t even remember what inspired the puzzle solutions in The Nightmarys and Graylock. (The Mysterious Four is another thing entirely… Those books were incredibly difficult to write! Puzzles upon puzzles and clues upon clues…) Ultimately, the characters must meet obstacles while barreling toward their goal– whether that obstacle is an enemy, a personal problem, or a secret code that needs to be deciphered, I strive to never make it easy for them.
 
I keep a notebook that I fill with ideas of objects and numbers and images that might somehow connect.
 
I often think of the story’s ending first, and then work backwards, planting clues throughout the book for the characters to discover along the way and then use to bash through whatever obstacle pops up. If a puzzle/solution isn’t working for the story, or if I find it’s making things too complicated, I’ll simply cut it. I try not to fall in love with any particular idea or image. I’ve cut out entire characters and plotlines when they’ve become too troublesome.
 


Stone Child Nightmarys Ghost of Greylock


 

Authors and editors often say it’s difficult to find a balance in books for the middle-school audience where a story is easy to read, but not condescending. Is there is a similar level of “scariness” you try to maintain for your readers, or do you strive to write the most frightening story you can?

 
I’ve had the pleasure of working with some editors who don’t worry about “scariness” level, so I don’t really worry about condescending to my readers. I feel like my writing voice is pitched right around that middle-grade area. I write what I want to read, or what I remember loving when I was in fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth grade. That age is so unique — you literally are in the “middle” — not quite ready to leave childhood behind entirely, but you’re also kind of unprepared for what adult life is about to throw at you. Being in this middle place can be scary.
 
I remember fretting near the end of my sixth grade year that seventh grade was going to be SO much harder. My fear of seventh grade got so bad I had trouble sleeping. Emotions are already so intense at the age of 12, I think it’s not such a large leap to add something supernatural or spooky into the mix of everyday life. I think that middle-schoolers can relate to scary experiences, because they already live in that liminal space.
 
That being said, I do strive to write the most frightening story I can. In fact, my editors have sometimes suggested I make the books more frightening. And once I was given that permission, I was like: GREAT! LET’S DO THIS. HAHAHAHA!!!
 
I’ve realized that the line I can’t really cross has to do with graphic violence. It’s a fine line, and difficult to discern, because bad things do happen to the characters in my books (sometimes even very bad things), but I try to write sensitively about those things. Sometimes this restriction (in terms of what the age-group can handle) helps– less can be more when it comes to the horror genre. Like I mentioned regarding Lovecraft, what the reader comes up with when a writer leaves out a vivid or bloody description can be a much more terrifying story experience.
 
 

How do you outline? How many scary scenes does it take to build a strong ambiance of fear?

 
It depends on the book. Sometimes I’ll just start writing and see where it goes. Most often, I’ll have a sense of the characters and place, as well as an idea of where the story will end up. Then when I’m about fifty or so pages in, I’ll start to lay out a more specific outline. Sometimes, a single scene will call for play-by-play choreographed movement around a place. (I had to do that for the action-packed scene at the end of Gabriel Ashe, when Gabriel rushes into the burning barn, literally outlining every step he took.)
 
As for how many scenes does it take to create a certain ambiance, that’s the sort of thing I get a sense of once I have a first draft written. I can read back through the manuscript (usually a giant mess) and take notes and move scenes around, or make cuts, deletions, or additions based on how things are flowing.
 


Gabriel Ashe Bad Things Stones Throw Island


 

Your readers have heard of the town of Heaverhill in more than one book, and Nathaniel Olmstead from The Stone Child comes up again in The Haunting of Gabriel Ashe; will future books continue to draw on and expand the same shared world?

 
I think so. I never plan on it, but it just sort of happens. As a reader, I think it’s fun when I discover a link between a certain author’s separate works. Stephen King does this a lot. I’ve also noticed an obscure connection between M.T. Anderson’s science-fiction novel,
Feed, and his historical epic, The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing, which made me feel really smart! David Mitchell is also a magician in terms of intertwining story.
 
An author’s mind is its own contained world, so why not have all the stories that live there connect, even if only in minuscule ways? Whenever a reader points out that they’ve noticed my “easter-eggs,” I give them a little wink for paying such close attention.
 
 

Many of your stories deal with abandoned places. What kind of “urban exploration” have you done for inspiration?

 
Most of my exploration has occurred only online. I’ve watched way too many YouTube videos of people crawling through the ruins of abandoned houses, mansions, hospitals, and prisons. Living in New York City has made it hard to go do it myself. Abandoned sites in and around New York can be truly dangerous. And since I don’t own a car, it’s hard for me to venture out on my own.
 
But I’d be totally up for it, if anyone can suggest a safe, legal way to do it!
 
 

Was Graylock based on a real hospital in upstate New York? How did you discover it? Can you tell us more about it?

 
Graylock is an amalgam of a few places. There actually was an abandoned psychiatric hospital north of where I grew up in New Jersey, called Greystone, which I believe is in the process of being destroyed to make room for new housing. (Boo!) I never went inside, but my family drove us through the grounds when I was a kid. It freaked me out, imagining that much of the old furniture and equipment was just sitting inside, rotting. People told lots of stories about it, some of which made their way into my book.
 
There is another (functioning) psychiatric hospital up in Massachusetts, not far from where my family now lives, that sits on a lake. That lake was an aspect I decided would work well for my little story.
 
 

What was the scariest experience you recall having as a child?

 
As a kid who spooked really easily, this is a very hard question to answer. There are SO many! My imagination was always filling in the gaps of things I didn’t understand – and it filled them with horrors. Thankfully, I lived a very pleasant childhood. Nothing very traumatic ever happened to me. But that didn’t stop me from freaking out occasionally.
 
The most terrified I ever remember being was on a summer night when I was lying in bed, the window open beside me, the electric fan cooling me off. It was a ranch-style house, so my room was on the ground floor. From just outside the window, in the thick evergreen bushes, I heard a voice call out. It sounded like a very young child. “Mommy?” it said. I froze. What the heck was a little kid doing outside in the middle of the night? The voice called out again, this time louder. “MOMMY?” I heard the bushes rustling. I sat up, unable to catch my breath. I was just about to call out to my own parents, when the voice called a third time, this time rising at the end into what sounded like a howl of pain and terror. “MOMMMMMYYYYYY???”
 
At this point, I started screaming too. My parents came running. I told them what I’d heard, certain that there was a toddler or a baby outside who was lost or trying to crawl away from something truly awful. My mom and dad peeked outside and discovered that it was only a couple of neighborhood cats who were getting rowdy.
 
I was shocked. I had no idea that animals could sound so human. I also had no idea that my imagination could go to such a dark place. It was a real learning experience.
 


Hauntings Heists Clocks and Robers Monsters Mischief


 

Who do you feel are the most exciting new mid-grade/young adult horror authors?

 
Jonathan Auxier has written the most frightening middle-grade book I’ve read recently:
The Night Gardener. Truly imaginative with the most frightening villain maybe in all of kid’s literature. Aaron Starmer’s The Riverman trilogy has some horrific and exciting elements for middle-grade readers (or adults!) looking for strange fantasy set in the 1980s suburbia. Andrew Harwell’s The Spider Ring is a creepy story full of heart (and spiders). I’m hotly anticipating Lair of Dreams— Libba Bray’s follow-up to her 1920’s supernatural teen-novel, The Diviners. Also on the YA side, I really loved Robin Wasserman’s The Waking Dark, Barry Lyga’s I Hunt Killers, and Rick Yancey’s Monstrumologist series, which is one of the darkest literary horror tomes of all time. I also couldn’t put down Gretchen Mcneil’s Ten (a riff on Agatha’s Christie’s And Then There Were None) which reads like a clever homage to old-school R.L. Stine Fear Street books. And Holly Black is my go to for very spooky urban fantasy – The Darkest Part of the Forest was awesome in so many ways.
 
It really is an exciting time for readers looking for frightening page-turners. I can’t wait to see what else is on the horizon.
 
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What was your favorite John Bellairs novel and why?

 
I love the original Lewis Barnavelt trilogy the most.
The House With the Clock in its Walls, The Figure in the Shadows, and The Letter, the Witch, and the Ring. I just love how weird and funny and comforting they are – strange aspects for horror-fantasies, no? Also, the dynamic between Lewis’s magician uncle, Jonathan (Weird Beard), and their elderly witch neighbor, Mrs. Zimmerman, is classic and defines for me John Bellairs’s greatest strength– quirky grown up characters who are surrogate parents to his young protagonists.
 
 

You’ve mentioned your own growing collection of very creepy toys. Which is your favorite (and why)?

 
Years ago, while exploring some thrift stores in upstate New York, I came across a broken, wind-up stuffed monkey that I recognized from the cover of one of Stephen King’s story collections. In his scary tale called “The Monkey,” the namesake’s cursed cymbals crash together whenever something bad is about to happen. The monkey that I found was the same kind of toy. Its expression made it look like it wanted to kill someone. No wonder it inspired Mr. King.
 
The wind up mechanism in the monkey that I found was broken . . . as was the monkey’s face. His eyes were pushed into his plastic head and gaped out, slightly askew. But he had the same striped pants, and yellow vest, and he clutched the same cymbals I recognized from the book. I couldn’t resist. I had to get him.
 
I think I like him so much because he’s broken. I feel a little bad for him. But if he could actually still play his instrument, I don’t think I could keep him in my apartment. I mean, what would happen if I heard him chiming in the night…?
 

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The Book of Bad Things

Posted June 5, 2015 By JS Daly

Bad Things

The Book of Bad Things

by Dan Poblocki
 
Scholastic, 2014
 
256 Pages
 
Young Adult
 
four_stars
 

 
 
 
 
I reserved this book from the library for the sheer enjoyment of asking for it by name! Dan Poblocki again proves himself a master of the middle-grade horror novel. His latest is perfectly suited for fans of John Bellairs, Julie Berry’s Splurch Academy, or Phyllis Reynolds Naylor’s The Witch’s Sister who are ready to take a step into darker shadows. There are some pretty creepy chapters in this book, my favorite being a nightmare version of the trash compactor scene in Star Wars.
 
Cassidy Bean is visiting her sponsor family for the summer, part of a program to get city kids out of the asphalt squalor to breathe some fresh country air. Only her friend Joey just isn’t the same this year. He’s withdrawn and despondent, still grieving over the loss of his dog last year. Or it could be that he still blames Cassidy for Lucky’s death, since she’s the one who had the genius idea to go and have a regular, normal, everyday chat with their town’s resident crazy-lady at the end of the road– a visit that resulted in Lucky’s death.
 

** Dead Dog Alert **

Lucky was horrifically murdered last year, appearing to be either the result of psychic phenomena… or Ursula’s insanity.

But the crazy hoarder-lady, Ursula, has just died and the town has come out in droves, filching her stuff faster than you could grab the stapler from a co-worker’s cubicle when he quits.
 

Soon, she became a pariah, the target of eggings, of small fires set in her driveway, of the awful graffiti that now decorated all sides of the poor old farmhouse. They started calling her The Hermit of Chase Estates.

 
Cassidy finds a more receptive friend in the next door neighbor Ping, an outcast who has an interest in the paranormal. This is great, because Cassidy needs someone to confide in. One night she sees Ursula shambling down the road in a zombie-like stupor with a limping Lucky beside her. Then the townsfolk who snagged stuff from Ursula’s house begin to complain of ghostly visitations from the old lady– and then begin to die in horrifying ways.
 
The “Book of Bad Things” refers to Cassidy’s diary. She uses it to record all of the bad stuff she can think of. I’m reminded of a line from Zero Mostel’s appearance on The Muppet Show: “Once they’re counted and compelled, they may quickly be dispelled.” That’s the idea behind the journal; it provides a sense of order and security in a world where bad things can happen, and Cassidy has recently had a pretty big scare. Will her enumeration of every horror she has ever faced help her against the oncoming zombie crisis?
 

His exposed skin was shriveled, vacuum-sealed to his bones. His jaw hung open, his lips pulled back to expose what were left of his brown teeth. His hair was long and grey and wet, plastered to his skull and neck, dangling down to his shoulders…

 
Poblocki skillfully raises our hackles in suspense as we wonder what’s causing the dead to rise. The mystery deepens as Cassidy, Joey, and Ping explore the ley-lines that converge within the town and discover a hole in the cellar wall when they go to explore the crazy lady’s festering house. The author pulls no punches in this Night of the Living Dead meets Stephen King’s It terror tale. The zombies are real, and there’s something dark slithering under the town.
 

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