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House
     

House

by Josh Simmons
 

2007 Ignatz Award Nominee: Outstanding Graphic Novel. Three teens explore a mysterious abandoned mansion together. As they venture deeper into the sinister, isolated building, events force them to confront their own mortality. A tour de force of claustrophobic horror.
In the thick of a dense wood, a young man comes upon a decrepit house and two teen-aged

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2007 Ignatz Award Nominee: Outstanding Graphic Novel. Three teens explore a mysterious abandoned mansion together. As they venture deeper into the sinister, isolated building, events force them to confront their own mortality. A tour de force of claustrophobic horror.
In the thick of a dense wood, a young man comes upon a decrepit house and two teen-aged girls, who quickly decide to explore the abandoned house together. Simmons captures the aloof ennui and deep curiosity of being a teenager — that is, until events force them to confront their own mortality.
This adventurous, silent graphic novel demonstrates the solid strength of this young cartoonist's storytelling ability. Whether plunging into the watery depths of a sinkhole that has obviously swallowed part of a town or entering the uncertain hidden corridors of the house, every turn is captured with intensity by Simmons' scratchy pen. Page composition and panel arrangements are masterfully coordinated to reflect the characters' increasingly claustrophobic panic as the story reaches its crescendo, and to cause a similar and palpable reaction in the reader. House is Josh Simmons' first full-length graphic novel after years of honing his craft on the humorous, underground comic series Happy, and it is a visual and formal tour de force that proclaims Simmons a major cartooning talent of the new century.

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School Library Journal

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With a cover depicting a menacing portrait of an old man, House is forbidding from the outset. The wordless story begins with an eerie calm that is reminiscent of the opening scenes of a horror movie. Tension builds as readers wait to find out what will go wrong. Three teens meet at an abandoned mansion in the woods and explore dusty hallways and moldering rooms. Two of the friends kiss, and the awkward discomfort and isolation of the third add to the unsettling air of the adventure. The house slowly gets the better of the explorers as one by one they are separated, injured, and become lost in a maze of dark passageways. At first glance, their problems do not seem insurmountable, so their sudden change of fortune is almost as disquieting as the unfortunate result of their curiosity. The illustrations begin as a few black lines on a field of white, gradually becoming darker as the scenario becomes more grim. The dark shadows trap the characters on the page, and the final scenes are almost entirely black, with only pinpricks of light illuminating the lost friends. Recommend this one to fans of cult horror movies and horror novels, and to those who prefer their graphic novels wordless.-Heidi Dolamore, San Mateo County Library, CA

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781560978558
Publisher:
Fantagraphics Books
Publication date:
07/02/2007
Pages:
80
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.40(d)
Age Range:
16 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Josh Simmons hails from Storrs Mansfield, CT, and lives in Seattle, WA.

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