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The Spectral Engine

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FEATURES A GLOW IN THE DARK COVER. To glimpse the Spectral Engine is to face the moment of your own death. In Ray Fawkes’s stunning and brilliantly conceived new graphic novel, the Spectral Engine is the unearthly entity that brings together thirteen historically documented ghost stories – from across the country and throughout the centuries – to tell a timeless narrative of life, death, and redemption. 

A ghostly white horse is a heartbreaking reminder of the clash ...

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Overview

FEATURES A GLOW IN THE DARK COVER. To glimpse the Spectral Engine is to face the moment of your own death. In Ray Fawkes’s stunning and brilliantly conceived new graphic novel, the Spectral Engine is the unearthly entity that brings together thirteen historically documented ghost stories – from across the country and throughout the centuries – to tell a timeless narrative of life, death, and redemption. 

A ghostly white horse is a heartbreaking reminder of the clash between two warring First Nations tribes. Decades after the luxury ocean liner Empress of Ireland vanishes into the St. Lawrence River along with 1,012 souls, its wreckage continues to claim lives. A hunter’s encounter with the Wendigo of the North leaves him with a terrible hunger. A young escaped slave attempts to make the treacherous journey to freedom via the Underground Railroad. The triumphant completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway brings only tragedy to a Chinese railway worker. And in a poignant story of urban isolation, a young woman discovers that loneliness transcends death. By turns chilling and moving, this breathtaking book is a powerful reminder of the deeply human desire to be remembered.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
10/21/2013
Artist-writer Fawkes draws on Canada's rich history of tragedy and supernatural tales to produce a work filled with foreboding but also a kind of hope. The appearance of the black train foreshadows death. In these ghost stories, a captain chooses death over defeat, a trapper who surrendered to despair-driven corruption seeks absolution beyond the grave, a fog-sabotaged liner takes over a thousand souls with it when it heads to the bottom of the St. Lawrence, Toronto's new subway offers a woman what she believes will be a final escape from loneliness, hunger makes a man a monster, and a nun's shade recapitulates the events that led to her accidental death over and over. Although the train signals inevitable doom in this life, it also provides refuge for the dead, the one place where they are guaranteed passage safe from the travails of their lives. Torontonian Fawkes, known for his work on the re-launch of DC Comic's Constantine and his recent graphic novel One Soul, demonstrates the skills that have made him a Harvey, Eisner and three-time Shuster Award finalist with art heavy on inks and more evocative than realist married to a story that embraces Canadian lore while building on it. Agent: Ron Eckel, The Cooke Agency International. (Oct.)
From the Publisher
“With his superb new book, Ray Fawkes takes you on a deep dark journey through Canada’s secret history, one of hidden ghosts and long-forgotten legends that will haunt you long after you close the book. His brilliantly expressive and kinetic artwork makes these ghost stories pulse with an eerie afterlife unlike anything you’ve ever seen. You don’t just read The Spectral Engine, you experience it.”
–Jeff Lemire, author of Essex County
 
“What Ray Fawkes has done is weave together stories of lost souls and history in a way you will never forget. This book breathes new life into a forgotten past that will haunt you with its loss and mystery.”
– Matt Kindt, author of Super Spy
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780771030932
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart Ltd.
  • Publication date: 10/15/2013
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Ray Fawkes is the critically acclaimed creator of One Soul, a finalist for the Harvey Award for Best Graphic Novel and the Eisner Award for Best Graphic Album. He is a three-time finalist for the Joe Shuster Award and the winner of the American Library Association’s YALSA Award for the first book in his Possessions series. He is currently writing Constantine and Justice League Dark for DC Comics. Ray Fawkes lives in Toronto. 

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