Freaks of the Heartland

Freaks of the Heartland


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Trevor's monstrous little brother lives in the barn behind the house. The boy's only six years old, but he towers over his older brother, and possesses incredible strength. For years, Trevor has looked after his baby brother, keeping him from the light, but now that's all about to change. His family's secret is about to be revealed, uncovering the horrible truth of the small midwestern town the boys have grown up in.

Collected in a deluxe hardcover edition and sized at a generous 9" x 12", Freaks of the Heartland has now been redesigned to perfectly display Ruth's stunning artwork.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781595829689
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
Publication date: 07/24/2012
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 8.20(w) x 12.20(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Steve Niles was born June 21, 1965. He is an American comic book author and novelist, known for works such as 30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre, Simon Dark, Mystery Society, and Batman: Gotham County Line. Niles was born in Jackson, New Jersey, and he was raised in the Washington, DC suburbs, developing various creative interests in music, writing, and making amateur films. He is credited among other contemporary writers for bringing horror comics back to prominence.

Greg Ruth is an author and illustrator of comic books and books for young readers. He is the author and artist of The Lost Boy, a New York Times bestselling graphic novel with Scholastic; and the illustrator of Our Enduring Spirit by President Barack Obama (HarperCollins, 2009), and Indeh: A Story of the Apache Wars by Ethan Hawke (Hachette Books). Greg Ruth has also published with many other comic book publishers, including Dark Horse Comics and Fantagraphics Books. He lives in western Massachusetts.

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Freaks of the Heartland 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
MartyAllen on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Niles' and Ruth's graphic novel is interesting in its approach. Word bubbles are few, and complement the images well. Readers are reminded of a horror movie with sparse soundtrack--full of building suspense. Artwork is oil-based and subdued, reminiscent of the historical time period and darker tone of the story. The tale is told primarily in this artwork, making this approach all the more important. The story itself is both creepy and sweet, as the main characters, two brothers, one a "freak of the heartland", try to save each other from their town's dark secret. Readers will not be able to put this down. The one downside is the lack of explanation for the strangeness of the children, but the story is suspenseful enough that this is easily forgiven.
lostinalibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Freaks of the heartland is a graphic novel about family secrets, monsters, and brotherly love somewhere in the rural midwest. Young Trevor's life is a hard one - his father is a cruel bully and his mother has been beaten down until she is hardly more than a shadow. His six-year-old brother, Will, is a freak, monstrously huge and monstrously deformed. He is kept chained in the barn to keep him from prying eyes and to hide the family's 'shame'. But Trevor loves his brother and does his best to protect him from their father. So when he hears his father planning to kill Will, he tries to stop it. Unfortunately, things go wrong and Trevor decides that he and Will have to run away before the neighbours catch them.My one problem with Freaks is the ending - it's too abrupt and, in a story which has the emotional impact of this one, you can't help but want more and to feel a little cheated when you don't get it.That aside, however, Freaks of the Heartland is a pretty damn good graphic novel. The story grabs you; there is a strong message but it doesn't clobber the reader over the head; and the graphics are, to say the least, stunning.As a tale of horror, Freaks of the Heartland is more Mary Shelley than HP Lovecraft. Its message is one of tolerance and acceptance and that sometimes it is hard to know who the real monsters are. if you're looking for a gorefest with lots of action and blood, you might want to give this one a pass. But if you like graphic novels with gorgeous graphics and an intelligent (albeit abrupt) storyline, Freaks is definitely worth the time.
nfmgirl2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was my first graphic novel, aside from comic books and Heavy Metal as a kid. But the cover caught my eye.I loved the graphics in this novel! The colors reminded me of the movie Sin City. Beiges and tans, gold, black, with striking orange and red splattered throughout. The colors of fall.The faces were very expressive, and one of my favorites was one that did not make it into the finished product (as it was deemed too "scary" for the character to gain the sympathy of the reader), but it can be found in the "Sketchbook and Notes" at the end of the novel.The novel had a good storyline, and attracted me because of the "creep factor". The idea of a giant deformed kid being kept in the barn, hidden from society, was just too creepy to resist!So, for someone like me that has never read a graphic novel, this was a great way to be introduced to the genre. The author was also behind the graphic novel 30 Days of Night, which was adapted to movie a few years ago, and I absolutely love that movie. It has the ultimate "creep factor"!If you like graphic novels, or if you like horror, check out Freaks of the Heartland. You won't be sorry!