Monday, October 12, 2015

A Train Full of Ghosts

The Spectral Engine
written and illustrated by Ray Fawkes

This graphic novel contains 13 ghost stories from all over Canada that have been historically documented.  The thing that connects them is a ghostly black train engine that defies distance and time.

I love ghost stories, especially, if they're Canadian.  They're usually connected to the Canadian identity and our history, which can be dark and full of sadness.  The book includes stories about a sunken ship in the St. Lawrence River, a hunter meeting a wendigo in the wilderness and the Canadian Pacific Railway and the people who built it.

A great read that is also pretty terrifying not just with the stories but also with the art.  I hope this Halloween you'll give this book a chance.

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