BOOK REVIEW | GOTHIC TALES OF HAUNTED LOVE

Title: Gothic Tales of Haunted Love

Author: Edited by  Hope Nicholson and S.M. Beiko. Various authors.

Series Number: 1

Publication Date: January 23, 2018

Genres: Graphic Novels

Where I received the book: I received a copy of this book from the publishers via netgalley in exchange for a honest review.

Star rating:★★★★

Summary: Gothic Tales of Haunted Love is a new comics anthology curated by Hope Nicholson (The Secret Loves of Geek Girls) and S.M. Beiko (Scion of the Fox).

In 1950s Vietnam, a lost soul comes to the aid of his lover’s field under attack by American troops.

In Victorian Boston, a new governess comes to care for the rogueish widower of a stately manor and his charming brood of children.

A fashion journalist lands the interview of her dreams – but it unearths the deadly secrets of Taiwan’s most popular fashion designer.

A Sioux elder revives a recently deceased woman who sets out to recover her lost love.

A Jamaican slave faces the horrors of her hateful mistress, on the eve of her liberation.

A Brazilian writer-in-exile discovers the dark history of an abandoned mansion inhabited by a charming and sensual ghost.

And a young bride spins a story of murder and deceit that paints her husband as a killer . . . but is there any truth to her tale?

Featuring 19 original stories from some of modern comics’ finest talent, Gothic Tales of Haunted Love collects fragments of lovers torn apart, romantic liasons with the unliving, ghostly revenge, and horrific deeds, in the vein of the short-lived 1970s gothic romance comics.

A foreword on gothic romance comics is provided by historian Jacque Nodell, and the collection also features a reprint of the 1970s Korean horror-romance comic “The Promise” by Sanho Kim.

BOOKDEPOSITORY | AMAZON | BEDSIDE PRESS

i’ve requested a few from netgalley, but i couldn’t seem to get the files to actually work. and in all honesty, i didn’t even think i was going to enjoy this graphic novel. little did i know, gothic tales of haunted love would become one of my favourite non superhero related graphic novels.

the first story is definitely my favourite. it was unexpected, to say the least. i think it’s my favourite not because of the story but because my hopes were rather low to begin with. i like the fact that there’s so many diverse works (i literally just found out that many are actually own voices).

the stories could’ve been creepier to fit the gothic narrative, but considering i thought it was all sappy romance stories, i’m happy with the murders and whatnot.

i really enjoyed the artwork, it was great to see so many different styles. i also really enjoyed how short the stories were. i read some reviews where they complain about the length but i actually found it refreshing  and nice. i haven’t read a graphic novel anthology before, but my experience with non graphic novel ones is that the stories tend to drag out and are rather boring. considering the length of some of the stories, i still connected with some of the characters and got into it. (i know some people struggle with this)

anyway, thanks so much to the publishers for providing me with a copy to review, i didn’t regret a single minute i spent reading it! definitely a good book to recommend to friends and family.

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