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Thrills and Chills

18 Sep

One night, when she was in her early teens, my niece rebecca stayed up with my twin sister and I to watch Psycho. It was an exciting and terrifying evening in which we screamed and had some good laughs.

Have you ever wondered what people did for this kind of fun before the advent of horror movies?

Rob Harrell offers an answer to this question in his graphic novel Monster on the Hill.


In a fantastical 1860s England, every quiet little township is terrorized by a ferocious monster–much to the townsfolk’s delight! Each town’s unique monster is a source of local pride, not to mention tourism. Each town, that is– except for one. Unfortunately, for the people of Stoker-on-Avon, their monster isn’t quite as impressive. In fact, he’s a little down in the dumps. Can the morose Rayburn get a monstrous makeover and become a proper horror? It’s up to the eccentric Dr. Charles Wilkie and plucky street urchin Timothy to get him up to snuff, before a greater threat turns the whole town to kindling.

This is fun romp with monsters and sure to be a favorite even with kids who don;t often read graphic novels.

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