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When I Arrived at the Castle
By (author): Emily Carroll
9781927668689 Paperback, Trade English General Trade COMICS & GRAPHIC NOVELS / Horror Apr 26, 2019
$22.50 CAD
Active 8 x 10.5 x 0.2 in 72 pages Color illustrations throughout Koyama Press
Like many before her that have never come back, she’s made it to the Countess’ castle determined to snuff out the horror, but she could never be prepared for what hides within its turrets; what unfurls under its fluttering flags. Emily Carroll has fashioned a rich gothic horror charged with eroticism that doesn’t just make your skin crawl, it crawls into it.

Emily Carroll is a writer and artist of numerous award-winning comics, including the horror collectionThrough the Woods, which won both an Eisner and the British Fantasy Award for 2014. Her online comics work include numerous short stories, with subject matter ranging from haunted rivers to ravenous hand lotions. Her most recent work is a graphic novel adaptation of Laurie Halse Anderson's 1999 novelSpeak. She lives in Stratford, ON with two dogs, one cat, and her wonderful and talented wife, Kate.

“Carroll’s lush, sensual artwork complements the material, creating a sense of ornate decadence and nightmarish disorientation with elegant but economical lines in a simple red-and-black color scheme with muted grey shadowing and splatter paint details.” —Publishers Weekly

“As violence and sex intermingle, it becomes more obvious that the stories express a nexus between fear and excitement, that moment when the possibilities are defined by fright and allure, and we this is a moment we have captured again and again in multiple fairy tales, legends, myths, and other types of stories through the eras.” — John Seven,The Comics Beat

“Carroll is drawing her line between erotic metaphor and blood-splattering literalness.” — Chris Gavaler,PopMatters

“Her full-bleed pages and limited palette, her incongruous close-ups, her weird shading and her unexpected teeth all surgically peel back your skin.” — Hillary Brown,Paste

“Carroll’s work feels ancient and gothic, like, say, a castle.” — James Hepplewhite,Bleeding Cool

“As with any good fairy tale, there is magic (of sorts). Here it takes shape through Carroll’s incredible capacity to scare…” — Shea Hennum,The Comics Journal

“The environs of the castle become part of the very structure of the page with those floating reds floating across the stygian darkness and giving the reader the feeling of characters moving as much through a void of experiences as they are a physical space.” — Andy Oliver,Broken Frontier

When I Arrived at the Castle feels like slipping into a rich velvet robe only to find that its red color is from centuries of bloodstains.” — Melissa Brinks,Women Write About Comics

Praise forThrough the Woods “Instead of the gratifying defeat of evil, the gothic stories often leave off unsettlingly with a twist of the knife, just at the moment some fresh horror beckons.”—Publishers Weekly (Publishers Weekly, starred review)

"Through the Woods is a triumph, it's gorgeous, soft and bright, and it is dark, earthy and spin-chilling. [Emily Carroll] should be recognized as one of the best graphic storytellers out there." — Kate Beaton, author ofHark! A Vagrant

"Beautiful, beguiling, and thrillingly eerie." — Michael Faber, author ofThe Crimson Petal and the White

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