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October 2021 Canadian Fiction

An Eddy on the Floor
A Ghost Story for Christmas
By (author): Bernard Capes Illustrated by: Seth
Bernard Capes ,

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Paperback , Trade


Oct 26, 2021
$9.50 CAD


6in x 4 x 0.32 in | 100 gr


5 B&W illustrations
Horror and supernatural fiction|Fiction: general and literary|Holidays, events and seasonal interest
World-renowned and Giller-nominated cartoonist Seth returns with three new ghost stories for 2021.

After attending a séance at an acquaintance’s home, a man receives an unexpected job offer from another guest: resident doctor at the prison he directs. But when a prisoner begs to have his cell moved, terrified of what’s behind the next door, the young doctor starts to question his luck.

  • Attractively designed and illustrated by renowned cartoonist Seth, author of Giller-nominated Clyde Fans and creator of several New Yorker covers, etc.
  • Small trim size and inexpensive price are perfect for register display.
  • Seth-designed loader ideal for register placement available.
  • "2018 was the first time I put out an entire [Christmas Ghost Stories] display, and they flew off the shelf … collectively, the books were right at the top of my bestseller list for the season."—James Crossley, Madison Books (Seattle, WA)
  • “When we put our first display of Christmas Ghost Stories on the counter in 2016, we weren’t expecting them to sell as quickly as they did! Now we know to order A LOT way in advance of December. Our customers continue to love this series, and so do our staff.”—Marlene England, Curious Iguana (Frederick, MD)
  • "We faced [XGS] out together on the shelf and our customers LOVED them. We sold far more than we anticipated. We’re bringing back the ones that sold last year and have new ones on order as well."—Susan Skirboll, Kramerbooks (Washington, DC)
  • Similar series of Xmas Ghost Stories by Galley Beggar Press have sold 30,000+ in UK.
  • Very strong response from media looking for "feel good" holiday news stories from multiple angles, including: 1) reviving old traditions, 2) novel and appealingly counter-intuitive take on Christmas as a spooky time of year, 3) Seth's recognition and reputation for great interviews 4) inclusion in holiday shopping gift guides
  • Potential marketing to specialty shops, incl. comic book stores, Christmas gift stores
  • Striking design and classic stories make the books appealing as collectibles
  • Bernard Capes (1854 – 1918) was an English author of more than forty books, including romances, mysteries, poetry, and ghost stories.

    Seth is the cartoonist behind the comic-book series Palookaville, which started in the stone age as a pamphlet and is now a semi-annual hardcover. His comics have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Best American Comics, and McSweeney’s Quarterly. His illustrations have appeared in numerous publications including the cover of the New Yorker, The Walrus, and Canadian Notes & Queries. He is the subject of a recent documentary from the National Film Board of Canada, Seth’s Dominion. Seth lives in Guelph, Ontario, with his wife Tania and their two cats in an old house he has named “Inkwell’s End.”

    • Print run: 10,000 copies
    • Co-op available
    • Edelweiss digital review copies
    • National TV & radio campaign
    • National print media campaign
    • Online and social media campaign

    For more information contact
    [email protected]

    Praise for Seth's Christmas Ghost Stories

    “[This] series of Christmas ghost stories, miniature books chosen and illustrated by the cartoonist Seth … [offers] chills—and charm.”—John Williams, New York Times Book Review

    “I just bought my set of these and they … are … PERFECT. I hope they do these every year.”—Patton Oswalt

    “These are beautiful little books … [My family’s] been reading them at home, and we’ve actually put them away so we can re-read them on Christmas Eve.” —Matt Galloway, CBC’s Metro Morning

    “For Seth, this is really a labour of love.” —Peter Robb, Ottawa Citizen

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