The Dreadful Fate of Jonathan York
Juvenile graphic novel
"Beware those of the spotless yard
who never dare venture
Beyond the dyed grass and trimmed hedges
to the Lost Side of Suburbia,
where tree roots dance the twist
and lichen glimmers and brooks burble bad poetry."
Poor Mr. Jonathan York! He's a mild mannered general store
clerk who was "splendidly behaved" during his childhood and
"pleasantly well-mannered" as a college student. One day he decides
to take a short cut through a swamp. As darkness falls he finds
himself in a domain that is truly the stuff nightmares are made of.
Will he be able to escape with his life and return to his
Kory Merritt's The Dreadful Fate of Jonathan York is a shade
long for telling around a campfire. I'd say it's perfect for reading
by lantern or flashlight at camp or a similar boonies vacation spot.
The blend of neatly crafted narrative and off the wall illustration is
truly spine tingling but fanciful enough to not hit nightmare territory.
On a personal note, maybe this was not the book to read while waiting
for the call to pick up Joey from the vet's. He's been there four
hours. The last time I left him there for a significant amount of
time I found out he was desperately sick and they didn't know if even
an operation would save his life. Ring, phone, ring! Please!
A great big shout out goes put to clever weavers of scary stories.
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