The Spectral Engine

The Spectral Engine FEATURES A GLOW IN THE DARK COVER To glimpse the Spectral Engine is to face the moment of your own death In Ray Fawkes s stunning and brilliantly conceived new graphic novel the Spectral Engine is th

  • Title: The Spectral Engine
  • Author: Ray Fawkes
  • ISBN: 9780771030932
  • Page: 419
  • Format: Hardcover
  • FEATURES A GLOW IN THE DARK COVER To glimpse the Spectral Engine is to face the moment of your own death In Ray Fawkes s stunning and brilliantly conceived new graphic novel, the Spectral Engine is the unearthly entity that brings together thirteen historically documented ghost stories from across the country and throughout the centuries to tell a timeless narrativeFEATURES A GLOW IN THE DARK COVER To glimpse the Spectral Engine is to face the moment of your own death In Ray Fawkes s stunning and brilliantly conceived new graphic novel, the Spectral Engine is the unearthly entity that brings together thirteen historically documented ghost stories from across the country and throughout the centuries to tell a timeless narrative of life, death, and redemption A ghostly white horse is a heartbreaking reminder of the clash between two warring First Nations tribes Decades after the luxury ocean liner Empress of Ireland vanishes into the St Lawrence River along with 1,012 souls, its wreckage continues to claim lives A hunter s encounter with the Wendigo of the North leaves him with a terrible hunger A young escaped slave attempts to make the treacherous journey to freedom via the Underground Railroad The triumphant completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway brings only tragedy to a Chinese railway worker And in a poignant story of urban isolation, a young woman discovers that loneliness transcends death By turns chilling and moving, this breathtaking book is a powerful reminder of the deeply human desire to be remembered.

    One thought on “The Spectral Engine”

    1. A cool concept: 12 ghost stories spread across Canada's history and geography are linked by a mysterious train. The stories are haunting but the art, murky and frenetic, unconventional layouts, distracts and makes it hard to follow the sequence of events in each story.

    2. This was different. Though the writing seemed strong at first, it grew tiresome to me for some reason, The art too was original, but not completely satisfying.

    3. Got this one out of the library. Nicely designed, beautifully illustrated collection of Canadian ghost stories, one that highlights just how often ghost stories reflect who gets killed without a voice or justice. If anything the stories could have stood being a little longer and more fleshed out, especially if it means we get more of that art.

    4. I think it is very cool to have a an anthology horror book based on Canadian history. few things that bring this down:1) Stories are way too short. some are short but sweet. others are short but. well short. 2) The art is at once beautiful and confusing. I love the art style and aspire to it myself from time to time. it's like a messier version of the art from A Monster Calls. It evokes the speed of the train itself, but sometimes is too chaotic to understand which character is talking or what i [...]

    5. Creepy, creepy stories. Also they were all Canadian which made them even better. The art was good too and I liked the train binding them all together. It fits well with the idea of our history as the railroad joined the country all together.

    6. A ghostly journey, west to east, on a spectral engine across the landscapes, cities, history and people of Canada, telling a series of gruesome ghost stories as we go, this is a fantastic piece of art. The stories are fascinating and contain all the sadness and longing of the best ghost stories, while at the same time evoking elements of a colonial, wilderness history and filling a giant land with stories and memories - we get the growth of cities, pirates and lost ships, breaking ice and railro [...]

    7. A masterfully created graphic novel that uses the image of a ghostly train that ferries the deceased to unite thirteen ghost tales from Canada's past. The stories are just tragic enough and the art is jaw droppingly beautiful, Fawkes takes full advantage of a black and white palette and uses positive and negative space to create a natural path for the eye to follow. If nothing else, this book is worth it just for the art.

    8. The art is fantastic. Beautiful, raw, black and white sketchy feel which lends itself to the themes of spirits, ghosts, and tragedy. The glow in the dark cover is a nice extra effect. The story concepts is interesting, and the narrative is in a lucid-dream pace, which also suits it. The drawback is the writing itself. A little too disjointed, taking away from sinking into the book.

    9. I really enjoyed this graphic novel. It's a collection of ghost stories from across Canada. The artwork and storytelling are both equally great. Highly recommended.

    10. An interesting premise of a ghost story, but I would have enjoyed greater ghost-character development and, perhaps, interaction.

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