Gothic Weirdness Made Gorgeous

Hopeless, Maine: Personal Demons by Tom and Nimue Brown

First Look:

Beautifully creepy.  I love this cover art so much: it gives me the shivers, but in a really good way.

Jacket Copy:

Trapped on an island off the coast of Maine, the people of Hopeless find life a little darker and more dangerous with every day that passes. The number of orphans rises continually, but who can say what happens to their parents? Plenty of the bodies are never found. This is not the stuff of happy, careless childhoods, it is instead fertile ground for personal demons. In Hopeless, the demons are not always abstract concepts. Some of them have very real teeth, and very real horns. The island has been isolated for a very long time. Partly because of being small and forgotten, partly because the rocks and currents do not encourage visitors, Hopeless is surrounded by fog and overrun with nightmarish creatures, from small things with tentacles to demons and vampires. It’s a peculiar place. Here, almost anything can happen, from the weird and unsettling to the darkly funny. With a cast of freaks, nutters and the odd power crazed psychopath, life in Hopeless is seldom dull. Hopeless is also about who you choose to be. The tale is a protest against apathy, and against the small evils that everyone takes for granted. The worst monsters frequently aren’t the ones with the obvious teeth – who are merely dangerous by nature – but the apparently ordinary people who choose to do hideous things.

Sequel?

Yes, and since the first two volumes’ worth are on the author’s website (Hopeless, Maine), you basically have no reason not to read them!  I understand from the last post on the website that more is definitely planned!

Worth Reading?

Is it ever!  I already exclaimed over the cover, and the inside is just as good, with that same mixture of sweet and creepy and weird.

Notable Things:

Beautiful Art! Much of the book is monochrome, or nearly so, but different chapters are sometimes different colors.  It’s all done so beautifully; I can’t recommend it enough.

Creepiness!  Hopeless, Maine is truly creepy, even though it’s (so far) appropriate for older children/younger teens.

Elaboration:

I really don’t know what else to say that I haven’t already.  The story is mysterious and dark, the art is gorgeous.  Being a graphic novel, it won’t take you long to read.  Go to the website and read it!  Then I hope some of you buy the digital version/pre-order the paper version/otherwise support the Browns, ’cause they’re obviously awesome!

Disclosure:

I received a free digital ARC from the publishers through Netgalley/on the website.

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