Graphic Novel Review: The Crossroads at Midnight
I hope you’ve all been doing well.
I’ve been so busy with grad school. I spent most of the weekend studying and rarely left the house, but it was actually kind of nice for a change.
Anywho, one thing I managed to do outside of coursework this weekend was read another graphic novel.
This time I read The Crossroads at Midnight by Abby Howard.
This graphic novel has been on my radar since it was published. I forgot about it for a while, but then I checked my library’s availability the other day and they had it, so you know I had to try it out. I mean, just look at that spooky cover!
So, did I like it? Keep on scrolling to find out!
A masterful collection of tales from the faded border between our day-to-day world and the horrifying unknown on the other side of midnight.
An old woman living alone on the edge of a bog gets an unexpected — and unsettling — visitor, throwing her quiet life into a long-buried mystery. An isolated backwoods family stumbles into good fortune for a time with a monstrous discovery in the lake behind their house, but that time is running short. And a misfit little girl, struggling to make friends, meets an understanding soul one day at the beach: but why will he only play with her alone at night? All these lonely souls — and more — have reached out into the darkness, not knowing what they might find.
Around the dark edges of reality lurk unknown beings with unknowable intentions — ordinary objects can become cursed possessions, entities who seem like friends can become monstrous, and those who seem monstrous can become the truest companions. In this collection of evocative, unnerving slice-of-life horror, five stories explore what happens when one is desperate enough to seek solace in the unnatural, and what might be waiting for us at the Crossroads at Midnight.
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This is my first time reading a graphic novel by this author, and I had a great time!
This graphic novel has five stories (note: all are in black and white). Each one was on a varying level of horror and had a different theme, but they were all so enjoyable! I will say that I was hoping for a bit more intense horror, but this was still very entertaining overall. Some stories were tragic, others more menacing, but reading this put the author on my watch list and I’m looking forward to trying out more of her works. I also really enjoyed the artwork. It felt new and fresh to me.
Definitely worth a read!
Below are brief summaries of the stories. I hope they inspire you to check this out!
The Girl in The Fields– A young girl estranged from her parents makes a strange new friend on the other side of her fence out in the country. When she crosses the fence in desperation, she discovers just how strange this friend really is.
Mattress, Used– A student finds an old mattress on the side of the road and takes it home, getting much more than she bargained for.
The Boy From the Sea– A strange young boy appears to a little girl on the beach on her vacation with family, entrancing her with promises of magic.
Our Lake Monster– A family makes an important decision on the monster they’ve been hiding out in the lake behind their house with unforeseen consequences.
Kindred Spirits– A woman living on the edge of a bog discovers bizarre visitors on her property at night, visitors that seem to want something from her.
That’s A Wrap!
Well that’s it for this graphic novel review. I hope you enjoyed it!
Have you read this graphic novel? Are there other similar novels you’ve read that you simply have to gush about? Feel free to leave a comment. I’d love to start a conversation!
Have a great day!