Tuesday, January 31, 2006

A strange and unsettling graphic novel

about being a teenager and stigma/outcast things and the nightmares of sexual transformation, Black Hole by Charles Burns. Very good, very creepy (I was reminded of the frightening transformation scenes in Alasdair Gray's Lanark).

(Thanks to Kevin for the recommendation.)


  1. And it's very "literary" also, isn't it? There are several sub-texts to this that Burns deliberately leaves implicit and that cause the book to then read on several levels through out. It's a credit to how good Burns is that his fantastic artwork is used to same effect....when a lesser artist, or writer, may have just left it all at the level of horror story. This was very, very impressive.