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 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 , 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 RememberedThe Spectral Engine

Ray Fawkes is the critically acclaimed author of the comics and graphic novels Underwinter, Intersect, One Soul, The People Inside, The Spectral Engine, Possessions, and Junction True, as well as Batman Eternal, Constantine, Justice League Dark, and Gotham by Midnight DC , Wolverines Marvel , Black Hammer 45 Dark Horse , Jackpot AfterShock andHe is an Eisner, Harvey, and Shuster award nominee and a YALSA award winner.Ray has been making comics for over 20 years, starting with and continuing the tradition of DIY fiction as well as working for many major comics publishers in the U.S and Canada.

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  • Hardcover
  • 176 pages
  • The Spectral Engine
  • Ray Fawkes
  • English
  • 06 March 2017
  • 0771030932

10 thoughts on “The Spectral Engine

  1. says:

    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. says:

    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.

  3. says:

    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.

  4. says:

    Ghost stories have long captivated people from all walks of life they pique our interest in the unsolved mystery of what happens to us after death, and give us an unsettling but fascinating glimpse into a chilling, unexplored world This graphic novel full of ghost stories, using a mysterious train as its framing device, does an excellent job of giving us a foreboding look at a wide variety of these stories the tales of how these unfortunate souls met their final fate, and how some aspect Ghost stories have long captivated people from all walks of life they pique our interest in the unsolved mystery of what happens to us after death, and give us an unsettling but fascinating glimpse into a chilling, unexplored world This graphic novel full of ghost stories, using a mysterious train as its framing device, does an excellent job of giving us a foreboding look at a wide variety of these stories the tales of how these unfortunate souls met their final fate, and how some aspect of them remained behind to haunt the living These stories, set across Canada over the span of centuries, introduce us to a variety of unsettled souls and the unfinished business they left behind The passengers of the fated Empress of Ireland who met their doom on the St Lawrence River, a ship of privateers killed in a fiery explosion during the War of 1812, a First Peoples woman who died in the saddle and whose specter continues to ride her ghostly white horse to this day, a headless Chinese immigrant who haunts the rail line he worked on, a woman in red who leaped in front of a train but left an impression of her soul behind, a nun who drowned trying to stop a murder, an escaped slave boy who continues to haunt the house he died in All these souls andboard the Spectral Engine upon their demise, and the racing, ever changing train links these stories together, providing a final resting place of sorts for these troubled souls, even as it never rests itself.The artwork of this graphic novel is stark black and white, spattered with ink splotches in places to indicate blood or shadows or other stylistic effects It s not very pretty to look at, and the lack of any shading beyond stark white and pure black can make it difficult to make out exactly what s going on in places But it fits the stories of this book, spooky and often macabre accounts of how individuals met untimely ends and left their specters behind to trouble the living It s reminiscent of the art in the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books, so if you enjoyed those books you ll probably enjoy this one.The stories themselves are fairly short but most of the time they don t need to be terribly long, and are just long enough to tell the story at hand without becoming gratuitous with the gory details These stories are haunting and eerie, all linked by the mysterious train even if only superficially And all share a common theme beyond taking place in Canada and while I won t spoil that theme here, I ll say that for being a collection of ghost stories, this graphic novel ends on a surprisingly uplifting and even heartwarming note, something uncommon in fiction of this sort but not jarringly out of place either.Bonus the hardcover version of this graphic novel boasts glow in the dark artwork Perfect for reading with a flashlight under the coversIf you enjoy ghost stories and or the Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark series, you ll enjoy The Spectral Engine It s a fascinating collection of historically based hauntings, just frightening enough to give a good chill to the reader

  5. says:

    When I read regular books, usually my minds eye is bursting with colorful, 3D, detailed mental movies, but my mind s ear is near silent by comparison, unless I m actively focusing and putting effort into it With comic books, whatever bit of my brain it is that creates mental movies for me apparently is freed enough to do a bit of sound instead This particular graphic novel,than any other book I have ever read, is practically audible I don t know why Something about the art maybe, and When I read regular books, usually my minds eye is bursting with colorful, 3D, detailed mental movies, but my mind s ear is near silent by comparison, unless I m actively focusing and putting effort into it With comic books, whatever bit of my brain it is that creates mental movies for me apparently is freed enough to do a bit of sound instead This particular graphic novel,than any other book I have ever read, is practically audible I don t know why Something about the art maybe, and the way it is often so rough and vague and kinetic, in just the right way to make the reader fill in the blanks Something about the writing or the rhythm of the stories All of the above I don t know But in any case, thank you so much to Ray Fawkes for giving me a book I can hear in the same way I can see other stories Just for that, this graphic novel was a unique and fantastic experience.As if that weren t enough, the stories captivated me I ve never been really into ghost stories, but I get it now And the frame story was brilliant, as well The ending is perfect.The writing, the art, and the stories all work together seamlessly.Also, the book has a glow in the dark cover, which is really cool and suits it very well

  6. says:

    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 andfleshed out, especially if it means we getof that art.

  7. says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here I loved it The style of writing is gorgeous and flowed together beautifully The illustration just brought this masterpiece together On top of this it s all Canadian and you recognize the majority of the places they mention

  8. says:

    I love the untold histories and I love ghost stories

  9. says:

    The forgotten ghosts that move among us are alive

  10. says:

    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 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 is happening in every scenario On the plus side, it has introduced me to moments in Canadian history that I will be and have already followed up on, like the tragic sinking of the RMS Empress of Ireland in the St Lawrence.Enjoyed the read, but wish the art was a littlecontained and the stories were longer

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