The Dead and the Countess: A Ghost Story for Christmas

Category: Book
By (author): Atherton, Gertrude
Illustrated By: Seth,
Series: Seth's Christmas Ghost Stories
Subject:  FICTION / Ghost
  FICTION / Gothic
  FICTION / Holidays
  FICTION / Occult & Supernatural
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Biblioasis
Published: October 2022
Format: Book-paperback
Size: 6.00in x 4.00in
Our Price:
$ 9.50
In stock

Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

World-renowned cartoonist Seth returns with three new ghost stories for 2022.

The dead sleep peacefully-until a railway is built near their cemetery. While the old priest works to keep them at rest, the count's dying wife begs to be buried near the railway. But when her last wish is granted, the priest finds that the sound of the train leaves the countess far from at peace.

Review Quote*

Praise for Christmas Ghost Stories

"[This] series of Christmas ghost stories, miniature books chosen and illustrated by the cartoonist Seth … [offers] chills-and charm."
-John Williams, New York Times Book Review

"I just bought my set of these and they … are … PERFECT. I hope they do these every year."
-Patton Oswalt

"Seth's design and illustrations are alone worth the price of admission, capturing and interpreting the mood of each story."
-Book Beat

"As good as the story selection is, the design of each book is the star … In [Seth's] work I see the brilliant use of shadow a la' Mike Mignola, combined with the dark whimsey of Tim Burton ... Highly recommended for the horror lovers looking for something special in this post-Halloween season."
-Cemetery Dance

"The tension and dread creep through each story like an unseen monster, gaining in size and with each page and readying to pounce. Seth's monochromatic and stark illustrations throughout add an extra dose of spooky to these stories of the supernatural."
-Lindsey Childs, Prairie Fire

"Seth's books-petite and illustrated with gorgeous minimalist designs-feel somehow like a more mature version of my childhood traditions. In reality, Seth's Christmas Ghost Stories are a tradition everyone, young and old, can make a part of their holidays. With these beautifully illustrated books, it seems in this case one really can judge a book by its cover."
-The Charlatan

Biographical Note

Gertrude Atherton (1857-1948) was an American novelist and short story writer.

Seth is the cartoonist behind the comic-book series Palookaville, which started in the stone age as a pamphlet and is now a semi-annual hardcover. His comics have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Best American Comics, and McSweeney's Quarterly. His illustrations have appeared in numerous publications including the cover of the New Yorker, The Walrus, and Canadian Notes & Queries. He is the subject of a recent documentary from the National Film Board of Canada, Seth's Dominion. Seth lives in Guelph, Ontario, with his wife Tania and their two cats in an old house he has named "Inkwell's End."