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It was the morning of Paisley Curtin's sixteenth birthday when she realized her town was doomed. Just one week before, a traveling carnival had rolled into the quiet hillside community of Obidiah's Glenn and right away things began to get weird. The carnival itself was strange enough, with its seedy sideshows and sinister exhibitions, its Room of False Mirrors, its dangeroIt was the morning of Paisley Curtin's sixteenth birthday when she realized her town was doomed. Just one week before, a traveling carnival had rolled into the quiet hillside community of Obidiah's Glenn and right away things began to get weird. The carnival itself was strange enough, with its seedy sideshows and sinister exhibitions, its Room of False Mirrors, its dangerous Gallows Hand game and the monstrous caged creature called the Tom-Geek.Then parents in the town began to get sick, followed by the teachers, doctors and the sheriff's department. The children of Obidiah's Glenn become suddenly wild, roaming about at night with crazed looks in their eyes. Paisley realizes she had to do something to stop what she saw happening--but there wasn't anyone left in town who seemed to be able to help. So she sends a letter to someone she hoped might listen, someone who would know what to do--a friend of her late sister's from college, a self-styled "girl detective" with a questionable reputation named Judy Drood.Her only hope is that Judy will arrive in time to save her town--and to prevent her from ending up as yet another exhibit in the dark carnival's Hall of Embalmed Abominations!The Grave Robber's Daughter is another fast-paced, delirious ride from the author of the critically acclaimed The Chuckling Whatsit ("A masterpiece!" --Rue Morgue Magazine) and marks the return of Judy Drood, Girl Detective, last seen thwarting the murderous plans of a group of demented college professors in Sala's 2005 epic mystery-thriller Mad Night. The Grave Robber's Daughter is filled with Sala's unique blend of horror and whimsy that will please his many fans and new readers alike....

Title : The Grave Robber's Daughter
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ISBN : 9781560977735
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Number of Pages : 80 Pages
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The Grave Robber's Daughter Reviews

  • Sam Quixote
    2018-11-02 20:29

    Judy Drood's car breaks down in the middle of nowhere forcing her to walk to the nearest town. When she gets there she finds it deserted and in the midst of the town is a carnival. She finds some strange looking teens loitering there along with a group of nasty looking clowns. But where is everyone? Why aren't the phones working? And how is the grave robber's daughter tied into this? Judy Drood investigates... It's an interesting story that Richard Sala has created here that smacks somewhat of horror b-movies and old Scooby-Doo cartoons. The story rolls along nicely and is well illustrated by Sala who has a distinct style that makes his art look deceptively easy to emulate. I liked the character of Judy Drood who kicks ass and gets out of sticky situations almost as easily as she gets into them. It's like a Twilight Zone episode with a 21st century heroine with gothic overtones making this a pretty decent original indie comic book. The book was good fun to read but didn't contain enough depth to make me think this is Sala's best work. It was however good enough to make me want to seek out his other books so it's definitely got plenty going for it. And those clowns are damn scary.

  • Trey Causey
    2018-10-24 22:39

    A little bit horror, a little bit black comedy. No-nonsense gal sleuth Judy Drood's car breakdown near the town of Obadiah Glen. The town is deserted except for a group of ne'er-do-well teens, a little girl--and an abandoned carnival full of sinister clowns. Drood will face sideshow mutants and magic potions before she solves the weird mystery.

  • Leew49
    2018-10-30 23:26

    When Judy Drood's car breaks down not far from the town of Obidiah's Glen, much more ensues than the girl detective's characteristic foul language. The town appears to be deserted: no people, no cars, no working telephones. But nearby is a bleak, rundown old carnival inhabited only by huge, menacing clowns and a handful of uncommunicative teenagers (Hmmmm... is that one cliche or two?) And at the far edge of Obidiah's Glen is a little girl who lives alone and hides for her very life.The fearless and tenacious Judy solves the mystery and puts things more or less to right but not before experiencing a chamber of horrors, slimy monsters, reanimated corpses, a menacing teen who looks like a young Jack Nicholson and a healthy shot of coulrophobia. Richard Sala's continuing parody of the Nancy Drew stories continues on its not so merry way. This episode begins with Judy needing to get away; it could follow either her short origin story or the events of MAD NIGHT. Dressed almost exactly like Bonita Granville in the Nancy Drew movie series, Judy is far more outspoken, foulmouthed and violent. In the comic book tradition of Will Eisner's Spirit and Bob Kane's Batman, Judy never ever loses a fair fight. She can only be taken down by a cowardly blow from behind, and not for long even then. Like Sala's other recurring heroine Peculia, she has a propensity to stumble onto dangerous situations and dark, intricate plots, but she is more aggressive and confident in her determination to get to the bottom of any mystery.Sala's storytelling and noirish artwork do a great deal to establish a dark and threatening mood. His protagonist is likable despite her violent temper and unladylike language. As usual the violence is a bit over the top, and though THE GRAVEROBBER'S DAUGHTER is technically a comic book, it is not meant for younger readers.

  • Hollowspine
    2018-11-02 00:50

    Judy Drood, young sleuth, finds her way into a ghost town after car troubles leave her swearing on the side of the road.The swearing was awesome, I really enjoyed how Sala starts the story out with our heroine not so delicately cursing the world. It let's readers know that Drood is no Nancy Drew, appearances aside. The mystery begins when, in search of a gas station or working telephone, Drood finds the town, creepily named Obidiah's Glen, uninhabited except for rude teens hanging out in the town's carnival (again creepy).One of my favorite moments in the comic is when, after swearing doggedly at any and all misfortunes, whether it's a broken phone or being startled by a clown, Drood remarks, "Holy Moley," as she witnesses the tentacled death of one teen-aged goon. I also loved, throughout the comic, how Drood solves her problems with two fists and a concealed knife. She doesn't back down and has very little (or no) sentimentality. When she realizes that the kid she was guarding was kidnapped she doesn't say, "Oh noes, poor little Nellie!" Nope, she's just ticked that they got away right under her nose, and she's determined to make them pay.Both the style and the characters depicted give the book a nostalgic feel, which makes the dialog used throughout the story very funny (for lack of better term). It all seems to fit together though, making a highly engaging and empowering story. I loved how Drood, literally, pulled no punches. There were no sissy slaps from this "chick," and she didn't need any help from the Hardy Boys either. I'll not be visiting Obidiah's Glen in the near future, to be sure. But, I would love to see more adventures with Judy Drood.

  • Artur Coelho
    2018-10-19 00:24

    É impossível ler este livro sem pensar nas míriades de filmes de terror de série B com que se consomem momentos de tédio. O livro desenrola-se com a precisão de um destes filmes. Num ermo avaria-se o carro de rapariga com algo de pouco inocente no passado. Esta vê-se obrigada a procurar ajuda na localidade mais próxima, terra misteriosa e abandonada. Depara-se com uma ameaça aterradora num circo das proximidades, porque, enfim, palhaços assassinos ficam sempre bem nestas coisas. Consegue fugir e encontra outra misteriosa habitante, também com os seus segredos, que a ajuda. Investiga e depara-se com conspirações mortíferas e negras invocações dos poderes do oculto. Contra todas as expectativas, sobrevive e foge, regressando ao mundo normal. Soa familiar, não soa? Mas é neste reviver nostálgico destas histórias que está o encanto do trabalho de Richard Sala. Lê-lo evoca fragmentos de memórias cinematográficas, que preenchem os espaços deixados em vazio pela simplicidade deliberada das suas ilustrações.

  • Harris
    2018-11-12 21:30

    [3.5]Creepy, weird, and whimsical, The Grave Robber’s Daughter is fun, frothy macabre mystery-horror comedy perfect to read as Halloween approaches. A fairly straightforward spooky plot involving gothic tropes such as grave robbing, mysteriously empty towns, creepy old carnivals, and the occult, it is not the deepest work but it uses its material well and Richard Sala’s art has a great style.I had not read the previous appearance of the amusingly foul mouthed “girl detective” Judy Drood but it quickly became apparent that she took no guff from anything, not even undead clowns, and it was hilarious how she kicked and clubbed her way out of the horrifying situation she found herself in without batting an eye. By the way, this might not be the best thing to read late at night for anyone who finds clowns more than a little creepy as it will certainly not help this!

  • Paul Eckert
    2018-11-05 19:36

    This is the first book by Richard Sala that I have read, and I was thoroughly impressed. At first, the plot seems like nothing new - girl's car breaks down right next to a creepy, seemingly empty town. However, then you learn the town is popluated solely by clowns and teenagers. Sala avoids cliche and surprises with a multitude of twists to the classic formula.The drawings are in black and white and have an unrefined look, which is a plus for this type of story and adds to the terror. The clowns are scary as hell and make my coulrophobia kick into overdrive. The heroine of the story is lots of fun because she is not the typical whiny, scared-of-everything girl that horror stories produce in legion. Instead she is fearless and willing punch a freaky, man-eating clown in the face.For such a short story, Sala infuses a lot of heart and thought.

  • Geoff Sebesta
    2018-11-09 19:25

    A minor work that I read in the car, it took about thirty minutes. Great fun.Judy Drood is just a BAMF. You don't expect a character like that to be so nimble with an ice pick, but it's great. It actually makes it a lot of fun. This comic describes a situation that should be hellish, but watching Judy clean house makes it pure entertainment. Good will triumph, because it is tough and strong and mean and hot. Evil will perish, because Judy has a knife.There's no morality here, no particular lesson. It's pure candy.

  • Paul
    2018-11-05 21:39

    In terms of story, I felt this was one of Sala's more cohesive efforts. And downright creepy. I was a bit bothered by his incessant dropping of "fuck," into speech, not because such language offends my so-very-dainty ears, but because after a bit they seemed a contrivance to assure this book a place well away from the "juvenile" shelves. Art-wise, perhaps a step down from what Sala can do when he's hitting on all cylinders, but the flow of the story corrects that during actual reading.

  • Orrin Grey
    2018-10-18 20:41

    I found the aesthetic of this book much more appealing than the last book I read by Richard Sala. It still wasn't quite my cup of tea, but I'm still intrigued and I'm still going to keep trying.If nothing else, I love a lot of the silent film imagery that he uses, and some of the uses of the black-and-white format are great.

  • Andy
    2018-11-04 19:25

    Richard Sala's done better, but this is still entertaining stuff. A girl is stranded at an abandoned amusement park populated by insane clowns, sleazy White Trash teenagers and a Jack Nicholson look-alike. Sala's artwork never disappoints but there's a bad 80's teen slasher movie vibe about the story that makes it a little rank. I still recommend it anyway.

  • Christian McKay
    2018-10-30 20:36

    Good art. Bumbling, confused story that couldn't even pass for a first draft. What is happening? Why? Why is 1/3rd of the book the not-so-villainy villain explaining what's happening in the town even though it makes absolutely no sense? What . . . just . . . ugh. The more I type, the more I want to give this a 1, so I'll stop.

  • Laura
    2018-10-24 23:53

    If Edward Gorey wrote gothic mysteries starring a foul-mouthed anti-Nancy Drew and laced with gratuitous violence, you’d have Richard Sala. This title features a town overtaken by zombie clowns. That’s right: not just zombies, not just clowns- this is a two-fer. As if clowns weren’t creepy enough.

  • Andrew
    2018-11-01 22:27

    I'm not sure why I picked this up. The other Sala book I read, Mad Night, wasn't anything special, but I liked the title of this so I gave it a spin. I enjoyed this more, probably because of the "dark carnival" aspect of it.

  • Jen
    2018-11-01 23:40

    I don't mind a good f-bomb every now and then, but this graphic, which could have been a delightfully horrific tale, was ruined by the word on nearly every page. I get that the author probably wants to be separated into the "adult" versus "teen" category, but it was a bit too much for me.

  • Sraedi
    2018-11-07 01:35

    Hilarious!! I am very surprised to have found this at the public library, hah! Steve, don't read it. ; P

  • Earline
    2018-10-30 23:34

    I love Sala's art and the fact that I opened the book to a giant panel that just said "FUCK!"evil possessed clowns, people with attitude, poison.. who could ask for more?

  • John
    2018-11-06 22:31

    Can't sleep, clowns will eat me.

  • Don
    2018-10-26 23:38

    I picked this up from the library on a whim and I'm glad I did. Yeah, it wasn't "War and Peace," and the heroine says "Fuck" a lot, but it was a fun little zombie clown adventure.

  • Kathy
    2018-11-17 00:36

    It's all about the ending!

  • Ahmad Al-mutawa
    2018-11-09 20:51

    رواية قصيرة مصورة، أو مرسومة.أحداثها مليئة بالغموض والإثارة وستجعلك تقرأها خلال أقل من نصف ساعة.

  • Nomad nimrod
    2018-10-24 19:48

    Heroine is awesome.

  • Lacy
    2018-10-28 21:33

    Perfect for fans of horror comics. Judy is pretty kick ass, so also good for fans of Lady Killer.

  • Craig
    2018-10-31 00:36

    Creepy as hell. I love Judy Drood, so this one is a must-have.

  • Sharon
    2018-11-17 23:40

    Totally trippy fun. Blunt, simple illustrations and an entertainingly foul-mouthed heroine make this super-short graphic novel fly. An atmospheric snack for a late October night.