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Review – Casefile:Arkham ‘Her Blood Runs Cold’, a graphic novel by Josh Finney and Patrick McEvoy

We have a treat this week with graphic novel ‘Her Blood Runs Cold’, book two in the Casefile:Arkham series from Zero One Publishing. 

In case you’re wondering why I’m starting with book two, the novels are designed as stand alone stories so I’ve picked the latest for you. The books revolve around the adventures of private eye Hank Flynn, a man ‘fated to peel away the thin veil of reality and confront H.P. Lovecraft’s most enduring horrors (whether he likes it, or not).’ 

A noir-meets-Lovecraft concoction, the book looks great with strong visuals and, you’ll be happy to know, it doesn’t take long for the weird to creep in. To get the most from this novel you need to be a solid fan of at least one of those genres but for those of you who are, it’s nicely done. The plot is lifted by occasional winks to the audience which I found refreshing. There’s a lot going on in this book, but it’s been handled in such a way that it never gets too caught up in any particular thread and it comes to a satisfying conclusion. 

The artwork blends the two genres successfully and the plot uses Lovecraftian cosmicism to develop the back stories of traditional noir characters. No mean feat – and I can say that with authority given I have enough of a job on keeping one lot of monsters in line (children and animals are nothing on those….).

To investigate further, you can get this edition on Amazon Kindle now or pre order the paperback on the publisher’s website.

I’m interviewing Josh and Patrick soon so watch out for that coming up !

Karen is a full time artist living in Whitby (perfect location for a horror fan). Her own monsters have taken over to the point where they actually have their own closet space and so she takes refuge in books and films, some of which she’d like to share with you.

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