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Hypnotic Tales

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  15 Ratings  ·  2 Reviews
Hardcover, 80 pages
Published by Kitchen Sink Press
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Orrin Grey
May 08, 2009 Orrin Grey rated it it was ok
Shelves: comics
Richard Sala was recently recommended by The Groovy Age of Horror, so I added some of his books to my "to-read" list. This was the first one to show up from the library.

I'm not a big fan of the art style in Hypnotic Tales and, probably in no small part thanks to that, the book as a whole kind of turned me off. However, I was sufficiently intrigued by the subject matter and the constant references to silent and poverty row pictures that I'm still interested in giving some of his other stuff a try
Jan 11, 2008 Megan rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Stevo
These dreamlike mystery shorts are fun and bizarre. Sala's slightly creepy and wrinkly style of ink drawing meshes perfectly with his strange sort of meta-mystery, almost existentialist little tales. All of Richard Sala's comics remind me of Paul Auster's NY Trilogy, and especially the first book of the trilogy, City of Glass. They play with and poke fun at common mystery and detective story tropes. Sala has more of a horror element as well, though, and certainly more whimsy. Fans of Edward Gore ...more
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Richard Sala grew up with a fascination for musty old museums, dusty old libraries, cluttered antique shops, narrow alleyways, hidden truths, double meanings, sinister secrets and spooky old houses. He has written and drawn a number of unusual graphic novels which often combine elements of classic mystery and horror stories and which have been known to cause readers to emit chuckles as well as gas ...more
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