Short Fiction Round-Up #3

These are neat illustrated stories/comics that I’ve been reading lately and wanted to share in case others might be interested. They’re all currently available online for free reading.

The Call of Cthulhu Cover by DrFaustus AU   “The Call of Cthulhu” by Dr. FautusAU –  An absolutely brilliant and occasionally hilarious version of H. P. Lovecraft’s “The Call of Cthulhu” written in the style of Dr. Seuss. In many ways this is exactly what it looks like, but the illustrations and the rhyming are so awesome that this project just has to be viewed to be fully appreciated. The original version of the project is worth checking out as well. (Found via Lovecraft eZine)

“Outfoxed” by Dylan Meconis – A fox makes a series of wishes that not only fail to win the affections of a young laundress but don’t improve him either. The illustrations are shades of black and red on a cream-colored background, and I love that the story is like a very unhappy ballad. I can definitely see why this was nominated for a 2012 Eisner Award (Best Digital Comic).

“Sarah and the Seed” by Ryan Andrews – When Sarah gives birth to a seed, her husband worries. As the seasons pass and the seed becomes a tree and Sarah sings to its fruit, he frets more and more. This was a really lovely and vaguely haunting with an ending that was just as much a relief to me as it was the narrator. “Sarah and the Seed” has also been nominated for a 2012 Eisner Award (Best Digital Comic).

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About April

I'm a librarian, reader, and writer whose main goal in life is to be able to swim in books the way Scrooge McDuck swims in money. Although my reading choices will always be wildly eclectic and I never plan on leaving any genre unexplored, my favorite reads tend to be Fantasy, Young Adult, Science Fiction, Gay Romance, or Historical Fiction. You can e-mail me at inspector[dot]librarian[at]gmail[dot]com.
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