by Hannah Berry
Illustrated by Hannah Berry
All people could do was speculate on the fate of those who vanished - strangers; seemingly random, unconnected: all plucked from their lives and never seen again.
The notes found left behind, apparently describing some slender reason for their removal, were all that linked them.
They were all delivered by one man. Rodney Moon had admitted seeing those who had been disappeared and to passing the notes, but denied any involvement beyond that.
Who wrote the letters, then? Moon shrugged during the trial: 'It has no name,' he said. 'It's a bogeyman. A monster.'He was not mourned when the vengeful bereft finally found him. Some years later, four strangers; seemingly random, unconnected, all take the last train home.
But something each of them has forgotten - or is trying to forget - is catching up with them; with a terrible, inexorable purpose.
The devil is in the detail, as they say.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 104 pages
- Publisher: Random House Children's Publishers UK
- Publication Date: 01/06/2012
- Category: Comics and Graphic Novels
- ISBN: 9780224089081
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Showing 1 - 4 of 4 reviews.
Review by clfisha
A superb, creepy, unsettling and mysterious tale.Four strangers find themselves on a train, in the dark, their carriage isolated, their phones dead. Moon is found not guilty for mass murder, he says an unknown agency, a monster gave him those harsh, judgemental notes they found amongst the missing peoples possessions. The bereaved families however disagree, they want revenge. Interweaving story, the tale slowly and creepily unfolds. Not that it gives you many answers, oh no, and that's part of the appeal and the reason for its horror. It is a story to read twice (because you will miss things) and one that will hauntingly bubble up as you go about your daily business; Why? How? & who? The art of course is beautifully drawn and laid out, gloomy colours bleed into the edge of the panels darkness. Oddly the visual medium suits quiet horror, you would have thought it needed a monstrous reveal or the grotesque spectacle of gore, but no technique is used quietly and vividly works. My only criticism is that there needs to be more differentiation between some of the characters, a couple of times I had to flick back to see who was who. Also the lack of answers will annoy some and I suspect un-satisfy others, finding its touch to be too ephemeral.Highly recommended lovers of ghost stories, horror and superb intelligent comics. Although Lovers of [Britten & Brulightly] will find this much darker, without the lightening of humour.
Review by psutto
Very GoodCreepy comicBerry crafts a deep psychological horror using atmospheric dark art. Moon is nicknamed “The Postman” for delivering notes to the victims of a mass murderer. and although he is suspected he is acquitted. He says a monster, the Bogeyman, gave him those notes. Four strangers find themselves on a train that has stopped in an area of no phone coverage, in the utter dark of night. The story then advances in two ways, present and past as Berry treats us to a stealthily increasing sense of wrongness.Overall – Creepily atmospheric
Review by AHS-Wolfy
Certainly darker than the creator's previous work, this disturbing and atmospheric tale is about as creepy as it gets. Interweaving the plight of a handful of people stranded on a train which seems to have come to a complete stop in the middle of nowhere with that of the disappearance of a man accused but acquitted of mass murder. While the passengers try to find out what’s going on the reader is treated to flashbacks of their past which may shed light on their current plight.The artwork is deliberately muted in colour and tone and you will need to pay attention to see what’s going on, not that everything becomes clear at the end mind you. The flashbacks are differentiated with the here and now by use of alternate borders, flashbacks are in white while black is used for the other. This works well though you are often staring at panels to try and see something that may or may not be there. As has been pointed out you may need to read this more than once to gain a better understanding of events but it is worth it.
Review by wyvernfriend
Not for me, the story of a bunch of people on a train but some of them appear to be doing revenge for a missing people mystery.All very surreal and not to my taste.