Seven Stories Press

Works of Radical Imagination

The Graphic Canon of Crime & Mystery, Vol. 2

by Russ Kick

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Here are Teddy Goldenberg's dense, murky treatment of Dashiell Hammett's "The Road Home," often considered the first hardboiled detective story ever published. Shawn Cheng renders the first serial-killer story, the so-called fairy tale "Bluebeard" by Charles Perrault. Landis Blair reimagines The Trial as a choose-your-own-adventure story that you cannot win, and Ted Rall retells an O. Henry story about a petty criminal who just can't get arrested. Plus 28 other contributors using a wide range of illustrative styles.

As with previous volumes in the Graphic Canon series, the illustrations run the full gamut of media and techniques, and artistic interpretations range from verbatim literalism to metaphorical extensions to surrealism and abstraction. The common theme, tracing the origins and standout texts of the morbid and mysterious, unites these multifarious partners in crime.

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“Easily the most ambitious and successfully realized literary project in recent memory.”

“A treasure trove for literary comics fans.”

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Founder of the website The Memory Hole, which archived sensitive and difficult to find official documents, RUSS KICK has devoted much of his life to digging up what others hope to keep buried. His bestselling anthologies, including You Are Being Lied To and Everything You Know Is Wrong, have sold over half a million copies. The New York Times has dubbed Kick "an information archaeologist," Details magazine described Kick as “a Renaissance man,” and Utne Reader named him one of its “50 Visionaries Who Are Changing Your World.” Russ Kick lives and works in Nashville, Tennessee, and Tucson, Arizona.

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