Salem Brownstone

Salem Brownstone

A graphic novel by John Harris Dunning and Nikhil Singh

Salem Brownstone is satisfied with his life as the owner of a laudromat, yet he yearns for something else. Then he learns of his estranged father’s death, and the inheritance left to him: an old house and everything inside. There, Salem meets Cassandra, a haunted contortionist who leads him into the disturbing world his father left behind.

While the story is paced in leaps rather than steps, which had me at times wondering if I’d skipped some pages or missed something, the story is interesting and enjoyable. But overall, I was taken in more by the artwork. It’s black and white with sharply drawn lines and dense textures, and each frame offers much to see and ozes another layer of creepiness.

If you like your tales and pictures dark, here you go. Find Salem Brownstone lurking among the graphic novels in David J’s. It’s patiently waiting for you.