Review! Dark Tales Graphic Novels illustrated by Dave Shephard

Dark Tales Graphic Novels: The Call of Cthulhu

Written by H.P. Lovecraft, adapted and illustrated by Dave Shephard

128 pages – ages 9+

Published by Canterbury Classics on April 3, 2018

Synopsis from Publisher- ” In this Dark Tale, dead Cthulhu waits dreaming…

H. P. Lovecraft’s story of supernatural monsters deep in the Pacific, told in graphic novel format, will keep you on the edge of your seat. More than 100 pages of illustrated horror and adventure await! Henry Wilcox can’t ignore his dreams of an enormous green monster calling to him from an underwater alien city. He seeks the help of Professor Angell, who dies suddenly, leaving a box of research on the subject for his nephew, Francis. Francis seeks answers about his uncle’s death, and in the process uncovers evidence of a cult waiting for the Great Old Ones to return. “

What I Thought- I thought that this was a great graphic novel, with vivid illustrations that encapsulate the feeling of the book. I will admit that this was my first time being introduced to H.P. Lovecraft, and I did enjoy it, and I look forward to trying “The Call of Cthulhu” in prose as well. Shephard said that he took some liberties with the classic story, adding and ignoring some details to create a more cohesive visual experience. The story is non-conventional and I think that Shephard made good decisions for his adaptation. I think that this graphic novel is a great first step for older kids into classic literature, and a great read for established fans of Lovecraft and other classical authors.

Dark Tales Graphic Novels: The Hound of the Baskervilles

Written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, adapted and illustrated by Dave Shephard

128 pages – ages 9+

Published by Canterbury Classics on March 6, 2018

Synopsis from the Publisher- “Eliminate the impossible, and whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.

This classic “whodunit” story with the famous Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson is now told in graphic novel format. More than 100 pages of illustrated action and adventure! Sir Charles Baskerville, master of the Baskerville estate, is found dead at the gates with a look of horror on his face. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are called in to investigate the possibility of foul play. After several false leads, they solve the mystery and reveal the truth. “

What I Thought- Truth be told, I am a hardcore Sherlock Holmes fan and have been so for many years. Shephard blows this adaptation out of the water, capturing the essence of this classic story perfectly. Shephard’s bold-lined, fully-colored, and dark-toned illustrations worked well with the simple story-telling style of Doyle, accenting the thrill of the mystery perfectly. This adaptation closely follows the original, keeping up with the nostalgia of the Holmes saga. I wholeheartedly recommend this book to any in search of a good mystery or a warm welcome back to an old favorite in a new format!

I give both of these books five out of five bookworms! 



Categories: Age 9+

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4 replies

  1. Both of these look cool. I’m especially interested in The Call Of Cthulhu (I read a ton of Lovecraft when I was your age). Hope you’re having a happy December.

  2. Excellent reviews! I’m not a graphic novel fan, but for those who are The Call of Cthulhu sounds like a great read.

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