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Book Title: Heathentown|
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The author of the book: Corinna Sara Bechko
Date of issue: January 28th 2009
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Heathentown is a short story that inspires the reader with unsettling and mysterious ideas and imagery, and then leaves her there in the horror of it long after the last page.
Sometimes when I've read a lot of the same author or seen a lot of the same illustrator within a short period, I tire of them, or worse. Looking closely can reveal unfortunate flaws. Not so with Corinna Bechko and Gabriel Hardman. Introduced to this team through Invisible Republic, I've since sought out their work together and separately, always to my great joy. This, their first work together, is by no means an exception.
Had I read this book before Bechko and Hardman's other work, I likely would not have enjoyed it quite as much as I did (4 stars instead of 5). It is admittedly not the best work either has done, especially since. However, even if I had come in cold, I would have appreciated the grit and passion and raw energy that often comes with first published projects. I wish it were longer. That it feels rushed is my only major criticism. But this is so often so with early work. These two have the luxury of letting a story breathe now with Invisible Republic. This is something more primal and fast, and needs to be, more like Hardman's more recent The Belfry.
The illustration in this book, black and white, is more controlled than anything else I've seen by Hardman. It is a dark and gritty horror book, which is reflected in the high contrast images. However, the book starts with a milder tone, reminding me more of a noir than horror, and the illustration in that first act sets up the book with the look of old newsprint. It's very appropriate and effective.
The story is good. It's pulpy and raw. As I mentioned, I wish it were longer. However, having read Bechko's short stories, I see this more as belonging to that form than to novel or novella. Though the book has a cinematic quality, the story reminds me more of an episode of the X-Files or The Twilight Zone than a full length film.
Everything I like best about this creative team can be found here in an earlier form. It's a pleasure to see and experience. Let it haunt your dreams like I'm sure it will mine.
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Read information about the authorCorinna Bechko has been writing comics since her horror graphic novel Heathentown was published by Image/Shadowline in 2009. Since then she worked for Marvel, DC, Boom!, Image, and Dark Horse, among others, on titles such as Planet of the Apes, Star Wars: Legacy, Savage Hulk, Aliens/Vampirella, Invisible Republic, and Green Lantern: Earth One. She was recently short-listed for the Aeon Award for her prose short Sooterkin. She is a zoologist by training.
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