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Fantagraphics, Jun 13, 2007 - Fiction - 80 pages
In the thick of a dense wood, a young man comes upon a decrepit houseand two teen-aged girls, who quickly decide to explore the abandonedhouse together. Simmons captures the aloof ennui and deep curiosity ofbeing a teenager - that is, until events force them to confront theirown mortality.

This adventurous, silent graphic novel demonstrates thesolid strength of this young cartoonist's storytelling ability. Whetherplunging into the watery depths of a sinkhole that has obviouslyswallowed part of a town or entering the uncertain hidden corridors ofthe house, every turn is captured with intensity by Simmons' scratchypen. Page composition and panel arrangements are masterfullycoordinated to reflect the characters' increasingly claustrophobicpanic as the story reaches its crescendo, and to cause a similar andpalpable reaction in the reader. House is Josh Simmons' first full-length graphic novel after years of honing his craft on the humorous, underground comic series Happy, and it is a visual and formal tour de force that proclaims Simmons a major cartooning talent of the new century.

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User Review  - librarybrandy - LibraryThing

An atmospheric and creepy wordless graphic novel. The wordlessness is, in this case, a strike against it; the small, scratchy drawings make it difficult to tell what's happening in many places. Is the ... Read full review

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User Review  - sorell - LibraryThing

In this wordless graphic novel, three friends decide to investigate an old abandoned mansion that has suffered great disrepair. Things quickly go from interesting, to creepy, to downright terrifying ... Read full review


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About the author (2007)

Josh Simmons currently lives in Los Angeles, CA, although he tends to move a lot.

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