Father Gaetano's Puppet Catechism: A Novella (Hardcover)
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From the creator of Hellboy, Father Gaetano's Puppet Catechism by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden is an illustrated novella that brings Twilight Zone originality to the written page In the aftermath of a critical World War II battle, Father Gaetano is assigned as the sole priest at the Church of San Domenico in the small, seaside Sicilian village of Tringale. The previous pastor has died and there is a shortage of clergy at the moment, so until another can be spared, the young priest must say all of the masses himself.
Mass is not Father Gaetano’s only responsibility, however. The war has created many orphans, and thus the San Domenico rectory has been converted into an orphanage which is also his domain. The children are a joy to him, but they have lost so much, and many have begun to question their faith and their God, and his attempts to teach them catechism are in vain . . . until he finds an old puppet theatre and an ornate box of puppets in the basement. Handcrafted by the building's former caretaker, now absent, the puppets seem the perfect tool to get the children to pay attention to their lessons. But after dark the puppets emerge from that ornate box, without their strings. While the children have been questioning their faith, the puppets believe Father Gaetano's Bible stories completely. But there is such a thing as too much faith. And the children's lives will never be the same again.
About the Author
Mike Mignola is best known as the award-winning creator/writer/artist of Hellboy. He was also a visual consultant to director Guillermo del Toro on both Hellboy and Hellboy II: The Golden Army films. He also coauthored (with Christopher Golden) two novels, Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire and Joe Golem and the Drowning City. Mignola lives in Southern California with his wife, daughter, and cat.
CHRISTOPHER GOLDEN is the New York Times bestselling, Bram Stoker Award-winning author of such novels as Of Saints and Shadows, The Myth Hunters, The Boys Are Back in Town, and Strangewood. He has also written books for teens and young adults, including the Body of Evidence series, Poison Ink, Soulless, and The Secret Journeys of Jack London, co-authored with Tim Lebbon. His current work-in-progress is a graphic novel trilogy collaboration with Charlaine Harris entitled Cemetery Girl. Golden frequently collaborates with other writers on books, comics, and scripts. He has co-written three illustrated novels with Mike Mignola, the first of which, Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire, was the launching pad for the Eisner Award-nominated comic book series, Baltimore. As an editor, he has worked on the short story anthologies The New Dead, The Monster's Corner, and 21st Century Dead, among others, and has also written and co- written comic books, video games, screenplays, and a network television pilot. Golden was born and raised in New England, where he still lives with his family. His original novels have been published in more than fourteen languages in countries around the world. Please visit him at www.christophergolden.com.
Praise for Joe Golem and the Drowning City:
"One of the most powerful 'neverwheres' of the modern fantastic imagination." —
The Wall Street Journal
“A story that grabs from the first page and doesn’t let go.”—Tad Williams
“A warm, wicked, frantic tale of noble monsters and monstrous men…dreadful and sublime.”—Cherie Priest
“Mignola’s affectionate, Kirby-esque portraits compliment Golden’s imaginative, YA-friendly prose.” —Kirkus
“Unique and inventive…. Recommended for fans of Hellboy, dystopian novels, and those who like a little horror with their action stories.” —Library Journal