Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Illustrated Victorian ghost stories by Seth

Peter Robb in The Ottawa Citizen.

The Canadian graphic artist Seth (aka Gregory Gallant), has teamed up with the very hot Windsor, ON-based publisher Biblioasis, to produce a series of illustrated Victorian ghost stories, many of which have not been seen since the late 19th and early 20th century.

For Seth, this is really a labour of love.

“Biblioasis sent me an email awhile ago and asked me if I would be interested in illustrating some books of classic ghost stories for Christmas and my first thought was, ‘Did I talk to him about this in the past?’ because I didn’t remember it. But it’s something that is a big interest of mine and it seemed too out-of-the-blue for it to be an accident.”

In the end it was just a coincidence and not something from the “other world.” But for Seth it was an idea he could not refuse.

“The classic Victorian ghost story is one of my favourite things but I almost never talk about it. It falls into the category of guilty pleasure.”


The first two books are out in time for Christmas. They are The Signalman by Charles Dickens, a fairly well-known classic story first published at Christmas in 1866. It’s about a ghost that appears to a railway signalman before tragic accidents.

The other is One Who Saw by A.M. Burrage, originally published at Christmas 1931. One Who Saw tells of a writer enchanted by the spectre of a weeping woman and the bad things that befall him. Two more titles will be coming soon.

The full article here.

The Signalman
Charles Dickens
Illustration by Seth
Paperback: 64 pages
ISBN-10: 1771960647
ISBN-13: 978-1771960649

One Who Saw
A.M. Burrage
Illustration by Seth
Paperback: 58 pages
ISBN-10: 1771960663
ISBN-13: 978-1771960663

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