1. It came out in the States.
2. Prof Matt and I spoke about it at Laydeez Do Comics London.
About point 1:
I’ve been very keen to see the American reviews of this story, and the first one came out a couple of days ago from Publishers Weekly (a featured review, no less).
The original article's here, but here’s what they said:
"At its heart a fairytale—innocence captured by evil—this graphic novel is both a lovely and an exceptionally disturbing story. The House for the Grossly Infirm has two brutal, cruel, and perverse pool-keepers, Brin and Bent, and one young and innocent visitor, Minno Marylebone, who surreptitiously swims in the pool each evening. Ranging far beyond 'Goldilocks and the Three Bears', this encounter is more dark and sinister than Grimm’s bloodiest of fairy stories. Brin and Bent are no brilliant Machiavellian villains, though; they take delight in torturing the residents of the House with mundane evil—excess chlorine in the pool that burns and sears. Thornton’s ominous and horrifying fable of human evil and obsession is told through her lyrical and spellbinding prose; the haunting text is accompanied by Hixon’s hallucinogenic collages of the macrocephalic, neotenous villains and victims in their hypnotically dreamlike surroundings. Reminiscent of the work of Dave McKean, Hixon’s artwork is unsettling and beautiful at the same time. A compelling gothic horror that elicits intense unease while it compels the reader to continue. Nominated for the Bram Stoker Award, this wrenching and cathartic tale spears directly into the heart with barbed hooks."
I have to say I’m pretty darned thrilled with that.
But does it answer my question?
What question, you ask?
The question: What difference does it make when you disclose the autobiographical origins behind a work of fiction?
That brings me to point 2, which I’ll come back to in my next post.
Now onto point 3, which is simply a moment of pleasure I wanted to share:
3. I was emailed a photo of the book in India! Thank you Jaideep! :)