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Biblioasis Fall 2022

The Dead and the Countess
A Ghost Story for Christmas
By (author): Gertrude Atherton Illustrated by: Seth
Gertrude Atherton ,

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Paperback , Trade


General Trade
Nov 01, 2022
$9.50 CAD


6in x 4 x 0.2 in | 60 gr


B&W illustrations

World-renowned cartoonist Seth returns with three new ghost stories for 2022.

The dead sleep peacefully—until a railway is built near their cemetery. While the old priest works to keep them at rest, the count’s dying wife begs to be buried near the railway. But when her last wish is granted, the priest finds that the sound of the train leaves the countess far from at peace.

Key selling points

  • Attractively designed and illustrated by well-known cartoonist Seth, whose graphic novel Clyde Fans was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize
  • Small trim size and inexpensive price are perfect for display
  • Seth-designed loader available for point-of-purchase placement
  • Strong annual response from media looking for "feel good" holiday news stories from multiple angles, including: 1) reviving old traditions, 2) novel and appealingly counter-intuitive take on Christmas as a spooky time of year, 3) Seth's recognition and reputation for great interviews 4) inclusion in holiday shopping gift guides
  • Potential marketing to specialty shops, incl. comic book stores, Christmas gift stores
  • Collectible series: striking design and classic stories generate repeat buyers year after year

Gertrude Atherton (1857-1948) was an American novelist and short story writer.

Seth is the cartoonist behind the comic-book series Palookaville, which started in the stone age as a pamphlet and is now a semi-annual hardcover. His comics have appeared in the New York Times Magazine, Best American Comics, and McSweeney’s Quarterly. His illustrations have appeared in numerous publications including the cover of the New Yorker, The Walrus, and Canadian Notes & Queries. He is the subject of a recent documentary from the National Film Board of Canada, Seth’s Dominion. Seth lives in Guelph, Ontario, with his wife Tania and their two cats in an old house he has named “Inkwell’s End.”


  • Print run: 10,000 copies
  • Co-op available
  • Edelweiss digital review copies
  • National TV & radio campaign
  • National print media campaign
  • Online and social media campaign and giveaways

Praise for Christmas Ghost Stories

“[This] series of Christmas ghost stories, miniature books chosen and illustrated by the cartoonist Seth … [offers] chills—and charm.”
—John Williams, New York Times Book Review

"Internationally celebrated Guelph cartoonist Seth dug deep into his archive of ghost stories to resurrect a Victorian tradition of reading one on Christmas Eve."
—Deb Dundas, Toronto Star

“I just bought my set of these and they … are … PERFECT. I hope they do these every year.”
—Patton Oswalt

“Seth’s design and illustrations are alone worth the price of admission, capturing and interpreting the mood of each story.”
—Book Beat

"As good as the story selection is, the design of each book is the star … In [Seth’s] work I see the brilliant use of shadow a la’ Mike Mignola, combined with the dark whimsey of Tim Burton ... Highly recommended for the horror lovers looking for something special in this post-Halloween season."
—Cemetery Dance

“A nice, creepy reprieve from all the holly and jolly of the holidays. Seth’s black and white illustrations provide a delicious sense for foreboding and unease to these tales of the dearly departed.”
—Lindsey Childs, Prairie Fire

“Seth’s books—petite and illustrated with gorgeous minimalist designs—feel somehow like a more mature version of my childhood traditions. In reality, Seth’s Christmas Ghost Stories are a tradition everyone, young and old, can make a part of their holidays. With these beautifully illustrated books, it seems in this case one really can judge a book by its cover.”
—The Charlatan

"[Seth's] illustrations are bold yet simple, and the use of shadows brings a lifelike quality to the playful cartoon style. Seth visually guides readers through each scene and adds thrill to every tale...This book collection kept me up at night with its chilling tales and gave me a chance to reflect on what tradition means during the holiday season."
—Justin Ball, The Charlatan

"Really beautiful art, and great stories."
—So Many Damn Books

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