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One Who Saw

A Ghost Story for Christmas

by (author) A.M. Burrage

illustrated by Seth

Publisher
Biblioasis
Initial publish date
Nov 2015
Category
General, Short Stories (single author)
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9781771960663
    Publish Date
    Nov 2015
    List Price
    $8.95

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Simon Crutchley, a sensitive writer, flees the clatter of London for the sleepy French city of Rouen. After settling in at l'Hôtel d'Avignon, he sits down to work in its courtyard garden, but finds himself inexplicably blocked. Later that night, while smoking at the window, Crutchley looks down into the same garden - only to spy a beautiful, solitary young woman weeping on a bench, face hidden from view. The next day, when making inquiries about her among the staff, he's met with gasps and signs of the cross. For his protection, an employee attempts to move him to a different room: a room without a view into the courtyard. But Crutchley, now compelled to see the woman's face, refuses. It's then that the employee divulges the ghastly origins of the weeping figure - and tells Crutchley an uncomfortable truth about himself: that he, Crutchley, is "one who sees." Originally published on Christmas in 1931, A.M. Burrage's "One Who Saw" is widely regarded as the author's masterpiece. Selected especially by Seth, this new, gorgeously illustrated edition introduces Burrage's unforgettable story to a new generation of readers.

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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.”

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