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The Corner Shop

A Ghost Story for Christmas

by (author) Cynthia Asquith

illustrated by Seth

Initial publish date
Oct 2022
Ghost, Occult & Supernatural, Holidays, Gothic
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    Oct 2022
    List Price

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

Peter Wood enters a charming antiques shop one stormy evening and purchases a jade frog from two young women. But when he returns a second time and is met with a strange old man and a far gloomier atmosphere, Peter discovers that his purchase was worth more than he paid.

About the authors

Lady Cynthia Asquith (1887-1960) was an English writer known for her ghost stories and diaries.

Cynthia Asquith's profile page

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.”

Seth's profile page

Editorial Reviews

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

“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

“The tension and dread creep through each story like an unseen monster, gaining in size and with each page and readying to pounce. Seth’s monochromatic and stark illustrations throughout add an extra dose of spooky to these stories of the supernatural.”
—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


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