Re/Read: Ghosts and Ruins by Ben Catmull

Re/Read: Ghosts and Ruins by Ben Catmull


Re/Read is an occasional column by Fantagraphics Bookstore curator Larry Reid examining backlist books you may have missed or are worth another read. As Halloween approaches, we’ll look at Ben Catmull’s haunting classic, Ghosts and Ruins.

In Ghosts and Ruins, Catmull fashions fascinating tales of ominous architecture in the tradition of Grimm’s Fairy Tales. His exquisite renderings are accompanied by clever captions chronicling the sinister spirits that occupy these structures. Stories like “The Sculptor,” “Labyrinth of Junk,” and “The Order of the Shadowy Finger,” playfully illuminate the apparitions and occult phenomenon in his enchanting illustrations, providing a perfect gift for this spooky season.

As the Sunday Sale selection at Fantagraphics Bookstore & Gallery, Ghosts and Ruins will be offered at 20% off on October 28. The bookstore is located at 1201 S Vale Street in the heart of Seattle’s historically haunted Georgetown industrial arts corridor. Open daily, 11:30 to 8:00 PM, Sundays until 5:00 PM. Phone 206-557-4910.