Title: Lip Hook
Author(s): David Hine, Mark Stafford (artist)
No. of pages: 166
Genre: Graphic Novel, Horror
Publication date: November 27th 2018
Date read: January 3rd 2019
Somewhere in the British Isles, at the end of a neglected road, there is a village called Lip Hook. For its inhabitants, the village is more than the end of the road—it’s the end of the world. Beyond it, there is nothing but mist-shrouded marshland. Few travellers take the road to Lip Hook, but one foggy night, a car speeds perilously toward the village. The driver is a dangerously beautiful woman, the passenger a man with a gunshot wound and a suitcase containing a treasure he has risked his life for. Cash-strapped but in need of a place to hide, the two fugitives seek shelter at the Hanged Man Inn, where the woman persuades the innkeeper to accept payment in kind. As days pass and the woman extends her services to more of Lip Hook’s men, among them the village priest, a false faith grips the community—and reason, logic, and humanity begin to disappear.
I loved this graphic novel: the story was creepy and the art was weirdly beautiful! Right from the start, both the illustrations and the story itself had me hooked. As the reader, you know absolutely nothing. Not who the people in the car are and what they’ve done, nor what’s “wrong” with the town called Lip Hook, nor exactly what will happen in the rest of the story. You hope to get all the answers to the questions you have – some you will get, and some will remain unanswered. That’s also mainly what I loved about it: quite a big part of the story will forever remain a mystery to its reader. If you’re looking for a graphic novel to read in 2019 and love horror, this is the book for you!
* I received this book in the book box from Abominable Book Club! I bought it myself and it’s really worth the money and the wait (if you live outside the UK)! *