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Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire

Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire by Neil Gaiman

Lovely title. Couldn't remember it fully when asking a bookstore clerk. He observed that it's impossible to remember and impossible to forget. . . .

Lousy marketing description. It's not a send-up of Gothic literature. It's a send-up of Litachur Snobs.

In the short story (which I've read before) and the graphic novel (which I've got now), a young man aspires to be not only a writer, but a writer of slices of life that reflect the human condition. Only, he lives in a Gothic world, where Castle of Otranto is a classic of realism. They clash to humorous effect, until a crucial question lets him resolve his dilemma.
Tags: fiction reviews: fantasy (other), fiction reviews: humor
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