Poison Flowers and Pandemonium (Hardcover)

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Just a couple of months before his tragic passing in March 2020, cartooning master of the macabre Richard Sala completed his final book — or, actually, his final four books. Poison Flowers and Pandemonium collects all four of these original graphic novellas in one beautiful hardcover worthy of Sala’s legacy.

First up in Poison Flowers is “House of the Blue Dwarf,” a 125-page thriller featuring master criminal the Bloody Cardinal, who leaves a wake of mayhem and madness everywhere he goes. “Monsters Illustrated” is a fun, 64-page monster movie riff that showcases Sala’s visual imagination. A young woman in a dusty bookstore reads a strange bestiary — the “book within a book” showcases a series of Sala’s gorgeous watercolor and ink drawings. But when she gets to the end, she finds the bookseller drives a hard bargain. “Cave Girls Of The Lost World” is a campy, 60-page romp about a team of young women whose plane crashes in a land forgotten by time and rife with dinosaurs, carnivorous plants, and apemen — but these intelligent, brave, and resourceful women are ready to rumble! Rounding out the book is “The Amazing Adventures of Fantomina Fantomella,” a 45-page graphic novella of violence and non-stop action. Priest and his mob thought Fantomina was dead. So how is it that she's come back with a vengeance? Poison Flowers & Pandemonium is a perfect showcase of Sala's gorgeous watercolor artwork and his love of B-movie horror, silent film-era archetypes, and femmes fatale.

About the Author

Richard Sala (1954–2020) grew up in Chicago. He had an MFA from Mills College, collaborated with Lemony Snicket, and illustrated a Jack Kerouac script. He spent his time in Berkeley, CA.

Praise For…

Garishly clad villains, B-movie monsters, and femme fatales abound in this genuinely fun, energetic collection, a lasting testament to Sala’s distinct talent.
— Library Journal

Brilliantly atmospheric art, full of shadows and spikes.
— Booklist

A fitting capstone to the prolific, idiosyncratic artist’s career. Readers won’t want to miss this last visit to Sala’s peculiar world.
— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Richard Sala was wonderfully unique. It was all there in everything he did, his love of old monster movies, the pulps, mystery and horror in general — the good stuff and the terrible — wore it all like a badge of honor and did wonderful things with it. I miss him.
— Mike Mignola
Product Details
ISBN: 9781683962748
ISBN-10: 1683962745
Publisher: Fantagraphics
Publication Date: May 4th, 2021
Pages: 308
Language: English