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  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: FANTAGRAPHICS; 01 edition (1 July 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1560976462
  • ISBN-13: 978-1560976462
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,403,248 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Fans of campy horror movies should love this. Sala's parody is deliciously apt and doesn't need to rely on actual jokes or comedy to be howlingly funny."

[Peculia and the Groon Grove Vampires] reminds me of the some of the older Grimm s fairy tales where, say, children push witches into ovens and then go home to celebrate with their families. So, you know, maybe it is intended for youngish children, but cheerfully bloody-minded young children. And me, too, because I liked it a lot. "

About the Author

Richard Sala grew up in Chicago and now spends his time in Berkeley, CA. His graphic novels include Mad Night, Peculia, Peculia and the Groon Grove Vampires, Maniac Killer Strikes Again!, The Ghastly Ones, The Chuckling Whatsit, Cat Burglar Black, Delphine, and The Hidden.

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A new family moves into the old Groon Grove house and immediately begins inviting visitors over to stay the night. One of whom is Peculia, the carefree waif from Richard Sala's book Peculia, a collection of short stories featuring her. But why are the mirrors in the house covered? The girls are soon going to find out... but will Peculia escape?

The first lengthy adventure for Richard Sala's Peculia is an interesting take on the vampire story of olde. Familiar tropes emerge aligned with a more laconic flavour in line with Peculia's nature, but Sala does a good job ratcheting up the horror to a satisfying level, and overall the story is a success. Sala's artwork is as always a pleasure to see. One of his better comic books by far.
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HASH(0x99b3966c) out of 5 stars Vampires, gypsies & babysitters 29 Jun. 2006
By Tom Knapp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Don't get too attached to Noelle, Honor and Wren. They are young, cute, affable babysitters. Unfortunately, they have entered Peculia's world, and Peculia's world is one of semi-comic horror.

As the title of this book suggests, there are vampires afoot. Tired, perhaps, of seeking their prey in the wild or in alleys on the seamy side of town, industrious vamp Nicola takes the novel approach of hiring babysitters -- four of them, to be exact -- when she and her family feel peckish. But when only three members of the local babysitters' club show up for duty, they quickly draft the services of Peculia, who just happens to be passing by en route to buy cereal. George, a young boy with a big crush on Noelle, comes along for what promises to be a quiet evening.

Only it's not. Besides Nicola, who chooses one babysitter for herself, there are three more bloodsuckers in the house: Frekerika, a young, sharp-featured girl; Agenetta, a gargoyle-faced baby; and Grandmama, an ancient, billowing crone. And, while the sitters all seem conscientious enough about their jobs, that may not be enough to save them from thirsty fangs. But Peculia is a bit cleverer than the rest, and besides, George is still on the loose. And George might just have met an important, if unkempt, friend in a camp of Germanic gypsies on the outskirts of town earlier that day.

"Peculia & the Groon Grove Vampires" is a sexy black-and-white graphic novel in which the humor is subtle, and the violence is real but not grotesque. The monsters look like monsters, while the babysitters look like the sort of appealing young girls who never fare well in teen slasher movies. Peculia herself is quick and resourceful.

By Tom Knapp, Rambles.NET editor
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Lurchi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I like. Good work, good illustrations, funny story. Gonna buy more Sala books.
Richard Sala did a very creative art work.
HASH(0x99f29180) out of 5 stars Mirror, mirror on the wall... 25 Mar. 2011
By Sam Quixote - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A new family moves into the old Groon Grove house and immediately begins inviting visitors over to stay the night. One of whom is Peculia, the carefree waif from Richard Sala's book Peculia, a collection of short stories featuring her. But why are the mirrors in the house covered? The girls are soon going to find out... but will Peculia escape?

The first lengthy adventure for Richard Sala's Peculia is an interesting take on the vampire story of olde. Familiar tropes emerge aligned with a more laconic flavour in line with Peculia's nature, but Sala does a good job ratcheting up the horror to a satisfying level, and overall the story is a success. Sala's artwork is as always a pleasure to see. One of his better comic books by far.
0 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99eb49b4) out of 5 stars great prices and great product 26 Jun. 2009
By Glenda - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
i was very pealsed with the quality of the product as well as the great low prices offered for the product.
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