Black Hole by Charles Burns

Black Hole

Charles Burns

Suburban Seattle in the seventies and a sexually transmitted bug is infecting teenagers. This is a graphic novel but it's no comic. It's teen fiction at its most extreme, where all your anxieties and confusion become literal. Horrifically disturbing yet strangely beautiful.


Extract to follow. Seeking publisher permission.

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