The “Fatale” graphic novel series: Lovecraftian themes, noir, and the femme fatale

On Sunday’s show I briefly mentioned Fatale, a graphic novel horror series by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips. If you haven’t read this series, you should definitely pick it up. I’ve read many Lovecraftian graphic novels and comics, and Fatale is one of my top two favorites (the other being The Doom That Came to Gotham).

Fatale is the story of Josephine, a seemingly immortal woman who was born in the early 20th century and who has survived to the present day without aging. She is pursued by a cult that worships Lovecraftian gods. I don’t want to give away any more than that, but I will say that while Lovecraftian themes are present in issues 1 through 10, it gets even better in issue 11.

Issue 11 is a prequel (though I recommend reading them in order) and it’s titled The Case of Alfred Ravenscroft. Ravenscroft is a writer living in Texas in 1936 and his horror stories have been published in Ghastly Tales magazine (sound familiar?). One night Josephine reads one of his stories, and it describes her nightmares. She travels to Texas to ask Ravenscroft where he got the idea for that particular tale.

I’ll leave it at that, except to say that if you enjoy horror, Lovecraftian themes, and noir, you’ll love this series.

You can save some money if you purchase the collected editions instead of the individual issues. Here are the links:

FATALE: Death Chases Me, collects issues 1-5

FATALE: The Devil’s Business, collects issues 6-10

FATALE: West of Hell, collects issues 11-14

FATALE: Pray For Rain, collects issues 15-19

FATALE: Curse the Demon, collects issues 20-24

One response to “The “Fatale” graphic novel series: Lovecraftian themes, noir, and the femme fatale

  1. Thanks, this looks like a good read. There was also a Ravenscroft who was a very real writer. He wrote christian “non-fiction” about the occult and demons and demon possession, saying it’s all completely real, and presenting himself as an authority on it. He might be still alive, I don’t know. A friend of mine read those books, I read a few chapters and he was just too much of a nutbag for me….even though I read horror fiction 🙂

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