A dark and frightening fully painted novella, MR. PUNCH tells the tale of a
young boy's loss of innocence results from a horrific confrontation with his
past. Spending a summer at his grandfather's seaside arcade, a troubled
adolescent harmlessly becomes involved with a mysterious Punch and Judy Man and
a mermaid-portraying woman. But when the violent puppet show triggers buried
memories of the boy's family, the lives of all become feverishly intertwined.
With disturbing mysteries and half-truths uncontrollably unraveling, the young
boy is forced to deal with his family's dark secrets of violence, betrayal, and
guilt. Written by New York Times best-selling novelist Neil Gaiman, with
otherwordly illustrations by artist Dave McKean, this new paperback edition of
MR. PUNCH includes bonus material.
Neil Gaiman is the New York Times best-selling author of the Newbery Medal-winning The Graveyard Book and Coraline, the basis for the hit movie. His other books include Anansi Boys, Neverwhere, American Gods and Stardust (winner of the American Library Association's Alex Award as one of 2000's top novels for young adults) and the short story collections M Is for Magic and Smoke and Mirrors. He is also the author of The Wolves in the Walls and The Day I Traded My Dad for Two Goldfish, both written for children, as well as the creator of the most critically acclaimed comic series of all-time, The Sandman. Among his many awards are the Eisner, the Hugo, the Nebula, the World Fantasy and the Bram Stoker. Originally from England, he now lives in the United States.