The Cartoonist by Sean CostelloThe Cartoonist by Sean Costello

The Cartoonist

bySean Costello

Paperback | February 15, 2003

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Imagine this: You and two of your best friends have just been accepted into medical school, a coveted payoff for years of hard work and self sacrifice. So you go on a road trip together, have a few drinks, a final fling before the long academic haul ahead. Young and bright, you feel the future surge beneath you like a sleek stallion, under your full control.

But a series of small lapses ends in tragedy and suddenly you're confronted with a terrible decision: Do you take responsibility for what you've done and risk losing everything? Or flee into the night unseen, with only God and conscience as your jury?

Sixteen years ago Scott Bowman faced this very decision…

Now a successful psychiatrist with a loving family, Scott endures a judgment more terrible than any god or man could conceive. An ancient derelict appears in his practice, an apparently senile old man with a remarkable artistic talent. Otherwise disconnected from the world around him, this strange little man quickly demonstrates an ability to foretell events through his drawings.

But before long Scott has to wonder: Is this eldritch prophet predicting events? Or shaping them?

Sean Costello is a practicing physician who lives and works in Sudbury, Ontario, his home since 1981. He is the author of Eden's Eyes, Captain Quad, Finder's Keepers and Sandman.
Title:The CartoonistFormat:PaperbackDimensions:204 pages, 8.8 × 5.5 × 0.56 inPublished:February 15, 2003Publisher:Red Tower PublicationsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0973146923

ISBN - 13:9780973146929

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Scott turned his attention back to the road in time to see a kitten dart onto the blacktop from the tall grass bordering the roadway. Tail straight up, eyes flicking back an eerie red reflex in the glare of the headlights, its tawny body froze in the middle of the lane and waited for the killing impact. In a dangerous over reaction Scott veered hard right, plowing the offside wheels into the loose dirt of the shoulder, missing the terror stricken animal by yards. The dirt caught and held, tugging at the car like a giant hand. The child’s head appeared first, popping out through the curtain of grass like the head of the world’s tiniest vaudeville performer. Her body followed, and then she was standing there, not a dozen feet away, rigid with fear as the kitten had been only a heartbeat before. She wore a frilly white dress and polished white shoes and she couldn’t have been much older than ten. Her hair was like spun silver, riffling prettily in the breeze. Her eyes, round and terrified, locked on Scott’s in an unwavering death grip that burned with the same red fire as the kitten’s eyes had when it froze in the middle of the road. Pale in the glare of the headlights, she seemed somehow transparent, spectral, unreal. But the sound she made when the Volkswagen scooped her up, a sound like hailstones pelting tin, was more than real. It was mortal. The Beetle’s low chrome bumper took her just above the knees, folding her onto the sloping hood like a well-hit bowling pin. Her head struck the hood with a metallic thunk and then she was rolling upward, slender legs pitched to the right, white arms pinwheeling in small, futile circles. Now her face was in front of Scott’s, bare inches away, glazed eyes still fixed on his even though she was almost certainly already dead. Then her face struck the windshield with a sharp, wet splintering sound and glass was rocketing inward, glittering shards that stung like angry hornets. There followed an instant when it seemed she would hang there forever, lifeless eyes peering in at him accusingly. Then she was gone, over the side and down into the pale, receding night…

Editorial Reviews

"A fast-moving read that mounts in tension while mixing horror and psychological anguish . . . The Cartoonist will not disappoint."- Rave Reviews"Sean Costello's The Cartoonist is a wonderful blend of horror, psychology, and the power of suggestion that leaves you guessing right up to the very end!" --The New Jersey Grapevine "Without a doubt, this is one of the creepiest books I've read in a really long time. People looking for gory descriptions won't really find them here, but psychological terror abounds. Move over Koontz and King, Costello's The Cartoonist will give you a run for your money."-J. Alan Hartman EBook reviews.