“In a land far away, there were two kingdoms: the Outside, where twisted beasts roamed that could curse with a touch, and the Inside, where humans lived in safety and peace. The girl and the beast should never have met, but when they do, a quiet fairytale begins. This is a story of two people–one human, one inhuman–who linger in the hazy twilight that separates night from day.”
-Synopsis from Goodreads
If you are looking for a spooky graphic novel, look no further than The Girl from the Other Side: Siuil, A Run by Nagabe.
I picked this up at the library for someone and then decided to read it for myself. The story is laid out pretty simply: Shiva, a young girl, lives in the woods with an Outsider who is not human but looks humanish – except for the wolf head and horns.
If he touches her, she will also become an Outsider and turn into a beast. Yet he is her caretaker of sorts and watches after her on the premise that her aunt will be home soon to get her. Spoiler: he knows that her aunt is never coming home but he just doesn’t have the heart to tell her yet.
Soldiers from inside the city are actively hunting Outsiders, hoping to destroy them all so that they can protect the people inside the city walls. After spotting Shiva alone in the woods, they think she is a beast disguising herself as a little girl and they vow to kill her on sight the next time they see her.
The artwork in this story was mesmerizing, and it succeeded at giving me the creeps. The words eerie and haunting came to mind while reading. Clearly this is a perfect autumn read if you are looking to get a jump start on spooky Halloween-themed reads. I know that it definitely put me in the mood!
I personally don’t plan to read subsequent volumes in this series – it was just too creepy. But as far as expanding my graphic novel palette, I have to say I enjoyed reading something different from what I usually read.