Billed as a graphic novel, this is more accurately a book that straddles the line between comic book and illustrated short story. The result is, nonetheless, a wonderfully immersive tale, told with David Almond’s trademark melancholy grit and wit. Narrator Davie does not believe his friend Joe Quinn’s claims of poltergeist activity at home — broken windows, smashed crockery, random objects flying through the air. Even when he visits the house in the company of Father Kelly, a priest grappling with his faith, Davie sees nothing to confirm or deny the existence of the supernatural; only evidence of suppressed rage and disappointment.

This is artist Dave McKean’s fourth collaboration with Almond, and his extraordinary, unique, digitally manipulated collages bring out the weirdness and darkness of the narrative. Joe Quinn’s Poltergeist is less about ghostly presences and more about the phantoms of guilt, remorse and sorrow we all carry around inside us.

Joe Quinn’s Poltergeist, by David Almond, Walker Books, RRP£10.99, 80 pages

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