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Big Baby by Charles Burns

By Charles Burns

From the author of the 2005 hit picture novel Black gap comes this new softcover variation of his different masterpiece of contemporary horror. substantial child is a very impressionable younger boy named Tony Delmonte, who lives in a probably standard American suburb until eventually he sneaks out of his room one evening and turns into entangled in a terrible plot regarding summer time camp murders and yard burials. Burns' scientific precision as an artist provides a sinister relax to his droll humorousness, and his affection for 20th-century pulp fiction permeates all through, making a significant narrative that completely captures the unease and worry of adolescence.

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I’ll be there in ten,’’ I said and clicked off. Dutch came over to me and wrapped me in his arms for a quick snuggle. ‘‘I need to get back to work too,’’ he said as he kissed the top of my head. ‘‘Thanks for your help, sweethot,’’ he added in his best Humphrey Bogart voice. I squeezed him and let go. ‘‘You can pay me back by taking me shoe shopping this weekend,’’ I said. ’’ I laughed. ‘‘Where do you think I shop for shoes? ’’ ‘‘I like flip-flops,’’ he said as he hung an arm over my shoulder and walked me to the door.

It appeared nothing was broken, but I knew a few places were definitely bruised. I opened the door to a welcome sight. Dave, my hippie-looking handyman and business partner, stood on the front porch, wearing a big, fat smile that faded the instant he took notice of me. ‘‘Your lip is bleeding,’’ he said and pushed the door open. ’’ ‘‘Dutch’s stupid cat is trying to kill me,’’ I said, motioning him into the kitchen. ’’ ‘‘Well, you should watch where you’re going,’’ Dave said simply. ‘‘It wouldn’t matter,’’ I groused as I got a baggie and some ice from the freezer.

In my mind I saw a long pipe and some water running through it. The pipe let out into a large pool of water, and at the bottom of the pool were thousands of poker chips. I watched as the water trickled into the pool, and then my attention moved to a plug at the deep end. A hand appeared in my vision. It was a man’s hand, beefy and hairy-knuckled, and my eye traveled to its pinkie ring, which seemed to catch the light as it glimmered. The hand was tossing poker chips into the water and as the poker chips sank to the bottom of the pool, the hand then reached down and pulled at the plug.

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