The Spectral Engine
by Ray Fawkes
To catch a glimpse of the Spectral Engine is to face death itself. In Ray Fawkes's stunning and boldly conceived new graphic novel, the Spectral Engine is also the supernatural device that ties together wide-ranging true stories -- set across the country and throughout time -- of discovery and loss, migration and dislocation, ambition and the casualties of history -- as told by the train's own ghostly passengers.
Decades after the Empress of Ireland, a luxury passenger steamboat, disappears into the dark waters of the St. Lawrence River along with 1,012 souls, the wreck of the ship continues to claim victims. A young escaped slave attempts to make the treacherous journey across the Detroit River to freedom via the Underground Railroad. A ghostly white horse is a heartbreaking reminder of a bloody conflict between two First Nations tribes. The triumphant completion of the Canadian Pacific Railway brings only tragedy to a Chinese railway worker. And in a poignant story of urban isolation and the desire for human connection, a young woman discovers that loneliness transcends death. By turns chilling and moving, this breathtaking book is a powerful reminder of the deeply human yearning to be remembered.
- McClelland & Stewart, October 2013
McClelland & Stewart
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