A traveling salesman finds himself facing a supernatural penalty for a bargain he struck in a story set in 1955 New Orleans. The graphic novel “The Bargain,” written by Edmond’s Kara Barrett, has been released digitally on the Comixology platform.
“‘The Bargain’ is a supernatural, noir adventure story set in 1950s Louisiana,” Barrett said in an email interview. “It’s about a man named Jackson Connolly who has sold his soul and is trying desperately to win it back. It’s moody tale filled with hellhounds, hoodoo and ghosts.”
Barrett raised funds to complete the graphic novel through Kickstarter. J.C. Grande illustrated the book, and Kirsten Thompson helped edit the script. In addition to writing, Barrett did most of the production, lettering and editing for the final book.
Barrett said supernatural tales have enduring appeal.
“I think a big part of the appeal comes from the idea of escaping the mundane world of our everyday lives, which is basically why stories of any nature exist,” she said. “Maybe it’s because supernatural stories allow us to believe in the possibility that there is more to this world than what we can see. They defy logic. They simultaneously thrill and scare us.”
Print copies of “The Bargain” will be available from Barrett at conventions and via online order in a few months.
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