Nominated for the Eisner Award
A Treasury of XXth Century Murder
The Terrible Axe-Man of New Orleans
Nights of terror! A city awash in blood! New Orleans right after the First World War. The party returns to the Big Easy but someone looks to spoil it. Grocers are being murdered in the dead of night by someone grabbing their axe and hacking them right in their own cushy beds! The pattern for each murder is the same: a piece of the door is removed for entry, the axe is borrowed on the property, and the assailant aims straight for the head! Why? How could he fit through that piece in the door? The man is never found for sure but speculations abound which Geary presents with his usual gusto!
"Geary's black-and-white palette and line shading give the right historical feel to his tales, and he has a sharp eye for the details of a time period. That, combined with his historical research, makes his story all the more horrific as the reality of it is impossible to escape."
-Graphic Novel Reporter
"He takes his readers back to that time, draws us into the fearful moments of the spree, and leaves us more than a little unsettled afterwards. THE FULL FIVE TONYS!"
-Tony Isabella, The Comics Buyers Guide
"Geary's archly antiquated drawing style is ideally suited for bringing bygone eras to vivid, convincing life. Geary's exacting, historically accurate approach makes this-as well as his other nonfiction works-a natural for true-crime fans as well as comics lovers."
"Rick Geary is the most accomplished horror artist working today. The "Axe-Man" killings struck a nerve not just because of their seeming randomness, but because of the weird, lingering details of the crimes."
-Rob Clough, The Comics Journal
"Simple and stark lines and straightforward panels convey a tone of utter terror. The scenes of the killer in the shadows and the crime scene he leaves behind are absolutely bone chilling. If you don't find this to be one of the most chilling reads of the year, you're a stronger man than I."
-Ain’t It Cool News
"Speaking of great art, you can't go wrong with Geary - his work displays a humor, style and class that make it instantly recognizable."
-USA Today’s Pop Candy blog.
"Outstanding! A-" -The Onion
"His stories are illustrated in his attractive faux-woodcut style, which suggests a bygone time, with stiff people wearing rictus grins, standing with perfect posture in impeccable clothing, covered in blood. It's great fun." -Andrew Smith,
Scripps-Howard Papers/Minneapolis Star Tribune
"Terrific book by a modern comics master" -Newsarama
"Great story-telling and absolutely captivating!" -G4tv.com
"Geary's style lends itself perfectly to this shocking tale of unsolved killings in post-World War I New Orleans. His matter-of-fact narration and illustrations are sedate given the gory nature of the murders, but his calm unveiling of the facts actually adds to the unsettling horror. Earns the full five out of five Tonys."
-Tony Isabella, Comics Buyers Guide
-Comic Book Resources
"Present(ed) with his signature appealing art style and expected well-researched text, including a fun and evocative history of New Orleans. Will appeal to true crime buffs and armchair detectives as well as Geary’s already loyal audience."
A Junior Library Guild selection
Read his interview on this at Ain’t It Cool News
6x9, 80pp., B&W, jacketed hardcover, $15.99,