Klaxon – Self Made Hero Surreal Suburban Nightmare!
Si Spencer and Dix’s fantastically surreal graphic novel ‘Klaxon’ out now on Self Made Hero is an insane acid trip into a surrealist world of seemingly mundane suburbia meeting otherworldly evils.
Describing the story could be likened to recounting a fever dream. It doesn’t read like anything remotely like anything you’ve read before. But rest assured it’ll keep you hooked until the end.
Following the story of three wasters living in a rundown terrace led by Carlisle, who’s quiet home is shaken by the arrival of Carole and her oddly weeping mother who move in next door. The pair’s move are overseen by the incredibly terrifying, mysterious ‘Mr Stapleton’ (and his dogsbody son Craig). The former, could easily be likened to a nightmarish mixture of Pennywise the clown and Mr Blobby, with an eternal grimace and an unhealthy interest in punching his sons face til it resembles mashed potato. A presence of pure evil.
What follows is a strangely unnerving trip (quite literally) where Carlisle does his best to save Carole from the evil of Mr Stapleton and his son. Whilst at the same time, Carol’s mother is seemingly cursed and fights for her life, which in one scene literally results in liquorice allsorts raining in her living room. On top of which, Carlisle faces the horror of encountering a seeming malevolent ghost and some truly otherworldly and chilling characters….it’s insane, and brilliant.
It’s a fantastic delve into a really bizarre world. If anything I found it comparable to the surreal suburban nightmarish adventures of some of David Firth’s characters. Or a monstrous marriage of David Lynch and Ken Loach. It’s strangely terrifying at times, which is undoubtedly something to be cherished in graphic novel form.
Dix’s artwork is also absolutely fantastic, the style feeling like a nightmarish form of the illustrations you’d find in a children’s book. The colouring is also fantastic and the detailing truly incredible. The panels are also beautifully paced, letting the reader soak up the story and never feeling like they’re rushed through like many other graphic novels.
As a story it’ll undoubtedly leave you with a lot of questions but if anything, returning to Klaxon each time will keep you constantly second guessing this truly unique novel.
A must read – make sure you grab your copy from Self Made Hero