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Forbidden Brides of the Faceless Slaves in the Secret House of the Night of Dread Desire by Neil Gaiman

Lovely title. Couldn't remember it fully when asking a bookstore clerk. He observed that it's impossible to remember and impossible to forget. . . .

Lousy marketing description. It's not a send-up of Gothic literature. It's a send-up of Litachur Snobs.

In the short story (which I've read before) and the graphic novel (which I've got now), a young man aspires to be not only a writer, but a writer of slices of life that reflect the human condition. Only, he lives in a Gothic world, where Castle of Otranto is a classic of realism. They clash to humorous effect, until a crucial question lets him resolve his dilemma.

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