St. Martin's Press
On Sale: October 16, 2012
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From the creator of Hellboy, Father Gaetano's
Puppet Catechism by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden
is an illustrated novella that brings Twilight Zone
originality to the written
In the aftermath of a
critical¬†World War II battle, Father Gaetano is
assigned as the sole priest at the Church of San Domenico in
the small, seaside Sicilian village of Tringale.¬† The
previous pastor has died and there is a shortage of clergy
at the moment, so until another can be spared, the young
priest must say all of the masses himself.
is not Father Gaetano‚Äôs only responsibility, however.¬†
The war has created many orphans, and thus the San Domenico
rectory has been converted into an orphanage which¬†is
also his domain.¬†¬†The children are a joy to him,
but they¬†have lost so much, and many have begun to
question their faith and their God, and his attempts to
teach them catechism are in vain . . . until he finds an old
puppet theatre and an ornate box of puppets in the
basement.¬† Handcrafted by the building's former
caretaker, now absent, the puppets seem the perfect tool to
get the children to pay attention to their lessons.¬†
But after dark the puppets emerge from that ornate box,
without their strings.¬†¬†While the children have
been questioning their faith, the puppets believe Father
Gaetano's Bible stories completely. But there is such a
thing as too much faith.¬† And¬†the children's lives
will never be the same again.
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