The Envious Siblings

and Other Morbid Nursery Rhymes

Landis Blair (Author)


Eight gleefully macabre vignettes by an award- winning comics artist, as delightful as they are deadly.

Inspired by the dark imagination of Edward Gorey, Envious Siblings is a twisted and hauntingly funny debut. Comics artist Landis Blair interweaves absurdist horror and humor into brief, rhyming vignettes at once transgressive and hilarious. In Blair’s surreal universe, a lost child watches as bewhiskered monsters gobble up her fellow train passengers; a band of kids merrily plays a gut- churning game with playground toys; and two sisters, grinning madly, tear each other apart. These charmingly perverse creations take ordinary settings— a living room, a subway car, a playground— and spin them in a nightmarish direction.

Envious Siblings heralds a brilliant new cartooning talent, and will captivate readers who have thrilled to the lurid fantasies of Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake, Charles Addams, Shel Silverstein, and Tim Burton.

Book Details

  • Hardcover
  • Forthcoming October 2019
  • ISBN 978-0-393-65162-1
  • 7 × 7 in / 240 pages
  • Sales Territory: Worldwide

Endorsements & Reviews

“Landis Blair’s work is a fusion of Grand Guignol horror and delicately layered poignancy that can’t be found elsewhere. He is a singular morbid talent.” — Caitlin Doughty, best-selling author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and From Here to Eternity

“Rarely have I seen an artist whose crosshatched phantasms are more evocative or more disturbing. Landis Blair weaves a world of dark discontents that is as disquieting as it is addictive.” — Emil Ferris, author of My Favorite Thing Is Monsters

The Envious Siblings gave me the fantods, in the nicest possible way” — Audrey Niffenegger, author of The Time Traveler’s Wife and Bizarre Romance

“Good grief, Landis, this is a bit gruesome.” — Eddie Campbell, artist of From Hell