The Man Who Came Down the Attic Stairs

The Man Who Came Down the Attic Stairs

After moving into a new home and giving birth to her first child, a woman worries that a supernatural force is haunting her child’s nursery, and has corrupted her husband into a creature intent on harming them both.

Emma is excited to start a family in her new home, but after her child’s birth she finds her world turning upside-down. The infant cries like it’s scared of something, or someone, and Emma’s sleepless nights quickly drive a wedge between her and her husband, who seems uncharacteristically detached. When Emma begins to see strange things in the house, the line between reality and fantasy blurs and her grasp of what’s real and what’s not becomes even more clouded. Is something unnatural haunting the nursery? And what if it also affected her husband, who ventured up into the attic when they first arrived...

Inspired by the works of Shirley Jackson and Ira Levin, Celine Loup’s The Man Who Came Down the Attic Stairs weaves a tale of horror and suspense that captures the isolation of postpartum depression, while exploring the very real fears associated with new motherhood.

For Mature Readers.

Title:The Man Who Came Down the Attic Stairs
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9781684153527
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    The Man Who Came Down the Attic Stairs Reviews

  • David Schaafsma

    Isn't that a great title and cover? Dark, sophisticated, noir. A short story told and drawn by Celine Loup that she says was inspired by gothic suspense queen Shirley Jackson and Ira Levin . Like Jack...

  • Rod Brown

    An unsatisfying sketch of a story. The back cover mentions it is inspired by Shirley Jackson and Ira Levin, but this postpartum depression tale seems to lift pretty directly from Gilman's The Yellow W...

  • Ed Erwin

    Nice short creepy story of post-partum depression....

  • Marisa Carpico

    Beautiful, textured art that really adds to the period feel of the story. Really connected with the emotional honesty of the story and thought the horror element was perfectly calibrated to the real-l...

  • Matt Graupman

    It’s October so it’s the perfect time to dig into some books and comics on the creepier end of the spectrum. Celine Loup’s slim graphic novel - graphic novella? is that a thing? - “The Man Who...

  • Nancy

    What a creepy little book! This is the story of a woman who is filled with hope and promise for the future. Her husband just bought their dream house, she is expecting her first child, and is happily ...

  • Amy Layton

    A perfectly timed short-story graphic novel that serves as a metaphor for post-partum depression.  When a young woman and her husband move into a house and she gives birth, Emma's life seems to get t...

  • Blue

    An expecting couple buys a new house. They baby is colic and won't stop crying. The mother becomes a bit unhinged, noticing weird things about her husband after he comes down from the attic one day. S...

  • Racheal

    I really enjoyed the art and the spooky atmosphere- very Shirley Jackson in feel, with a nice Lovecraftian vibe. But! I wish I had known going in that it was only 48 pages. It feels much too short (th...

  • Cy

    very spooky and effective. i felt a little stressed out reading it. i could practically hear the baby screaming the whole time....