Review: Neighbors From Hell

Posted on August 25, 2015

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Neighbors-from-Hell-coverNeighbors From Hell: An American Bedtime Story
Written by Jan Frel and John Dolan
Illustrated by Taras Kharechko
Feral House
June 2015
24 pages

Neighbors From Hell is billed as a picture book for adults in the spirit of Go the F*ck to Sleep, except by different authors. Young Dan begs for a gory bedtime story about monsters — yes, this story is told in rhyme. While telling him all about their seven monstrous neighbors who have ruined their lives, Dad breaks the news that they’ve lost the house and will be moving in with Grandma.

Reading about the seven sleazy neighbors brought to mind the seven deadly sins. Rhonda the reality star is envy. Shady Steve the slumlord is sloth. Mike the maid service goblin is lust. Lobbyist Bob the prison profiteer is gluttony. Jane Munney the bitter day trader is wrath. Shelley the real estate snake is pride. And Paul the mortgage loan officer is hands-down greed. Read the Neighbors From Hell and see if you agree. Play the seven deadly sins game with your friends.

Kharechko’s watercolor cartoons highlight all the ruthlessness and decay of declining suburbia a la Mad magazine. Neighbors From Hell is farcical social satire that parodies the downfall of the middle class with demented humor.

Copyright (c) 2015 by Peggy Tibbetts

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