A young woman undertakes a Dantean journey into the center of her psyche. Every door she encounters opens labyrinthine viewing galleries, macabre installtions, and occult rituals where nothing is as it seems. Answers lead to more questions. She must abandon her false self - through despair and self-surrender - on the way to an encounter with the inner void. Houses of the Holy is a nightmarish vision of the timeless psychic struggle that makes us human.
Praise for Houses of the Holy:
"On her walk through a landscape equal parts wonder and despair, Skaalrud’s protagonist endures a series of trials, confronts haunting memories, and grapples with what seems like a constantly-escalating level of insanity. She also strips away her childhood innocence, accrues her tokens of power, and engineers her own rebirth.
An evocative journey through pain and torment, Houses Of The Holy is traumatic and defiant; raw like a cut that refuses to heal. It’s also transformative and magical, and the most wonderful reading experience I’ve had in what feels like years. Read More: Why You Should Visit Caitlin Skaalrud's 'Houses Of The Holy' —John R. Parker, ComicsAlliance
"Skaalrud’s drawing is so sharp and visceral […] It’s the mind and body laid bare to itself and the reader, representing childhood in the form of the bow in her hair and adulthood in the form of the trials faced." —Foxing Quarterly
"It’s a mysterious presentation and, honestly, kind of exciting — a two-dimensional art installation skillfully rendered in real world terms as well as the figurative ones it portrays. In this way, Skaalrud’s book is a triumph and not like anything else." —John Seven, Vermicious
“One of the best mini-comics of 2013.” —Rob Clough, High Low Comics
maybe you didn't see Houses Of The Holy, that came out last year from Uncivilized Books. if so, get it. Caitlin bleeds comics, and she proves it with this amazing new 44 page zine, HOW TO MAKE COMICS. it's instructional in the same sense that jumping off a cliff can potentially teach you valuable lessons about falling, only not depressing. sort of. what a beautiful, sublime little book. 44 pages, red ink on newsprint.