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By Cullen Bunn

For Charlie and his brother Alex, an unforeseen journey to go to their Aunt Mary within the haunted city of Crooked Hills becomes a life-changing event, forcing them to confront neighborhood bullies, hell hounds, useless witches, and women with slingshots! A throwback to vintage adventures like that of the Hardy Boys, combined with the creepiness of GOOSEBUMPS and CIRQUE DU FREAK, Cullen Bunn's CROOKED HILLS blends secret and event to weave a enjoyable and unforgettable tale of will, friendship and kin bonds.

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