Next month, Top Shelf Productions will release Skull Cat, Book 1: Skull Cat and the Curious Castle, the first graphic novel in a new middle grade series from cartoonist Norman Shurtliff. The book follows an anthropomorphic cat who uncovers a spooky mystery on his first day in a new job. Now ahead of the book’s release, The Beat is pleased to present an exclusive excerpt from the graphic novel.

Here’s how Top Shelf describes Skull Cat and the Curious Castle:

It’s Scully Catterson’s first day as the new garden-keeper at a spooky castle…
But when everyone goes missing, is he brave enough to become a hero?

Even though the castle is an eerie place, full of dark secrets, Scully is excited to start his new job and prove himself to be a great gardener. But wait a minute… what happened to all his co-workers? Were they devoured by bloodthirsty vampires? Spooked by a love-struck ghost? Pranked by a comic-reading goblin? Enchanted by a sleepy sorcerer? Will Scully have to become the hero and uncover the truth behind Le Dark Chateau? He never signed up for this!!

Skull Cat and the Curious Castle is the first original graphic novel from Norman Shurtliff. His previous work includes a few Mormon-themed comics and activity books, Amazing Scriptures and Captain Moroni, as well as a collection of diary comics, The Existential Soulmate Chronicles

Check out the exclusive excerpt from the forthcoming graphic novel below. The 112-page graphic novel Skull Cat and the Curious Castle is due out in stores on Tuesday, February 14th.