The most intriguing artistic depiction is the Sleer
, the mysterious presence looking for the return of its master, which is drawn as smoke carrying the words it utters.
Bod is an excellent student, mastering "the fade," outsmarting the snake-like Sleer
, and otherwise mastering life among the spirits in his graveyard world.
During the course of his stay in the graveyard; the boy, now christened Nobody Owens, or Bod to his friends, experiences a series of adventures; makes several new friends, meets a witch, travels to the realm of the ghouls, and discovers the menacing 'Sleer
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