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Don't Be Afraid of the Dark: Blackwood's Guide to Dangerous Fairies [Kindle Edition]

Christopher Golden , Guillermo Del Toro , Troy Nixey
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark: Blackwood’s Guide to Dangerous Fairies is a dark and disturbing illustrated novel based on the world of Guillermo del Toro’s film “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark.” Taking place a hundred years before the movie begins, the book chronicles the travels and explorations of Emerson Blackwood, a young and ambitious natural scientist who quickly discovers there is a mysterious world beyond what his education and peers understand. Follow Blackwood as he travels, discovering more and more about this secret world and the creatures that inhabit it -- creatures that Blackwood quickly realizes are just as interested in him as he is in them, particularly a long-lived and dangerous group of beings that have had centuries of encounters with humanity, creatures that live by eating enamel and bone.... The book, co-written by del Toro and the award-winning Christopher Golden, features illustrations by the director of “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark,” Troy Nixey.

Product Details

  • File Size: 21344 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Disney Hyperion (August 15, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005HJ9MSU
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #432,681 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy Fairy Story for Adults July 23, 2011
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This is a great book about a naturalist who discovers a darker world hidden in the shadows of nature. If you loved fairy tales when you were a kid, and want a darker, grown-up version, this book is for you. The book itself goes back and forth between the journal entries of the naturalist discovering the world of dangerous fairies, and his drawings and descriptions of these malevolent creatures. Del Toro's mark is evident, as the writing is surreal and almost cinematic. I am looking forward to the accompanying film!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice tie in to the movie August 28, 2011
I read the book a few weeks ago and saw the movie today. The first few minutes of the movie wrap up the ending of the book. I found they compliment each other very well as the book did a good job of giving you the backstory for the events of the film. Taken together I was very impressed, but the book was good on its own.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing book! February 11, 2012
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I bought this book after watching and loving the movie. As a fan of the film, it's pretty cool to be able to have "Blackwood's journal" documenting all of the things he saw/found... HOWEVER, even with having never seen the film I would still love this book and recommend it to anybody who's a fan of anything on the more unique side.

There are journal entries, but there is also gorgeous artwork of the creatures throughout the book. In addition to the pictures, there is quite a good chunk of the book dedicated to describing the creatures in a more informative/official manner, rather than a descriptive journal entry.

Overall it's a great book with a nice mixture of journal, novel, and artwork that ties very well into the movie, but is also great as a standalone book. I would highly recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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I really can't say enough good about del Toro. Ultimately, he's not a director OR writer: he's a devoted fan--a fan of strange and dark fiction; H.P. Lovecraft, Ambrose Bierce, Algernon Blackwood, Robert W. Chambers, Walter de la Mare, Lord Dunsany, M.R. James, Arthur Machen, Gustav Meyrink, Edgar Allen Poe, M.P. Shiel, Clark Ashton Smith--who is lucky enough to be in a position to put the stories he loves onto the big screen, because most people in his position wouldn't, 'cause they have no taste. Further, he's taken one of the greatest tales of supernatural horror ever penned for celluloid (Don't Be Afraid of the Dark), and not only A) improved it, but also B) created an unbelievably complex and wondrously dark piece of theatrical property for it, AND released it to the public for their enjoyment!

If you are a fan of supernatural horror like del Toro is, you'll love this contribution to it. :)

Postscript: Apparently, the reviewer named 'SWitch1' is unaware that this book is fictional non-fiction, based on the character from del Toro's remake; a character whose life and sanity have been torn apart by one 'species' of fairy. Having discovered (quite brutally) that fairies are in fact real, Blackwood becomes obsessed with them and makes it his purpose in life to find out the truth about what he refers to as 'the Otherworld'.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very entertaining read. November 15, 2011
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Even if it were not general knowledge, this book shows that GDT is a fan of such masters as Lovecraft, Blackwood and Machen. Indeed, I think of this as almost a modern update of one of the greatest horror tales of all time- Arthur Machen's "Novel of the Black Seal" (from "The 3 Imposters"). The theme is similar, and the ending (which is a perfect prologue to the film) is suitably ambiguous.
As in Machen's story, it tells the tale of a scholar who delves too deeply into the shadowy world of the "hidden people". Yes, it lacks the beauty and brooding menace of "Black Seal", but that is probably okay, since Machen's prose can be a bit cumbersome for many modern readers.
A good shivery read here... the tale itself is not too long and is a relatively subtle excercise in mounting dread. As a bonus, the "guide" excerpts are fascinating, as they document a lot of actual folklore from around the world. To top it off, the illustrations are excellent. Highly recommended.
Finally, I may have enjoyed this more than others because from the time I was a small child, I've always found the idea of "Tooth Fairies", "The Sandman", etc. to be very disquieting concepts, no matter how hard the adult world tried to sugarcoat them!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not at its best on a Kindle June 22, 2012
A book that would be better read as a hard copy. This book didn't grab me.

Given the diary style narrative interspersed with the reference catalogue of fairy research, I think I would prefer a hard copy where you could flip through and have a better display of graphics ... the book lends itself to being visual and this was lost on the Kindle.

In the end, I skimmed the catalogue sections and just read the diary extracts. The catalogue covered the research into fairy gentry across the world, much of which I was already familiar with, ie folklore. (And besides ... where were all the nice little fairies???).

The narrative was about the researchers obsession which all came to no good and a grisly end. And it was only the thin mortar between the bricks. Ho Hum as a read but could have been good as a coffee table style illustrated book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I enjoyed this book very much, it's interesting and creeped me out at the same time, careful of what you bargain for ......devils dont keep to their word.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book!
Published 3 days ago by Bhukov Kjells
3.0 out of 5 stars Good read !
It was a rather interesting book a good read a wish it was maybe made into a movie it would be a good prequel to don't be afraid of the dark movie that was made
Published 22 days ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Eerie, Creepy, and Enormously Entertaining Story about Fairies and...
I only recently discovered the macabre and fascinating works of Guillermo Del Toro and purchased this book because its description appealed to me. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dr.M.Lawicki
4.0 out of 5 stars Really cool book and I love the illustrations on the dust ...
Really cool book and I love the illustrations on the dust jacket, on the actual cover and on the inside of the covers. Read more
Published 3 months ago by elesdee
3.0 out of 5 stars Better in theory than in execution
Great idea, lesser execution. Combines a guide to dangerous fairies around the world with the diary of a scholar in contact with those fairies. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Johanna Haas
4.0 out of 5 stars it was creepy
I have two small children. And this was really creepy for me. I am of Mexican origin so we have ALOT of scary stories. And this def reminds me of things my grandma use to tell me. Read more
Published 9 months ago by cindy
5.0 out of 5 stars Rich, vivid imagery!
"Truth is beauty, and beauty is truth…" but, I don't think Keats ever had a fairy tale laid out before him like this; it's insidious skeletal remains casting shadows in lit... Read more
Published 16 months ago by jennifer hyndman
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book!
This book is beautiful - the descriptions don't do it justice - filled with beautiful, intricate drawings and illustrations. The quality of the production of this book is amazing. Read more
Published on December 30, 2012 by KenInCLT
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT worth the money.
All my friends were spazzing out about the movie and i saw the book at the store so i decided to buy it. I couldnt even get past the first chapter. Read more
Published on May 7, 2012 by Kaitlin
2.0 out of 5 stars Dont be Afraid of the dark: Blackwoods guide to dangerous fairies
I chose this book after being a longtime fan of the authors movies and for the Strain series of books which he co wrote. Sadly so far I am disappointed. Read more
Published on March 19, 2012 by Darren Crawford
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