- Hardcover: 272 pages
- Publisher: Hyperion Book CH; First Edition edition (July 19, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 142313401X
- ISBN-13: 978-1423134015
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 7 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #731,560 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Guillermo Del Toro: Don't Be Afraid of the Dark: Blackwood's Guide to Dangerous Fairies Hardcover – July 19, 2011
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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.
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'.
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!
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 madePublished 10 months ago by Kindle Customer
Really cool book and I love the illustrations on the dust jacket, on the actual cover and on the inside of the covers. Read morePublished 13 months ago by elesdee
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 morePublished 18 months ago by Johanna Haas
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 morePublished 19 months ago by cindy
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.Published on January 29, 2014 by jaylafray
"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 morePublished on December 11, 2013 by jennifer hyndman
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 morePublished on December 30, 2012 by KenInCLT