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The Crow: Shattered Lives & Broken Dreams Paperback – Unabridged, October 19, 1999
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The Crow, a dark character created by James O'Barr, "warps together two of man's strongest emotions and desires--love and revenge," writes Ed Kramer in the preface to this anthology of theme stories and art. A black, nightmarish spirit with a harlequin mouth, the Crow was born to avenge the brutal slaying of his beloved. Incarnations of the Crow stalk time and space, bringing ruthless and horrible justice to rapists and murderers.
O'Barr and Kramer asked an incredible array of fantastic fiction writers to interpret this Goth phenomenon--from A.A. Attanasio to Gene Wolfe, Alan Dean Foster, Charles de Lint, Jack Dann, and Jane Yolen. Shattered Lives & Broken Dreams delivers chilling, graphic tales of mystic revenge, from some of the best modern fantasy authors. Poetry (from Henry Rollins and Iggy Pop, among others) and original art complete this ode to the Crow. Readers of the popular comic book series and fans of the movie starring Brandon Lee will find lots to chill and thrill them in this collection. --Therese Littleton --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
An antihero created in the comics almost 20 years ago, undead vigilante Eric Draven has become a major success in the world of cult character media franchises. Now Kramer (editor of Sandman: Book of Dreams) and Crow creator O'Barr have assembled a substantial anthology of original Crow-spawned stories, poems and artwork, including pieces by some of the most respected names in fantasy and horror. "Born of personal tragedy, the Crow wraps together two of man's strongest emotions and desires?love and revenge," Kramer writes. The best of these stories step beyond formula to show human souls tormented by loss and hate. Ramsey Campbell's "Twice by Fire" follows a reborn cop seeking redemption for a crime he committed that destroyed him and his family. Andrew Vachss and Nancy A. Collins stalk their usual terrain, he with a hard-boiled crusader taking on the kiddie-porn business ("The Real Thing"), she with "Variations on a Theme," starring her series character, vampire Sonja Blue. Other standouts include Gene Wolfe's haunting "The Night Chough," in which the crow who guides a man bent on revenge is much more than he seems, and the blackly comic "Carrion Crows," by Jane Yolen and Robert Harris. Last up but definitely not least is John Shirley's spiritually potent "Wings Burnt Black," the collection's deepest, most resonant?and most unexpected?tale, in which the Crow assaults Heaven in search of understanding and vengeance for the death of his beloved. This book is a must for Crow fans but also rich reading for any admirer of literate horror and dark fantasy.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
Fairly dark and some stories are full of absolute despair. It is full of passion and some horrible moments of vengeance. But that is what one would expect.
Some outstanding stories, some not so grand but on the whole a broody and interesting read.