- Paperback: 128 pages
- Publisher: SelfMadeHero (November 15, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1906838496
- ISBN-13: 978-1906838492
- Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 0.4 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #470,387 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
Chris Lackey (co-writer) co-hosts the HP Lovecraft literary podcast, and is an animation and film director. He has penned the short story The Temple for Selfmadehero's forthcoming The Lovecraft Anthology: Vol. II.Chad Fifer (co-writer), co-hosts the HP Lovecraft literary podcast, and is the author of the coming-of-age novel Children in Heat. He has penned the short story The Hound for Selfmadehero's forthcoming The Lovecraft Anthology: Vol. II.I.N.J. Culbard is an award-winning artist (British Fantasy awards - Best comic/ Graphic novel 2011) and has collaborated on a critically acclaimed Sherlock Holmes series with Ian Edginton (Dark Horse, Marvel, 2000AD), As well as adapting At The Mountains of Madness and The Case of Charles Dexter Ward for Selfmadehero. He is also the illustrator on a new zombie mini-series for vertigo called The Deadwardians with Dan Abnett (February 2012).
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Of course you haven't, but in Deadbeats, written by Chris Lackey and Chad Fifer (hosts of the HP Lovecraft Litterary Podcast) with art by I.N.J. Culbard, you get just that and a whole lot more. You will learn the value of a good tailor in the 1920s. You'll see pants as the ultimate tool of their day. You'll never shop a The Gap again.
Oh yeah, and there is an elder god as well, but you expected that.
But to the credit of Fifer and Lackey there are some decidedly unLovecraftian elements. Humor is never far from surface even in the more horrific scenes. Characters are developed way beyond the level of what Lovecraft usually bothered. The villains are a mixed bag, some with sympathetic motives. And there is more than one major plot thread that collide at the end. Also, there is some rather effective social commentary on the mores of 1920s America.
Fifer and Lackey grew up in the Quad Cities area and the action of the book takes place in that general area. One wonders how much the authors are using their background when depicting the "locals" in the book.
Artist I. J. N. Culbard was more suited to the comedic elements of the story than the horror ones in my opinion. His style is a little too cartoony for my taste and I've always felt Lovecraft type stories, if done graphically, need an artist whose style is a little heftier or more reaistic. Opinions may differ on that point, of course. In any event, the art certainly didn't detract from a storytelling viewpoint.
Highly recommended. The book is a fast read; it can easily be read in half an hour. Our protagonists are memorable (especially "Iron Willie") and I hope we see more of them in the future.
And for god sakes, wear some pants.