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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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Christopher Golden is the award-winning, bestselling author of such novels as The Myth Hunters, Wildwood Road, The Boys Are Back in Town, The Ferryman, Strangewood, Of Saints and Shadows, and (with Tim Lebbon) The Map of Moments. He has also written books for teens and young adults, including Poison Ink, Soulless, and the thriller series Body of Evidence, honored by the New York Public Library and chosen as one of YALSA's Best Books for Young Readers.
Golden was born and raised in Massachusetts, where he still lives with his family. His original novels have been published in fourteen languages in countries around the world.
Troy Nixey grew up on the prairies of Canada and used the long winters to his advantage, writing and drawing as much as possible. A natural storyteller and artist Nixey focused his artistic efforts in the field of comic books beginning in 1990. For sixteen years Nixey worked on a wide range of highly visible properties (Batman, The Simpsons, X-Men, The Matrix comics), but it is his more personal work that has garnered Troy his reputation as a unique creator (Trout, Bacon, Jenny Finn).
Troy Nixey has brought his distinct brand of art and storytelling to illustrate stories for some of the most notable creators in comic; They include Mike Mignola (creator of Hellboy), Neil Gaiman (award winning novelist and screenwriter) and Andrew Cosby (creator and producer of the TV series Eureka).
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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!
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'.
Meet Emerson Blackwood, a natural scientist who inadvertently stumbles across a find that will alter the course of his life. Through his journey into the unknown, he describes what he learns. The world can take his journal for madness, or they can learn how best to prepare themselves for the creatures that go bump in the night.