The Dark North – Horror Anthology
Foreward by Clive Barker,
Stories and Illustrations by Martin Dunelind, Peter Bergting, Henrik Pettersson and more
Publication Date: October 10th, 2017
Page count: 236
Goodreads: See here
Plot at a Glance:
This illustrated prose-art book fusion features five unique tales ranging from Norse mythology to apocalyptic science fiction to fantasy. The Dark North showcases artwork by Scandinavia’s leading illustrators and concept artists–including Peter Bergting, Henrik Pettersson, Joakim Ericsson, Magnus Olsson, and Lukas Thelin–and is written by Martin Duneland. With a foreword by author and filmmaker Clive Barker, this anthology is sure to delight–and terrify–any horror fan in equal measure.
I requested this book on a whim through Edelweiss for two reasons: The gorgeous and dark cover art, and the foreward written by a Master of Horror himself, Clive Barker. As for the subject matter of the stories, which are written and illustrated by Scandinavia’s top creative talent and centers around Scandinavian mythology and legend, I was mostly unsure of what to expect, except for dark horror goodness.
There are certain stories in here that landed a bit better than others, particularly the ones that told a narrative-driven story which the artwork followed with in kind. A few of the entries in this anthology read a little bit less like stories than introductory pieces to characters from Norse mythology. I will say that regardless of if I preferred the tale being spun or not, the artwork remained gorgeous throughout. I almost wish that I had managed to get my hands on a physical proof because I have a feeling this book looks even better in person than it does on my computer.
Anyone who is a fan of dark horror themes and full color illustrations from extremely talented artists would probably find this a fitting addition to their collections.
🌟🌟🌟✯ = 3.5 stars, rounded up for Goodreads
Many thanks to Dark Horse and Edelweiss for an ARC of this book!
Have you read this book? What did you think? Are you as much a fan of dark fantasy tales as I am?