Review: Don’t Be Afraid of The Dark: Blackwood’s Guide to Dangerous Fairies

 

To commemorate our celebration of …*fanfare please* “DON”T BE AFRAID OF THE DARK” WEEK!!!

We start off DAY ONE with a review of the newly released hardcover book/journal.

“Don’t Be Afraid of The Dark: Blackwood’s Guide to Dangerous Fairies”

Written by Guillermo del Toro and Christopher Golden with illustrations by Troy Nixey

Ever wonder what Luke Skywalker’s life was like before some horizonatally challenged scheisters pawned off some ‘bots to him?

Ever wonder what Victor Von Frankenstein was like in chem class?

Ever wonder what kind of bar hopping bachelor Mike Brady was before he met his beloved money hungry, Carol and her three harpies..okay that was mean-spirited…(no one knows for sure if Brady bar hopped)

But I digress(kinda).

This book is awesome.

Aesthetically,this edition is not your typical novel/journal.

From the  iconic ,haunting dust cover art by Keith Thompson to the ebony tinge of the pages…this book actually feels like it could actually be someone’s journal.

Along with the masterful writing of Christopher Golden,del Toro further fulfills his title of renaissance man with compiling this fictitious journal that is part diary of a mad man ,part boogey man bible.

This chronicle craftily blends an investigative journey of artist Emerson Blackwood and his obsession with creatures of fantasy and nightmares.

Cleverly positioned within the journal is a three volume catalog of fairies from around the world and netherworld.Within these catalogs are stunning illustrations by artist and director of “Don’t be Afraid of The Dark”, Troy Nixey. Nixey’s beautifully rendered drawings  are reminiscent of classic children books but the subject matter is anything but adolescent. Amongst Nixey’s fantastic drawings are additional lush works of art by the aforementioned Keith Thompson that only add to the mystique of this journal.

Seen more as a companion piece to the film ,”Don’t be Afraid of The Dark”(that opens nationwide August 26th).

The reader can explore this journal before seeing the film or later  immerse oneself to fully enrich their movie going experience.

’til next time Cabrones (tomorrow actually…we have an exclusive interview that you’re not gonna want to miss)

 

 

 

Gary
Gary "El Boy" Deocampo provides insightful profiles & reviews with his own original tongue-in-cheek, macabre, fan-boy style. Gary was born in the City of Angels and raised on a healthy diet of Rod Serling's The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits, Night Gallery, The Hammer Horror Films, and his favorite, Universal Studio's Monster Movies. But alas, it was a film that was released in the winter of 1973, where his love and perception of all things Horror would personally change him forever. William Friedkin's, The Exorcist was that film. To this day The Exorcist still gives him the heebie-jeebies. Presently, his affinity for the horror genre has broadened and spans the globe. His love and appreciation for director's Takashi Miike (Audition) and Chan-Wook Park (Old Boy) from the Far East to Sweden's Tomas Alfredson (Let The Right One In) to his favorite, Mexico's very own Guillermo del Toro (Cronos, Devil's Backbone, Pan's Labyrinth). In his spare time he likes to exercise and/or exorcise his inner demons. The little devil still resides in the City of Angels, in a suburb founded by Puritans (!) with his lovely and patient wife, his two equally lovely and patient children, two hounds and his pet Cthulhu.

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