The rich imagery paints vivid scenes to play in your mind, which I found took one of two forms: the more obvious, being accompanied by Mignola's illustrations, is to mentally image everything as another of his comic books, but the text is also easily imagined as a film version, especially after Guillermo Del Toro's successful adaptation of Hellboy. Imagining the savage form of Lord Baltimore as envisioned by Del Toro was a small giddy moment for me while reading a particularly action-filled scene.
Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire uses the story within a story narrative very successfully. They each tell their story about how they came to meet Baltimore and when they became aware of the unnatural evil that exists in the world around them. Interspersed is the narrative about how Henry, Lord Baltimore, came to be the formidable vampire hunter who is nearly as frightening as the creatures he hunts. Baltimore is a hero who lives in the dark, on the edge of despair, with everything he loved having been destroyed by the same vampires he hunts. As the name indicates, the story pays homage to the Hans Christian Anderson fairy tale, The Steadfast Tin Soldier. It's definitely worth reading, especially for fans of the above authors and those who enjoy classic horror literature and fairy tales.
"I never knew how it all happened," Childress said. "Only that Henry's family had died, and Elowen had been murdered." At his speaking of Lady Baltimore's name, Aischros flinched and looked up. Doctor Rose opened his cigarette case and offered him one. Aischros shook his head and the doctor held out the case to Childress. But when the doctor struck a match and went to light the cigarette, Childress flinched away from the flame. and Henry and Elowen that way as well." "It seems you also have something to share with us," Doctor Rose said. "Was this what Henry had in mind, having us all meet like this-that we, who each know only a part of him, would share these tales?" Doctor Rose frowned and looked toward the door of the inn. Aischros and Childress did the same. "Is he dead, do you think?" Doctor Rose asked. Does that make a man alive?" Neither Childress nor the doctor had an answer to that. "Your story, Mister Childress?" Doctor Rose asked. "What do you mean?" "Come now, my friend," Childress said, lifting his glass of ale in a kind of toast. "All right," he said, looking at Doctor Rose and then back at Childress.
An interesting take on Sesame Street, sailor. But, in the end, the campaign of Lord Baltimore was less interesting than the stories each man told in turn. Though, I must ask you now that we're seated here in the gloom and it is very, very late...I must ask you: how do you know Lord Baltimore, and why do you yourself believe that true evil stalks this world?
Each man tells two stories: why he believes in magic and monsters, and how he met Baltimore. A perfect blend of Gothic imagery and twisted history, BALTIMORE, OR, THE STEADFAST TIN SOLDIER AND THE VAMPIRE is a beautiful book to treat yourself or any horror, fantasy or graphic novel fans in your entourage.
________ As much as this is Baltimore's tale, it's also the story of three men of disparate backgrounds, summoned to a grey and joyless city. The battlefield surgeon, the grizzled mariner, and the wealthy soldier trade stories as they await Baltimore's arrival. Golden's descriptions are jaw-dropping: the blackness of the battlefield, illuminated only by the flash of firepower; the vampires--abominable creatures who are black of body and red of eye, their muzzles stained with the blood of the fallen; the grey pallor of the infected, and the flat, lifeless black of their sunken eyes; the Red King cloaked in crimson, with grey wraiths at his beckon call.
Se vi è piaciuto il libro date un occhio anche alla serie a fumetti di Baltimore, portata avanti dalla stessa coppia di autori, potrete così continuare ad assistere alle suggestive avventure di questo novello Van Helsing - tale Lord Henry Baltimore (che sotto il pastrano tiene un vero e proprio arsenale).
I found out about this book through Wizard magazine and with Mike Mignola, from Hell Boy, writing with Christopher Golden I was intrigued to read this novel.
I've always wanted to be able to sit in a book-lined study sipping brandy, or in an out of the way tavern with a group of grizzled old men swapping stories of the supernatural that occurred earlier in our lives.
In 1982, hoping to find a way to draw monsters for a living, he moved to New York City and began working for Marvel Comics, first as a (very terrible) inker and then as an artist on comics like Rocket Raccoon, Alpha Flight and The Hulk. Mike also created the award-winning comic book The Amazing Screw-on Head and has co-written two novels (Baltimore, or, the Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire and Joe Golem and the Drowning City) with best-selling author Christopher Golden.