The Dark Horse Book of the Dead

Authors: Various
Artists: Various
Titan Books
RRP 11.99, US $14.95
ISBN 1 84576 117 0
Available 22 July 2005

Hellboy faces a hungry graverobber as Mignola spins a tale... a soldier faces
the apocalypse and the betrayal of his own soul... an expedition to the top of the world finds life where none was expected, and something else... a dog lingers along the last road he'd walked... and an Indian holy man makes a gift of his own heart...

The Dark Horse Book of the Dead is an entertaining collection of short stories from some of the industries most gifted writers and artists. This hardback horror anthology is crammed full of stories designed to suit all tastes. Whether it's horror with a serious dose of comedy, or just your straight forward chilling monster story, there's something here that will entertain you.

Possibly my favourite tale is Bob Fingerman and Roger Langridge's Death Boy. This sees a young lad awake in hospital to find Death at the foot of his bed. The boy is in hospital because he attempted suicide, and Death has decided to give this boy "the touch". Now every living thing he touches, or that touches him, withers and dies instantly.

There's something chilling, and a little sad, about David Crouse and Todd Herman's The Ditch. This is concerned with the last thoughts of a dog that was recently hit by a car and is dying in a ditch - or is it already dead?

Hellboy fans will applaud Mike Magnola's The Ghoul - although I personally didn't think it was up to his usual standard.

Whatever your taste, there's bound to be a few stories between these covers to entertain you.

Pete Boomer

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