Friday, July 18, 2014

The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman

One of the coolest things about Neil Gaiman is that understands that sometimes the written word is all the more powerful for being paired with art, and that illustrations aren't just for kids.  He's worked with many illustrators to create some really fantastic books and graphic novels.  The latest collaboration, with illustrator Eddie Campbell, is The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains.

Gaiman and Campbell combine aspects of print books and graphic novels to tell a story of a dwarf in Jacobite Scotland looking for a fabled cave where gold can be had for the taking.  He engages the services of Calum McInnes, who once upon a time, found the cave and took the gold.  But nothing is free, and our unnamed dwarf, who is more than he seems,  finds more than just gold on his journey.

The text and illustrations work seamlessly in this novella length work.  Campbell's art illuminates Gaiman's prose, which as always, is just perfect for the story he's telling.  This is a dark tale set in a dark and haunting landscape, and though it's fairly short, it will stay with you long after you close the book.

Graphic and illustrated novels are available at your local library in just about every conceivable genre, including some non-fiction.  If you haven't experienced the way words and art can bring a story to life, check one out!

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