- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: Del Rey; 1 edition (Dec 1 1998)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0345417119
- ISBN-13: 978-0345417114
- Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 4.4 x 25.4 cm
- Shipping Weight: 703 g
- Average Customer Review: 10 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #733,416 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Crow: Shattered Lives & Broken Dreams Hardcover – Dec 1 1998
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The Crow, a dark character created by James O'Barr, "warps together two of man's strongest emotions and desires--love and revenge," writes Ed Kramer in the preface to this anthology of theme stories and art. A black, nightmarish spirit with a harlequin mouth, the Crow was born to avenge the brutal slaying of his beloved. Incarnations of the Crow stalk time and space, bringing ruthless and horrible justice to rapists and murderers.
O'Barr and Kramer asked an incredible array of fantastic fiction writers to interpret this Goth phenomenon--from A.A. Attanasio to Gene Wolfe, Alan Dean Foster, Charles de Lint, Jack Dann, and Jane Yolen. Shattered Lives & Broken Dreams delivers chilling, graphic tales of mystic revenge, from some of the best modern fantasy authors. Poetry (from Henry Rollins and Iggy Pop, among others) and original art complete this ode to the Crow. Readers of the popular comic book series and fans of the movie starring Brandon Lee will find lots to chill and thrill them in this collection. --Therese Littleton
From Publishers Weekly
An antihero created in the comics almost 20 years ago, undead vigilante Eric Draven has become a major success in the world of cult character media franchises. Now Kramer (editor of Sandman: Book of Dreams) and Crow creator O'Barr have assembled a substantial anthology of original Crow-spawned stories, poems and artwork, including pieces by some of the most respected names in fantasy and horror. "Born of personal tragedy, the Crow wraps together two of man's strongest emotions and desires?love and revenge," Kramer writes. The best of these stories step beyond formula to show human souls tormented by loss and hate. Ramsey Campbell's "Twice by Fire" follows a reborn cop seeking redemption for a crime he committed that destroyed him and his family. Andrew Vachss and Nancy A. Collins stalk their usual terrain, he with a hard-boiled crusader taking on the kiddie-porn business ("The Real Thing"), she with "Variations on a Theme," starring her series character, vampire Sonja Blue. Other standouts include Gene Wolfe's haunting "The Night Chough," in which the crow who guides a man bent on revenge is much more than he seems, and the blackly comic "Carrion Crows," by Jane Yolen and Robert Harris. Last up but definitely not least is John Shirley's spiritually potent "Wings Burnt Black," the collection's deepest, most resonant?and most unexpected?tale, in which the Crow assaults Heaven in search of understanding and vengeance for the death of his beloved. This book is a must for Crow fans but also rich reading for any admirer of literate horror and dark fantasy.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Most of the stories and poetry are well-written though some are just too far fetched to be taken seriously, a number of stories delve more into fantasy than your regular fiction. A number of stories, however, capture your mind and heart from the instance you read them. Stories that traverse the here and now. On how things should have been, but aren't. James O'Barr's piece, "Spooky, Codeine and the Dead Man" is a perfect example of such. Another story would be "Moving Toward the Light" by Rick R. Reed, a though-provoking piece about pain and hurt. The story is extremely graphical and can truly touch the reader and make him witness first hand the descriptive pungent exploitation the character experiences. The story makes you think and wonder, can this truly happen in a world of today, and the answer to that painful question is an excruciating yes.
The book is a must read for not only horror fans, but those who truly believe that there are outside forces controlling the paths each one of us takes, a power that can right where things have gone wrong, horribly wrong.
You will really like this book if you like The Crow or dark poetry. It's worth your time.
But a poem by Henry Rollins, and 'Spooky Codeine And he Dead Man' by O'Barr himself, and 'Twice By Fire' by Ramsey Campbell, this book gains its four stars, plus th great works by other writers, too many of which there are to mention.
I advise you buy 'The Crow' before this book, as a lot of the stories refer to things in 'The Crow'.
A good book for fans of The Crow and James O'Barr, as well as fans of dark fantasy/horror.
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