A Tale of Travel and Darkness with Pictures of All Kinds
Illustrated by Eddie Campbell
It is said that on the Misty Isle there is a cave. Within this cave lies a fortune in gold ready for the taking. Some say this gold is cursed but others will not believe it. Calum MacInnes has been hired to guide a small man to the cave. But this man hasn’t been entirely truthful about what he seeks on his journey. For it is not gold the man wishes to come away with, but something else entirely.
This latest from Gaiman is actually an illustrated hardcover edition of a short story that previously appeared in the 2010 collection, Stories, edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio. The tale ultimately won both the Locus and Shirley Jackson awards for Best Novelette. That same year, Gaiman read the story aloud in a performance at the Sydney Opera House, accompanied by a string quartet and projected paintings by Eddie Campbell.
Since then, the short has been read aloud in a second performance and recorded on audio as well (and is offered in an enhanced multimedia edition read by Gaiman and featuring the original score).
The story is, per Gaiman’s style, a fairy tale of sorts for adults. It’s a dark tale of vengeance and secrets. While the Stories collection is one I highly recommend for short fiction fans, The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains is fabulous on its own in this new edition. Eddie Campbell’s art is a wonderful complement to the tale, making this a must have for any Neil Gaiman fan’s collection.
7/14 Becky Lejeune
THE TRUTH IS A CAVE IN THE BLACK MOUNTAINS by Neil Gaiman. William Morrow; Ill edition (June 17, 2014). ISBN 978-0062282149. 80p.