Originally crowdfunded in 2015, this illustrated prose/art book fusion features five unique tales ranging from Norse mythology to science fiction. The Dark North showcases artwork by Scandinavia’s leading illustrators and concept artists Peter Bergting, Henrik Pettersson, Joakim Ericsson, Magnus Olsson, and Lukas Thelin, prose by Martin Dunelind, and a foreword by author and filmmaker Clive Barker!
It was interesting to learn from the above summary that this was originally brought to life thanks to crowdfunding. Whether or not that attempt to do so had been successful, which gladly it was, I hope it would have still been brought to the masses. Once you open up The Dark North and see the wonders within, you’ll be thankful that it happened regardless of the crowdfunding success.
This collection of stories from all different amazing creators was quite frankly one of the most intriguing books I’ve read in a while. Like the summary calls it, this is a very atypical fusion of prose and more heavily art, bringing readers tales that completely envelop your mind. Normally I may have been thrown off by reading dystopian sci-fi and Norse mythology in one book, but that doesn’t even phase you here. Switching gears is not abrupt and you just adjust to the new presentation and enjoy it for what it is. Rather than saying which ones I favored more than others, I think it’s best to leave these five pieces to each owner to love or possibly (but unlikely) hate for themselves.
As I mentioned earlier, while the writing is obviously important, the artwork in my mind is the appeal factor here. I can just imagine how much better my experience would have been had this been the premium coffee table version within my hands. The illustrations in this book are, to put it quite plainly, unbelievably spectacular. Having some of the artists within these pages working on RPGs and the like has got to make for some gorgeous content, that much was made more than evident here.
Even though there’s no point to me continually adding to the list of books I’d love to physically own to put on my coffee table, this is the next one on there. Still, I’m happy enough to have been able to gaze upon the pages in the medium that I did. This is a book that folks everywhere should get the chance to see, whether it’s in digital form or hopefully in a real book, but either will provide a great read.
Geek-o-Rama received a copy of this book for the purpose of this review. All thoughts, comments and opinions are those of the individual reviewer.