The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains: A Tale of Travel and Darkness with Pictures of All Kinds
The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains A Tale of Travel and Darkness with Pictures of All Kinds Author:Neil Gaiman, Eddie Campbell (Illustrator) The text of The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains was first published in the collection anthology Stories: All New Tales edited by Neil Gaiman and Al Sarrantonio. This gorgeous full-color illustrated book version was born of a unique collaboration between writer Neil Gaiman and artist Eddie Campbell, who brought to vivid l... more »ife the characters and landscape of Gaiman's story.
In August 2010, The Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains was performed in the concert hall of the Sydney Opera House to a sold-out crowd—Gaiman read his tale live as Campbell's magnificent artwork was presented, scene-by-scene, on large screens. Narrative and art were accompanied by live music composed and performed especially for the story by the FourPlay String Quartet.« less
This is a short story/graphic novel that take place on Isle of Skye in Scotland. In the story a dwarf visits a man who is supposed to know the location of a cave that holds all the gold a man can dream of...for a price. So starts a journey deep into greed and darkness.
This book is a bit of an oddity. It was apparently based on a live reading Gaiman did of this story while Campbell did live artwork. Its part short story and part graphic novel. It is definitely intended for adults/older young adults. There is a cabin that the two characters stop at where the man obviously abuses his wife (emotionally/physically/sexually).
Its a very good short story and I really enjoyed that part of the book. The story is full of the deep and dark irony that I have come to associate with many of Gaimans books. The story has a bit of a folklore feel to it as well as telling a moral of sorts.
I did not like the illustration. The bigger pictures are done in a very unfinished waterpaint looking style that I didnt really enjoy. The graphic novel panels look like someone gave a child a marker and told them to make loose sketches of people. I am not familiar with Campbells art style, so I am guessing this is just his typical style. However, it wasnt for me.
Overall a very well done short story that is done in a unique way. However I did not enjoy the illustration style. Also this may kind of look like a picture book, but I would recommend for older young adults and adults. A must have for any Neil Gaiman fanatic, but not my favorite.