“The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains,” by Neil Gaiman

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From Neil Gaiman’s “The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains.” .

© 2014 by Eddie Campbell • William Morrow. Reprinted by permission.,


By: Neil Gaiman, illustrated by Eddie Campbell.

Publisher: William Morrow, 73 pages, $21.99.

Review: Gaiman’s tale is dark and fascinating, and Campbell’s accompanying illustrations — “pictures of all kinds,” says the subtitle — are appropriately disturbing.

Review: 'The Truth Is a Cave in the Black Mountains,' by Neil Gaiman

  • July 5, 2014 - 2:00 PM

Neil Gaiman’s latest book is set in Scotland, a powerful tale about greed, desire, revenge and evil, set on the Isle of Skye. It is a fairy tale, of sorts, told by an old man looking back on a time years before when he set out for the Black Mountains, where he had heard there was a cave filled with gold. He hires a guide, Calum MacInnes, to take him there, and the journey begins.

Gaiman says in his afterword that he and Australian artist Eddie Campbell first performed the story at festivals four years ago — Gaiman read; Campbell’s illustrations were projected behind him; a string quartet played. It was next published in an anthology of short fiction and won several awards. And now it has been published again, as a creepy, lovely, dark stand-alone book, with additional illustrations and the occasional comic strip by Campbell.

Gaiman’s familiar powers are at play here: His story has an unexpected twist, an understated lesson and a startling revelation, all told in the plain but powerful prose of a consummate storyteller.


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