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||The Crystal and the Amulet
b/w graphic adaptation
313mm x 235mm
ISBN 0 86130 070 X
|James Cawthorn has a natural link with Mervyn Peake: both are masters of the Grotesque. Cawthorn's commitment, though,
is to sui generis works of Sword & Sorcery and the maverick Fantasy of William Hope Hodgson and Robert E Howard. His stripped-down style is often seen as 'primitive' by critics,
who display a lack of understanding of what energy and commitment
it takes to reach the levels of intensity he often achieves. No
other British artist has achieved such solidity and presence of
atmosphere in a genre overburdened with lightweight decoration
and saccharine imaginings. His characters have a flesh-and-blood
reality and they move through tangible and believable landscapes
and architecture. Readers of his Fantasy: The 100 Best Books (Xanadu Books, 1988, written wholly by Cawthorn despite being credited to Cawthorn
and Moorcock), will find that his erudition and sophistication
are self-evident and considerable.
Introduction by Burne Hogarth. The middle book of Savoy's planned trilogy of Dorian Hawkmoon adaptations which commenced with The Jewel in the Skull (1978). The Sword and the Runestaff is forthcoming.
A few copies of this title are still available.
|See also: James Cawthorn's pictures|
"Jim Cawthorn and I have been inseparable for over twenty-five years, sometimes to the point where I can't remember which came firstthe drawing or the story. It is his drawings of my characters which remain for me the most accurate, both in detail and in atmosphere. His interpretations in strip form will always be, for me, the best."
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