or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire
by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden
Now available in hardcover from Bantam Books!
"On a cold autumn night, under a black sky leeched of starlight and absent the moon, Captain Henry Baltimore clutched his rifle and stared across the dark abyss of the battlefield, and knew in his heart that these were the torture fields of Hell, and damnation awaited mere steps ahead."
From celebrated comic artist Mike Mignola and award-winning novelist Christopher Golden comes a work of gothic storytelling like no other. Reminiscent of the illustrated tales of old, here is a lyrical, atmospheric novel of the paranormal -- and a chilling allegory for the nature of war.
"Why do dead men rise up to torment the living?" Captain Henry Baltimore asks the malevolent winged creature. The vampire shakes its head. "It was you called us. All of you, with your war. The roar of your cannons shook us from our quiet graves . . . You killers. You berserkers . . . You will never be rid of us now."
When Lord Henry Baltimore awakens the wrath of a vampire on the hellish battlefields of World War I, the world is forever changed. For a virulent plague has been unleashed -- a plague that even death cannot end.
Now the lone soldier in an eternal struggle against darkness, Baltimore summons three old friends to a lonely inn -- men whose travels and fantastical experiences incline them to fully believe in the evil that is devouring the soul of mankind. As the men await their old friend, they share their tales of terror and misadventure, and contemplate what part they will play in Baltimore's timeless battle. Before the night is through, they will learn what is required to banish the plague -- and the creature who named Baltimore his nemesis -- once and for all.
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News from Variety on September 28th, 2007:
David Goyer to direct 'Vampire'
New Regency acquires rights to 'Baltimore'
New Regency has acquired screen rights to "Baltimore, or The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire," an illustrated novel by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden. The authors will write the screenplay, and David Goyer will direct. Deal, which includes rights to the book and scripting fees, is worth seven figures.
John Baldecchi ("Ultra Violet") and Stacy Maes ("Jumper") will produce.
Just-published by Bantam, the graphic novel tells the story of the awakening of supreme evil on Earth. Lord Henry Baltimore is bitten by a demonic vampire bat on a WWI battlefield. The plague destroys his family, and Baltimore creates a team to hunt and fight the Red King, the embodiment of all evil.
Mignola created the comicbook character and series "Hellboy" and was a conceptual artist on "Bram Stoker's Dracula" and "Blade 2." Golden has written novels including "The Myth Hunters" and "Wildwood Road," and three of his titles are being developed into movies by studios.
Goyer, who wrote the "Blade" films and directed "Blade 3" and "The Invisible," next directs the Sheldon Turner-scripted X-Men origin film "Magneto" for Fox. He also wrote "Batman Begins" with Christopher Nolan and just worked with Regency and Maes on the upcoming Doug Liman-directed "Jumper."
Deal is the fourth made by Regency that fits its new mandate to make films appealing to a young male demographic. Regency is developing a movie from the Virgin Comics title "Virulents," with John Moore directing and John Cox ("Sgt. Rock") writing, and it acquired the Leslie Bohem/M.T. Ahern action-thriller spec script "The Darkest Hour."
Christopher Golden will be attending the World Fantasy Convention. The event will be held November 1st, 2007 through November 4th, 2007 at the Saratoga Hotel and Conference Center on 534 Broadway in Saratoga Springs, New York. Exact dates and details of Golden's WFC schedule to come.
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