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Don't Be Afraid of the Dark: Blackwood's Guide to Dangerous Fairies

4.02  ·  Rating Details ·  407 Ratings  ·  45 Reviews
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark: Blackwood's Guide to Dangerous Fairies is a dark and disturbing illustrated novel based on the world of Guillermo del Toro's film "Don't Be Afraid of the Dark." Taking place a hundred years before the movie begins, the book chronicles the travels and explorations of Emerson Blackwood, a young and ambitious natural scientist who quickly discover ...more
ebook, 272 pages
Published August 15th 2011 by Disney Book Group (first published August 3rd 2010)
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Aug 01, 2011 Violet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 17, 2012 Belinda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy-fiction
Wow--just wow. I adored this film, in particular for it's set design and cinematography and most of all for it's art. I loved the original tv movie from the 70's and it's completely different but this was for me, a truly gothic film. I know many people whined that it was not scary, the fairies are not frightening etc but I do not agree and this book backs me up. It's a combination novel/guide not unlike Froud's Faerie series but with a frightening twist. The design of the book is stunning--the d ...more
Orrin Grey
Aug 30, 2011 Orrin Grey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great companion to the movie (it ends at almost the exact moment that the movie begins), and a great example of book-as-object. Co-written by del Toro and Christopher Golden, with illustrations by Troy Nixey and Keith Thompson (the Thompson illustrations are the ones seen in the movie, though some of them only briefly).

It is an absolutely beautiful book that combines a traditional narrative (as told through the journal entries of Emerson Blackwood) with a bestiary in the form of entri
Midnight Blue
Feb 10, 2015 Midnight Blue rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Should be called "Be Very Fu***ng Afraid of the Dark" --I thoroughly enjoyed this tale of a man slowly descending into madness as he hunts down the elusive Tooth Fairies (otherwise known as Bloody Gums, Gnaw Bones, Bone Crunchers) and seeks to communicate with them. Unfortunately, they only want one thing---children's teeth---and they don't particularly want to wait for them to come out on their own. I wouldn't suggest having your children read this book unless you want them to suddenly prefer s ...more
Beverly J.
Aug 25, 2013 Beverly J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was fantastic. So well written it ran the gamut from fascinating to compelling, disgusting and morbid. I must say, del Toro is The Master. The format and the illustrations were a great touch as well. "A tooth placed beneath a child's pillow can be nothing less than an invitation to mutilation/murder."
Johanna Haas
Great idea, lesser execution. Combines a guide to dangerous fairies around the world with the diary of a scholar in contact with those fairies. Unfortunately the guide often reflected the authors' imaginations rather than a catalog of actual lore.
It does not scares me at all.But still i like the end part........ sally's would-be-mother sacrifices herself for her. That was a touchy part......
Sofia M.
Nov 07, 2016 Sofia M. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Those last 30 pages had me on edge!! Shit got real dark real fast.
Brian James
Nov 15, 2013 Brian James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ru

Conceived as a prequel to the film of the same title, this book follows a naturalist by the name of Emerson Blackwood as he begins studying various fairies from around the world during the turn of the last century in hopes of cataloguing the most dangerous and vile of species as a way of warning others to keep their distance.

His journey begins with a visit to a colleague, and the discovery of a strange skeleton found on his property. The skeleton is that of a Toothbreaker, or Tooth Fairy. As a s
Eustacia Tan
Aug 13, 2015 Eustacia Tan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Since I was supposed to take a night bus from Shinjuku to Aomori for the trip to Aomori a few weeks back, I figured I should bring a book. So I brought this - I have no idea why, perhaps I didn't think I needed to sleep before a presentation. But thankfully, I finished this book on the train to Shinjuku, so I didn't have to creep myself out reading in the dark.

Don't be afraid of the dark is basically a collection of scary fairies from around the world, sandwiched between an increasingly dark sto
Sep 21, 2015 Mouse rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Had no idea what I was really in for when I checked out this book. Matter of fact it started with The Strain. I've been watching that show on FX and enjoying it immensely and I know there's a book series out based on it that del Toro wrote. I was considering checking it out but I'm one of those guys that if it's already a movie or show I'll never go back and read it. So I decided to see what other books he had out. I found Trollhunters and checked that out. It was fun but nothing great! Then I s ...more
Sue Smith
Feb 09, 2012 Sue Smith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Look at this beautiful cover!!! It just invites nightmares!!!!!

If the cover doesn't invite you into the story, then you have to looooooove the details - black edged pages, wonderfully creepy illustrations and snippets of handwritten journal entries that best illuminate the slow sinking into madness.

And if that doesn't get you - the writing will. Ahhhhh there is nothing like a well written book.

I loved the fact that this was a story done through journal entries. It feels more intimate and persona
Keith Bryan
Apr 30, 2015 Keith Bryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is the companion to a movie of the same name, and in and of itself it is a fairly splendid little novel about (and/or catalog of) dangerous fairies. The narrative is simple and easy to follow, although the main character's choices are hard to bear at times. It's basically the story that asks is the world we live in a little crazier than we would like to think or is it just the main character? Overall, the book was scarier than I expected, but I tend to let things get into my head, whic ...more
Sep 14, 2012 Julie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A book that would be better read as a hard copy

This book didn't grab me. I was definitely ready for a change of genre and probably shouldn't have even started it when I did.

Given the diary style narrative interspersed with the reference catalogue of fairy research, I think I would prefer a hard copy where you could flip through and have a better display of graphics ... the book lends itself to being visual and this was lost on the Kindle.

In the end, I skimmed the catalogue sections
May 13, 2015 Darren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am a big fan of Guillermo Del Toro. The movie "Don't be afraid of the dark" was a remake of an old made for TV film I saw as a kid that scared the $&%^ out of me. I was anxious to see the remake and did enjoy the new movie.
Fast forward 6 months after the movie was made I saw this book and had to purchase it. This, to me, was a big let down. Read more like a high school text book, hardly any story line just facts and "documented cases" of different types of fairies/trolls. Very long and ju
Aug 24, 2011 Robert rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Don't Be Afraid of the Dark is a cool little book. It is more concentrated on presentation than story. The book is very handsome, black pages, great dark illustrations, which really add to the tone. The story comes in the form of journal enteries, which are broken up by naturalist descriptions of "dangerous fairies". The story is there, the tension develops, but the real meat of the book, for me at least, were the information about creatures of myth and folklore. I was disappointed that the illu ...more
Aug 29, 2011 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-f
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Derek Webber
Enjoyed the book and did really enjoy the progression of the story to obviously the lead in for the movie (which I have not seen). Being an avid reader and viewer of scifi/horror media of all sorts the "study" material provided was mostly rehash of things I have already come across at one point or another and may be unfairly impacting my overall rating for the book. I was a little curious about where the idea came from and I wonder if Guillermo del Toro's involvement with the Hellboy II and the ...more
"Truth is beauty, and beauty is truth…" but, I don't think Keats ever had a fairy tale laid out before him like this; it's insidious skeletal remains casting shadows in lit rooms. His world wasn't separated from everyone around him as the dark truths in the forest revealed themselves for what they truly were.

Meet Emerson Blackwood, a natural scientist who inadvertently stumbles across a find that will alter the course of his life. Through his journey into the unknown, he describes what he learns
Apr 13, 2016 Timothy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is actually a prequel to Guillermo del Toro's movie, 'Don't Be Afraid of the Dark.' It follows the career of a man who seeks out knowledge about bad fairies, and is then destroyed by the bad fairies. He dies in the house that is featured in the movie, leaving his notes behind. Del Toro's movies and books are controversial, but I he works with fantasies and themes that I really love. Since I have a thing for faerie stories, this is probably my favorite del Toro book. It is definitely a ...more
Oct 28, 2011 Shaun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Blackwood's Guide to Dangerous Fairies" is the actual title of the book. It is part journal into madness as Victorian naturalist begins to uncover the reality of fairies in the world around him and this slowly becomes his downfall and part guidebook to dangerous fairies. Perhaps Blackwood was seeing fairies; perhaps he was actually just going slowly insane. We will never know. But this book was a surprisingly fun read--especially a week before Halloween.
J.T. Brown
Apr 02, 2012 J.T. Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The story began beautifully, and I really enjoyed where the upcoming plot was going with the story. It was almost as though the story changed hands and grew into a different style of imagination. Although, It was well written, just not what I was hoping for. The plot would be better for the strange creatures staying part of your imagination, when they showed their ugly faces, it seemed as though they didn't fit the plot.
All in all, I did enjoy the story, just not one of my favorites.
Kira Adams
Nov 15, 2013 Kira Adams rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book is written as pieces from Blackwood's journal and it also includes his catalog of dangerous fairies. The journal parts were good. The only bad part was they put parts of the catalog between the journal entries. It kind of interrupted the flow of the story for me. I wish they had added the catalog as an appendix.

The pictures are good and creepy. And I like how they made the pages are splattered and edged in black and the catalog pages are completely black.
Nov 14, 2015 Tanya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Of course I found this book after I had already seen the movie, but I have to say the first half of the book for myself was rather boring, listing of different kinds of Hidden People and a little bit about his life, the second half of the book was better, I enjoyed the leading up to right where the movie began, it gave me a better insight into how it came to happen. I would suggest if you loved the movie to read this book.
Jan 23, 2013 Paty rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
This book was really creepy but good. I have read about all these different types of elves, dwarves, etc., in many library books. I would not be surprised if the Hidden People did exist yet over the many thousands of years the world has existed, they have either become extinct or really now how to hide well. Don't read it in the dark.
Bonna Hardy
Dec 18, 2011 Bonna Hardy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have to say...I LOVED this little book. The cover art was so amazing...the story sucked me in and I have to say this was so much better than the movie it lead up too. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is because the discriptions of the types of Fae were a little libg for me. I noticed myself skimming a few.
Aug 12, 2011 Jeremy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very very good book, I bought this book at a store simply on the cover of it ,I actually thought it was a knight vs demons thing because it was in the scifi fantasy section.. anyways It turned out to be a very nice short read that left me scared and happy I have no little children in my house lol. If you do you will never look at fairy tales the same way.
Elsa Carrion
Oct 30, 2011 Elsa Carrion rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
For a book that cost me $25.oo I excptected a little more than a few pages of story. However the few pages that had the story were good. I was not to keen on all the mithical creater descriptions. Good Holloween story.
Tiberius Bones
This is a great toilet book. The plot is weak enough for a poo length read and there are pictures. It's absolutely not worthy of being called a novel, though novel it may be. It was and is entertaining, but just mildly so.
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Guillermo del Toro is a Mexican director mostly known for his acclaimed films Pan's Labyrinth, The Devils Backbone and the Hellboy film franchise. His films draw heavily on sources as diverse as weird fiction, fantasy, horror, and war. In 2009, Del Toro released his debut novel, The Strain, co-authored with Chuck Hogan, as the first part of The Strain Trilogy, an apocalyptic horror series featurin ...more
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