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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 malevol
Kindle Edition, Kindle Edition, 304 pages
Published December 10th 2007 by Spectra (first published 2007)
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Sep 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: hellboy fans, mignola fans, gothic literature fans
I picked this up when I received an email from Barnes & Noble recommending that I pre-order it since I had purchased Hellboy books in the past. At first I had thought it a novel for which Mignola was providing illustrations, but returning to the email repeatedly in the following weeks, I found it featured 150 illustrations by Mignola, and promptly ordered it. Only when it arrived did I discover that it is in fact co-written by Golden and Mignola, with 150 illustrations of varying sizes (from ...more
 Danielle The Book Huntress (Back to the Books)
Baltimore, or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire uses the story within a story narrative very successfully. Three of Lord Baltimore's close acquaintances, Doctor Rose, Demetrius Aischros, and Childress all meet at a pub, awaiting Baltimore. They each tell their story about how they came to meet Baltimore and when they became aware of the unnatural evil that exists in the world around them. Interspersed is the narrative about how Henry, Lord Baltimore, came to be the formidable vampire hu ...more
"Good lord," said Doctor Rose, the sardonic mask slipping a moment. "I'd no idea his family had met such an awful end. But what of the monk? Did you ever discover what became of him?"

Aischros nodded, not looking at them. "He died just as he had foreseen."

The mariner's eyes were unfocused. He felt as if he were looking through them, beyond the walls of the inn. The recollection of his time on Trevelyan Island lingered with him, and he knew that, having told the tale, it would be some time before
Stephen Collins
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I bought H/B copy of this great book when came out but unlucky I lost it.
Sep 23, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
When I saw this today, I...well, I licked my chops.


Hmmmm. An interesting take on the ManBearPig legend, doctor.

Hmmmm. An interesting take on Sesame Street, sailor.

Hmmmm. An interesting take on whatever the fuck that was, soldier.

Hmmmm. Has it really been twelve years since From Dusk 'til Dawn was at a theater near you? Because it's still fresh in my mind and, ah, fresh in the mind of the authors: people held captive - fighting for their lives - in the lair of the vampires until, suddenly, th
All Things Urban Fantasy
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This gorgeous illustrated novel is one of the scarier things I have read. A framed collection of short stories, the tale is told by three strangers around the table of an inn. BALTIMORE is about war, plague, human weakness and vampires.

These vampires are original and disgusting. The translation that the horrors of the Great War awoke literal monsters is very effective. Both authors are veteran fantasy and horror writers. They create a slew of amazing mo
The Flooze
Vampires. Forgotten gods. Cannons shook them in their resting places. Spilled blood awakened them. The ravages and chaos of war brought them forth.

But they were sleepwalking creatures, content to exist as scavengers feeding on the flesh and blood of the dead and the dying.

Until Baltimore.

Humanity itself is to blame for the ills that come to call, but Baltimore alone gave the malevolent force its purpose and drive.

And so for Lord Baltimore the true battle begins.

As much as this is Balt
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror-gotici
Lord Baltimore è qui un protagonista che se ne sta sullo sfondo, un eroe decadente e una figura particolarmente caxxuta come cacciatore di vampiri. Veri pilastri portanti della storia contenuta in questo libro sono tre suoi amici: Thomas Childress, il dottor Rose e il marinaio Aischros, in grado di credere ai resoconti riportati sul diario del protagonista in quanto venuti a loro volta in diretto contatto con il male. Vicende di cui veniamo resi partecipi in un’atmosfera spettrale, una locanda l ...more
Feb 06, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
This was a very beautifully crafted book. I found out about this book through Wizard magazine and with Mike Mignola, from Hell Boy, writing with Christopher Golden I was intrigued to read this novel.

Baltimore blends the gritty reality, of what I presumed, is World War I horror with fantasy elements of a world beyond our world masterfully. You completely feel that the evils the characters talk about in this tale could of happened in this dark era of our history. Taking inspiration and themes from
Sep 04, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've always wanted to be able to sit in a book-lined study sipping brandy, or in an out of the way tavern with a group of grizzled old men swapping stories of the supernatural that occurred earlier in our lives. I may be well on my way towards being old and grizzled, but the only scary stories I have involve high school and the single evening I spent bussing tables at a Ponderosa in Ellisville, MO. For now, I'll just have to be content reading books like Baltimore.

The highlight for me was the s
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Mike Mignola was born September 16, 1960 in Berkeley, California and grew up in nearby Oakland. His fascination with ghosts and monsters began at an early age (he doesn't remember why) and reading Dracula at age 13 introduced him to Victorian literature and folklore from which he has never recovered.

In 1982, hoping to find a way to draw monsters for a living, he moved to New York City and began wo
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