From Hell is one of my favourite books and I was pleased to see Eddie teaming up with Alan again for this book. It was gorgeous and spooky and wonderful and everything that the Cthuthlu story and Promeathea were trying to do but done perfectly. The book features two illustrationed stories by Campbell to two performances done by Alan Moore. The first The Birth Caul seemed to be about the futility of life and the search for meaning with time running backwards in a really interesting way. It was interesting and quite depressing. The second story, Snakes and Ladders was my favourite thing I've read in quite awhile. It was just a beautiful example of what Alan Moore calls psychogeography, delving into the history of a place and looking for odd connections. In this case it was all about science, pre-raphelites, art and really wonderful. It felt like much more of an actualised version of what they were trying to do with the last issue of promethea. That was magic 101 this was magic for grown ups. (or something) But I found the art work stunning and the whole piece just very moving.
The last part of the book was an interview between Eddie and Alan that was also quite interesting. I never know how seriously I should take Alan Moore but while I don't agree with everything he says a lot of his ideas are very interesting. I liked that one of his pieces was about Holloway road, it thankfully seems to be the only recording that is readily availble and I will have to get there as I think it would be neat to listent to as that's where I live. Of course the reality of Alan's accent might be a bit distracting. In the interview he did mention the tarot part as a "history of the world" and I wanted to slap him again and say, "NO that was the history of Europe" but it was interesting to see what they were doing and why. It also made me want to track down more books that Eddie Campbell has illustrated as this reminded me once again how much I love his work. I wish there were more books like this....Continua