I see "Frank Frazetta"
And I know what I want. me heart Frank Frazetta. Actually, I've never read his stories before - I didn't even know he's a writer. But, I really heart his artwork.
Myself included, I have bought several books about his life and know all about his bound relationship to Sword and Sorcery imagery. He utterly defined the paradigms of such illustration and artwork, with hundreds of others following in his wake. Frazetta has to be in the top three of my favourite artists to date.
Or, am I getting this wrong? Frazetta just drew the artwork, but the stories are written by James Silke?
From what I gather they collaborated on the books, so you can be confident that the 'Death Dealer' (called Gath of Baal) within these pages are what Frazetta envisioned.
Silke has a really heady style and paints with words what Frazetta does with oils. I kid you not, the link is that close. Everything which is conjured up in your mind can easily be seen as paintings with all the style and brutal feudalism like Frazetta's work.
The muscles budge, you can hear every swing, every cleaving of flesh from bone, you can see the chestnut skin of the women and the sunlight; the characters are layered and complex, all with conflicts, but all understandable.
The dark setting of Death Dealer is intriguing. Doesn't seem to be very popular though. I can't find a lot of information on it. What are your thoughts on it?
Without a shadow of a doubt, it is the best -brutal- fantasy novel I've ever read, and I'm not kidding when I say I read extensively
. It pops, and snaps, its the only book I've experienced phantom smells because the story immersed me so much.
I'm not saying its for everyone, and I think its something about my personal experience with reading it which spoke to me so deeply. I'm saving the last three, a little scared that the rest of the series might let me down, but I love the first book profoundly.
Don't read the 'Death Dealer' comics, its far from the spirit which Frazetta imagined the character. Its boring and contrived; even looking at the first three pages I realised that the writer/artist knew -nothing- of Frazetta as a person, and twisted his work.
I hope that helps that encourages you to at least pick up the first book!