Saturday, April 16, 2016

Crossover Cover: The Rise and Fall of Babylon

This book consists of two connected stories by John Urbancik and Brian Keene. In Urbancik's "Babylon Rising," a man is drawn back in time to the days of ancient Babylon as part of a spell to bring an evil wizard to the present so he can summon Kandara, one of the Thirteen in Keene’s Labyrinth mythos. The name Kandara is clearly a reference to the Kandarian demons of the Evil Dead films. Keene's story is "Babylon Falling." In Iraq, U.S. soldier Don Bloom and his infantry unit are kidnapped by remnants of Saddam Hussein’s Fedayeen, and tortured by an ancient wizard as part of a ritual to summon Kandara. The Daemonolateria, a fictional book of magic that recurs in Keene’s works, appears.

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