Christopher Golden

or, The Steadfast Tin Soldier and the Vampire
by Mike Mignola & Christopher Golden

On a cold autumn night, under a black sky leeched of starlight and absent the moon, Captain Henry Baltimore clutched his rifle and stared across the dark abyss of the battlefield, and knew in his heart that these were the torture fields of Hell, and damnation awaited mere steps ahead.

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 malevolent winged creature.

The vampire shakes its head. "It was you called us. All of you, with your war. The roar of your cannons shook us from our quiet graves . . . You killers. You berserkers . . . You will never be rid of us now."

When Lord Henry Baltimore awakens the wrath of a vampire on the hellish battlefields of World War I, the world is forever changed. For a virulent plague has been unleashed -- a plague that even death cannot end.

Now the lone soldier in an eternal struggle against darkness, Baltimore summons three old friends to a lonely inn -- men whose travels and fantastical experiences incline them to fully believe in the evil that is devouring the soul of mankind. As the men await their old friend, they share their tales of terror and misadventure, and contemplate what part they will play in Baltimore’s timeless battle. Before the night is through, they will learn what is required to banish the plague -- and the creature who named Baltimore his nemesis -- once and for all.


One of Booklist's Top 10 SF/Fantasy books of the year

"Baltimore is an old time rootin' tootin' sense of wonder story dragged through a modern blender, then slow baked in hell. I loved it. It was velvet bullet -- speedy and rich in sensation. Go boys, go." -- Joe R. Lansdale

"With Baltimore, Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden lay siege to the reader's imagination with a grim battalion of gothic images and a thunderous barrage of narrative artillery. This is not a novel: it's a war machine. Surrender immediately." -- Joe Hill, author of Heart-Shaped Box

"The lush, labyrinthine BALTIMORE evokes the best from two of our most gifted artists. Christopher Golden and Mike Mignola have created a book that will be enjoyed and admired for decades to come." -- Peter Straub

"I have admired Mike Mignola both as an artist and as a tremendous story teller pretty much since his career began. In this collaboration with Christopher Golden it's fair to say he surpasses himself. He and Golden have produced a witty classic of supernatural fiction." -- Michael Moorcock

"Mignola and Golden create a haunting allegory on the nature of war, fusing the poignancy of Hans Christian Anderson's "The Steadfast Tin Soldier," the supernatural chills of Dracula and the horrors of WWI and the subsequent influenza epidemic . . .Stark monochrome illustrations from Mignola enhance this dramatic tale of war and fear." -- Publishers Weekly

"Mythic adventure, midway between Lovecraft and the Brothers Grimm. The book burns with black inspiration." -- Sci Fi Magazine

"Outstanding, gorgeously told and wildly inventive. Mike Mignola's outstanding black-and-white illustrations turn the book into a beautiful object and add to its overall storybook quality. He and Golden have outdone themselves with Baltimore, a gorgeous, haunting tale that may well become a classic." -- Fangoria

"A horrific fairy tale imbued with a frightening beauty. Mignola and Golden brilliantly cross the evocative dread of early supernatural writers Algernon Blackwood and Ambrose Bierce with the inventive, in-your-face horror of contemporary counterparts Stephen King and Bentley Little. Well-written, compelling and extremely scary." -- Omaha World Herald

Additional Details

Illustrated Hardcover
Publisher: Spectra (Bantam)
August 28th, 2007
ISBN-10: 0553804715
ISBN-13: 978-0553804713

Sink Your Teeth into the Baltimore EPK

Learn more about BALTIMORE and spread the word of its release by downloading the electronic press kit (EPK) now! Read an excerpt of the book, watch a video interview with the authors, download the press release, the cover image, the authors' photos and biographies, and more.

Baltimore: The Comics

Follow the story of Lord Henry Baltimore in the new comics from Mike Mignola, Christopher Golden, Ben Stenbeck, and Dave Stewart, published by Dark Horse Comics.

"It still takes something special to impose a unifying vision, and Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden have got it." - The Wall Street Journal

"These Baltimore miniseries over at Dark Horse have provided us with the type of genuine Gothic horror that we crave...this is a great read." - Complex

Baltimore The Plague Ships #1


Baltimore: The Plague Ships #1

Months after a devastating plague ends World War I, Europe is suddenly flooded with deadly vampires. Lord Henry Baltimore, a soldier determined to wipe out the monsters, is on the hunt for the creature responsible for this chaos and his own personal tragedy. What he uncovers is a terror as horrific and frightening as any he's seen on the battlefield.

Order Baltimore: The Plague Ships #1

Publication Date: August 4th, 2010
UPC: 76156816899000111

Baltimore The Plague Ships #2

Baltimore: The Plague Ships #2

Setting sail from a harbor choked with sunken ships, where plague victims are burned in great furnaces, Lord Baltimore reveals a terrible incident that took place during the war, where his men fell victim to creatures that feast on the freshly dead, and Baltimore himself first met the vampire who has become his obsession.

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Publication Date: September 1st, 2010
UPC: 76156816899000211
Details: Full color, 32 pages

Baltimore The Plague Ships #3

Baltimore: The Plague Ships #3

After a furious storm rips apart their ship, Baltimore and Vanessa wash up on an island shore in the midst of a graveyard of submarines. While taking refuge they stumble upon a ruined plague ship--a vessel used to burn vampires--now entrenched in a grotesque and dangerous fungus.

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Publication Date: October 6th, 2010
UPC: 76156816899000311

Baltimore The Plague Ships #4

Baltimore: The Plague Ships #4

While hunting the vampire responsible for the death of his family, Lord Baltimore gets stranded on a haunted island, where horrible fungus spores cover the beaches and rotting corpses don't stay dead.

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Publication Date: November 3rd, 2010
UPC: 76156816899000411

Baltimore The Plague Ships #4

Baltimore: The Plague Ships #5

After a weird array of plague vampires attack them on the island shore, Vanessa suspects that Lord Baltimore may be damned after all.

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Publication Date: December 1st, 2010
UPC: 76156816899000511

Baltimore A Passing Stranger by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden

Baltimore: The Plague Ships

This trade paperback collects all five issues of Baltimore: The Plague Ships into one bound edition.

Hardcover edition
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
June 28th, 2011
ISBN-10: 1595826734
ISBN-13: 978-1595826732

Baltimore A Passing Stranger by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden

Baltimore: A Passing Stranger
A special release for Free Comic Book Day 2011

Baltimore: A Passing Stranger was available for free on Free Comic Book Day 2011. In Golden's own words:

"We only had fourteen pages [for A Passing Stranger], but Mike and I wanted a story that would accomplish several things at once. First, though Baltimore's nemesis is a vampire, we wanted something that would show readers that there are all kinds of evils in this world. We wanted to paint a picture of what an unforgiving place the world has become, post-war, post-plague (although the plague is still ongoing). And, most of all, of course, we wanted a story that would stand on its own as a chilling horror story, while introducing Baltimore to FCBD [Free Comic Book Day] readers in a way that requires no knowledge of his history. I have to say, I love the result. The artist, Ben Stenbeck, and colorist, Dave Stewart, have outdone themselves on A Passing Stranger. It makes me very, very happy that people will have the opportunity to get this glimpse into Baltimore's world for free."

Read Golden's entire interview with MTV.

Baltimore The Curse Bells by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden

Baltimore: The Curse Bells

This five-issue series finds Lord Henry Baltimore venturing to a secluded nunnery in Austria, where he believes Haigus, the scarred vampire who murdered Baltimore's family, lay in hiding. There are reports, however, that the inmates of this cloister practice black magic, and that a Bavarian soldier seeking a cure for the plague of demons and vampires that cut short the Great War may also have taken up residence within.

Issue #1: August 2011
Issue #2: September 2011
Issue #3: October 2011
Issue #4: November 2011
Issue #5: December 2011

The trade paperback edition of Baltimore: The Curse Bells collects all five issues into one bound edition.

Hardcover edition
Publisher: Dark Horse Comics
July 10th, 2012
ISBN-10: 1595826742
ISBN-13: 978-1595826749

Baltimore The Play by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden

Baltimore: The Play

A mad playwright puts on a Grand Guignol featuring actors that are real vampires. The evil financier of the play makes a bizarre discovery when he finds out that the playwright is a fraud and the true author is the disembodied head of a famous American author kept in a glass case.

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Check out a preview of the comic.

Publication date: November 21st, 2012
UPC: 76156819677100111

Baltimore The Widow and the Tank by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden

Baltimore: The Widow and the Tank

A blood-curdling double feature! Eisner Award–winning horror master Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden present this horrific double feature about a widow with a not-quite-dead husband and a child-killing vampire taking refuge from something even worse.

Publication date: February 20th, 2013
UPC: 7 61568 19678 8 00111

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Baltimore The Inquisitor by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden

Baltimore: The Inquisitor

The sadistic Judge Duvic, who we've seen serving God's vengeance on women and children, nearly has Lord Baltimore in his grasp, but first he has to face Baltimore's last few friends in this doomed, war-torn world.

Publication date: June 19th, 2013
UPC: 76156819679500111

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Baltimore The Infernal Train by Mike Mignola and Christopher Golden

Baltimore: The Infernal Train

While Baltimore hides out in Budapest awaiting the arrival of the sadistic Judge Duvic, a strange woman shows up with a bizarre invention she promises will rid the world of vampire plague.

Issue #1: September 4th, 2013
Order The Infernal Train: Issue #1.

Issue #1: October 16th, 2013
Order The Infernal Train: Issue #2.


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