In 1997, Dark Horse released the novel
Hellboy: The Lost Army, featuring Mike Mignola's ultra-cool comic book character.
The book was mainly distributed in comic shops by its publisher, Dark
Horse Comics, and did appear in some bookstores, mainly in the graphic
"Terrific!" -- San Diego Union Tribune
surprised me. Evocative and eerie, you're hooked from the beginning.
Pure concentrated fun." -- Tripwire (UK)
The Lost Army stars Hellboy, a being
who is apparently a living, breathing demon (raised by nice folks,
naturally) who has spent decades as a paranormal investigator. In
the novel, which is profusely illustrated by Mignola, Hellboy is called
in when an archaeological team searching for the legendary lost army
of Cambyses goes missing.
Dark Horse published the anthology Hellboy:
Odd Jobs in December 1999. The book features short stories by
some of the best horror and mystery writers working today and - as a
bonus - a Hellboy cartoon by the legendary Gahan Wilson! The lineup
includes: Stephen R. Bissette, Poppy Z. Brite, Max Allan Collins,
Nancy A. Collins, Matthew J. Costello, Rick Hautala & Jim Connolly,
Craig Shaw Gardner, Brian Hodge, Nancy Holder, Yvonne Navarro, Philip
Nutman, Greg Rucka, Chet Williamson, and a story by Mike Mignola and
Christopher Golden called "The Nuckelavee." (ISBN: 1569714401)
Hellboy: Odder Jobs was published by Dark Horse in October 2004.
This collection was edited by Christopher Golden and illustrated by creator Mike Mignola.
It includes stories by Frank Darabont, Mick Garris, Guillermo del Toro, Charles de Lint,
Graham Joyce, Kim Newman, Sharyn McCrumb, and more. (ISBN: 1593072260)
Hellboy: The Bones of Giants deals with a fearful tyrant, lightning strikes, and mythology.
When a lightning strike fuses a legendary iron hammer to Hellboy's stone right hand, the occult
investigator becomes joined with the mightiest weapon in all of Norse mythology.
Hellboy: The Lost Army and Hellboy: The Bones of Giants were re-released
in February 2004. (Army ISBN: 0743462823 and Giants ISBN: 0743462831)
Hellboy: The Dragon Pool was released in March 2007. In the upper reaches of the Himalayas, Hellboy's ex-girlfriend,
archaeologist Anastasia Bransfield, believes she has found the location
the legendary "Dragon King Pool" -- thought to be the ancient dwelling
evil dragon who inflicted horrific devastation on the land and its
Every year the villagers would sacrifice a child to placate the beast,
one day an unlikely hero fought the dragon and won, bringing peace and
prosperity to the land. But Anastasia's triumph at her discovery is short-lived. Soon unearthly
creatures are seen lurking around the dig site, someone is sabotaging
excavation with dire results, and the young daughter of one of the dig
leaders goes missing. It looks like a job for Hellboy -- but his
challenge might be putting his past with Anastasia behind him. (ISBN: 141650785X)
Hellboy: Oddest Jobs, another anthology, was released in July 2008. Edited by Christopher Golden, this collection includes Bram Stoker Award winners Joe R. Lansdale and China Mieville plus Barbara Hambly, Ken Bruen, Tad Williams, Amber Benson, and a bevy of other skilled storytellers eager to spin a tale or two about the world's greatest paranormal detective. (ISBN: 1593079443)