Steven Erikson: Crack'd Pot Trail

This book is fun - at least if you love darkest black humour. And it is very clever. Haven't you ever wished to punish the real bad artists you have to see daily on TV? Steven Erikson seems to have found his purification: the singer and teller on the trail through the desert have to be good - or they are eaten.

  • Cover & Signature Page: Dirk Berger

  • Publisher: PS Publishing

  • Publication Date: 2009

  • Editions: 300 Traycased Hardcovers signed by Steven Erikson / 700 Jacketed Hardcovers

I wanted to show many of the protagonists in the wraparound - and so it was fun to imagine each one of them.

It is an undeniable truth: give evil a name and everyone's happy. Give it two names and . . . why, they're even happier.

he intrepid necromancers Bauchelain and Korbal Broach, scourges of civilisation, raisers of the dead, reapers of the souls of the living, devourers of hope, betrayers of faith, slayers of the innocent and modest personifications of evil, have a lot to answer for and answer they will. Known as the Nehemoth, they are pursued by countless self-professed defenders of decency, sanity and civilization. After all, since when does evil thrive unchallenged? Well often not this time.

Hot on their heels are the Nehemoth-anai, avowed hunters of Bauchelain and Korbal Broach. In the company of a gaggle of artists and pilgrims, stalwart Mortal Sword Tulgord Vise, pious Well Knight Arpo Relent, stern Huntsman Steck Marynd, and three of the redoubtable Chanter brothers (and their lone sister) find themselves faced with the cruelest of choices. The legendary Crack'd Pot Trail, a stretch of harsh wasteland between the Gates of Nowhere and the Shrine of the Indifferent God, has become a tortured path of deprivation.

Will honour, moral probity and virtue prove champions in the face of brutal necessity? No, of course not. Don't be silly.

Unfortunately the final cover was printed much too dark so some things are not visible anymore. Sometimes you win...

Old Man (front) bad artist (back)
The famous Artist
Brothers & Sister
The Knights

The tree on the front cover was reused on the signature page, three colour plates were added.

She was out, upon the high ridge overlooking the camp...
We set out...leaving in our wake Nifty Gum’s corpse...
Fifty or more reaches out on the river, a large, flat-decked thing...
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