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‘The Demon-Hunter’s Silhouette’

April 9, 2011

A washed-out pentacle. The sound of rain.
The fading lines of sorcerer’s tattoos.
A deal with a demon, like as not,
the memories locked off with smoke and booze.

The nerve to cuss out angels, and the wits
to somehow never stay behind the bars;
the devil’s luck – the luck to beat the devil –
the coat, the hair, the accent, and the scars.



This one is dedicated to that breed of bitter, ageing, reluctant crusader it describes. John Constantine, first and foremost, naturally; but also Gabriel van Helsing, and – on my mind this evening because we just watched the movie – Solomon Kane. (Film’s decent: a pseudo-seventeenth-century spin on the same sort of crypto-Christian devil-and-zombie shenanigans Constantine gets up to. Apparently also based on comics, but I know nothing about those.) There’s a certain attitude they all share, which tends to come out in the same visual stylings. Van Helsing and Kane also share a predilection for awesome hats.

This one is also three-quarters of an hour late, but eh.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. April 9, 2011 5:53 am

    Solomon Kane was originally created by Robert E Howard, the same fellow who created Conan the barbarian and Kull the Conqueror. He may have seen some comics, but the root material is all text. Also, I’m deeply annoyed that you’ve managed to see the film; I’ve been trying to see it for over a year, now.

  2. April 9, 2011 1:25 pm

    Ah, cool. Might have to look for some of the original stuff.

    Is it proving that hard to track down the movie? I found the DVD for £4 in a second-hand electronics shop yesterday and picked it up on a whim because the cover shot reminded me of one of J’s RPG characters . . .

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