Boogeyman Resurfaces in “The Stuff of Legend” by Mike Raicht, Brian Smith

Do you remember times when, as a kid, you would be in bed and in the dead of night you would look up to see something in your room that made your heart pound in fright? I was not a fearful child, but a couple of times I did find myself cringing in the dark from a perceived monster, which usually turned out to be clothes harmlessly hanging in the doorway of my closet. In The Stuff of Legend, Book 1: The Dark, such an event turned out to be not quite so harmless when a little boy is snatched by the boogeyman and carried off into the dark. But the story in this graphic novel is not about the boy — it’s about the toys that stage a rescue.

Enter the Colonel, who leads an intrepid band of compatriots comprising an Indian princess, a bear, a pig, a jester, a duck and a ballerina into the realm of the Dark. There, in the face of betrayal, death and hardship, they face the boogeyman and his army of forgotten, lost, now-evil toys.

Illustrator: C.P. Wilson III

Be forewarned, this is not a child’s book. The dark yet masterful illustrations created by Charles Paul Wilson III (see his boogeyman at the left, click on the image to see his website) would probably give the little ones nightmares, but I believe many older teens and adults would appreciate the artist’s skill as well as the positive themes of the story written by Mike Raicht and Brian Smith. I agree with the publisher when it says, “The Stuff of Legend is a haunting and ultimately redemptive tale of loyalty, camaraderie, and perseverance.”

When the book was first released in 2009, it quickly sold out and a second printing was immediately ordered. Since then several subsequent editions in the series have been released. For more info on the series, click here to visit Th3rd World Studios.

Just in time for Halloween, I’d like to pass along to you a copy of the trade paperback version graciously given to me by Del Rey. To enter, email me before November 3 at contests@(no-spam) (Before you press “send,” make sure to remove (no-spam) from the email address.) Make sure to include your snail mail address in your email. I only ship to the U.S. or Canada, so please keep that in mind when you enter. Multiple entries will be disqualified.

You can connect with the creators of The Stuff of Legend at:

Mike Raicht, Twitter:
Brian Smith, Twitter:

Illustrator Charles Paul Wilson III is on on Twitter at: You can see some of his other artwork at:

You can order a copy of the book by clicking here on my affiliate links:
The Stuff of Legend, Book 1: The Dark (Amazon)
Barnes & Noble

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