The Twins’ Little Book of Death by Kevin McHugh and Bob Kerrigan is a great little book to read at this time of the year. It’s a perfect Halloween gift, if there is a thing like a Halloween gift, I don’t know, as I am not a Halloween person. But it’s also a perfect gift throughout the year – as long as you know well enough the person to whom you are going to give it!
What are the causes that make people to buy a certain book? If you buy it for yourself the obvious reason is that you find it interesting and want to study it more. Or you find it beautiful and want to own it as an object (and hopefully enjoy the content as well). I guess that the latter one was the eventual reason why I bought it. I fell in love with the colours, when I saw first time pictures of it! Red, white and black. Nothing else. Perfect. Well, I have to say that I was familiar with Kevin McHugh’s art, so I did not quite buy a pig in a poke.
So, what is it then all about? It’s best put on the back cover of the book:
The collected reflections on the myriad ways to shuffle off this mortal coil by enigmatic observers, the Twins. Enough to raise a smile, even before rictus sets in.
As you can assume, this book is definitely not for children. And not for those adults, who think that death is something you cannot make jokes of. The strange thing with this book is that even though it’s all about death and about quite macabre deaths, it’s somehow quite endearing. I guess it’s because of the style of Kevin McHugh’s illustrations.
I have learnt that making this book has been in the mind of the authors for much over a decade. Glad that they finally got it done. It is a product of two friends from the Enniskillen (gloomy) music and art circles, Kevin McHugh and Bob Kerrigan. All the illustrations are made by Kevin and the poems are written by Kevin and Bob together. I would love to share some of my favourite lines here, but I don’t want to spoil the joy of reading them by yourself. But here is anyway one sample and it happens to be one of my favourite ones (please click the image to enlarge it, unless you have an eyesight of an eagle):
This hardcover, A5 size book is absolutely beautiful with pages printed on glossy, thick paper. If you became interested in the book, you can order it by clicking this.
Review © Katriina Etholén
Kevin McHugh and Bob Kerrigan: The Twins’ Little Book of Death
Published by House on Hollow Hill, 2020