Book Review: The Doomster’s Monolithic Pocket Alphabet HC

Title: The Doomster’s Monolithic Pocket Alphabet HC
Publisher: Image
Words: Theo Prasidis
Art: Maarten Donders
Publication Date: November 22nd, 2017
Publisher’s Summary: “Bongs, goats, amps, and a lot of naked nuns! In five decades of wretched existence, doom metal has evolved into a vast orchard of unearthly delights. Explore its unholy rites with THE DOOMSTER’S MONOLITHIC POCKET ALPHABET, the definitive illustrated lexicon of all things doom. Or be doomed!”

In The Doomster’s Monolithic Pocket Alphabet HC, Theo Prasidis’ writing is clever, sharp, and filled with wit. With parts like “I is for Iommi,” and “L is for Lovecraft,” Prasidis offers readers a brief overview of all things Doom while also paying the ‘genre’ respect. Light on quantity and heavy on quality, this book is an uber-easy read, and because of that, makes for a great gift for those that are more interested in riffing than reading.


Maarten Donders’ illustrations are simple yet incredibly expressive throughout this book, and more times than not, offer readers reason to return for a second or third look. I especially like Donders’ illustrations for “E is for Epic,” “I is for Iommi,” “N is for Nuns,” “V is for Vinyl,” and “X is for Xanax.” All of Donders’ thick-lined illustrations are damn good, but those few are by far my favorite.

The Bottom Line:

The Doomster’s Monolithic Pocket Alphabet HC is an excellent gift for the Doomster in your life as this ode to all things Doom delights from page to page with Doom-centric content. The writing is clever, and the illustrations are fantastic. Give this one a read.