The Black Crusade

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The Black Crusade
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The Black Crusade first edition cover.
Author Richard Harland
Cover artist Kerri Valkova
Country Australia
Language English
Genre Horror
Publisher Chimaera Publications
Publication date
January 2004
Media type Print (Paperback)
Pages 217 pp (first edition)
ISBN 0-9752143-0-6
Preceded by The Vicar of Morbing Vyle

The Black Crusade is a 2004 horror novel by Richard Harland. It is a prequel to Harland's earlier novel The Vicar of Morbing Vyle. It describes the journey of the hapless Basil Smorta, a multi lingual bank clerk, who is forced into the company of a group of "fundamental Darwinists" by their imprisonment of the object of his undying love, Australian singer, Volusia, in a mobile iron box. The group travel across Eastern Europe during 1894, and encounter ghosts, blood donating vampires and other comic horror curiosities.[1]


The Black Crusade was first published in Australia in January 2004 by Chimaera Publications in trade paperback format.[2][3] It won the 2004 Aurealis Award for best horror novel and the 2004 Golden Aurealis for best novel.[4]


  1. ^ (2005-03-01). "Doctor's fantasy a winner". Illawarra Mercury. IQ Section. Page 37.
  2. ^ "Bibliography: The Black Crusade". ISFDB. Retrieved 2010-01-07. 
  3. ^ "The Black Crusade by Richard Harland". Fantastic Fiction. Retrieved 2010-01-07. 
  4. ^ "aurealis awards, previous years' results" (PDF). Aurealis Awards. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-04-02. Retrieved 2010-01-04. 

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