Illustrated by Yoshitaka Amano.
D has crossed over the southern border, into the domain of the cruelest and most evil of the royalty, General Gaskell. On the way, he picks up a "victim" - one of the few survivors in the villages - and makes way with her and the Deliverers. Along the way, he is attacked by the Drowned, and fights many more unspeakably horrible enemies. All of this suggests that Gaskell - who was supposed to have been put to death under the light of the sun - is still very much alive. But why?
Hideyuki Kikuchi (born 1949) is a Japanese author famous for his horror novels. His most famous works including the Vampire Hunter D series, Darkside Blues and Wicked City. He has been compared to both Stephen King and H. P. Lovecraft.
Hideyuki Kikuchi. Wikipedia.