Daniel Jones keeps bugging me to read some book or another by Joseph Farrell. However, after browsing his blog I see that I don’t need to read Farrell’s book after all since I’ve already seen the movie.
At least, to judge by his blog, Farrell is obviously the ghost screenwriter for Hellboy. It has all the key elements: Russian monks, Nazi technology, freewill v. destiny, &c.
Anyone can see that Hellboy is a thinly-veiled allegory for Farrell’s alternative histories. On second thought, maybe his alternative histories are thinly-veiled allegories for Hellboy. Hard to tell which is which.