Charles Dickens’ The Signalman adapted by Jason Cobley and David Hitchcock

David Hitchcock is quite simply an amazing artist. Leah and I have worked with Dave a few times on UK small press things and have been trying for years to get a larger project sorted with him. We’re still trying, and very much hoping that 2018 will be the year it finally happens.

A while back he and writer Jason Cobley worked together on a GN adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic ghost story The Signalman.

If you enjoyed Vol 1 of our our M. R. James adaptations then this is going to be a book you need to get hold of.

The Signalman is £7 including P&P to the UK, £14 elsewhere. To order your copies from Dave PayPal funds to black_boar1 [at] yahoo [dot] com, or contact Jason via his website.

Craft Comic Fest in Liverpool at the end of the month

Craft Taproom is a new Liverpool bar owned and run by Merrick: The Sensational Elephant Man writer, Tom Ward, and Wart writer Chris Welsh. So, of course, they’re putting on a mini comic con.

On Saturday the 29th of April, between 11am and 4pm, there’ll be a gang of comics folk hanging out in a bar. What could possibly go wrong?

Full details on the Facebook event page.

Damsels Vol 1 out now

Once upon a time, the princesses of classic fairy tales banded together to save their kingdoms from war! Rapa, a redheaded girl with a fiery spirit and lost memories, discovers a conspiracy that threatens the peace among all the mythical creatures of the land. Joined by the Little Mermaid, the Frog Prince, and Red Riding Hood, Rapa journeys through fabled forests and legendary realms on a quest to foil the scheme! Who has stolen the identities of beloved heroines Rapunzel, Belle, and Talia, and plots to destroy all the Faerie races?

Damsels Vol 1 collects issues 1-8 of our gender-flipped Fairy Tale action fantasy series, originally published in 2012/13.

Read the first issue online for free on

Gazelle Amber Valentine interviewed about Spirits of Place

Gazelle Amber Valentine of Jucifer Live by Hillarie Jason

Gazelle Amber Valentine is one half of sludge / doom / death metal two piece Jucifer, formed in Georgia, USA in 1993. For more than seventeen years Gazelle and her bandmate (and husband), drummer Edgar Livengood, have adopted a nomadic lifestyle. The pair live, tour, rehearse, and sometimes even record in their Winnebago, towing the literal wall of amplification Valentine utilises on stage in a trailer behind them. The duo describe this life as an endless tour, and they can easily find themselves playing live shows in twenty or more countries in a single year.

Jucifer’s music can be (and usually is) harsh, aggressive, and loud, but its subject matter and lyrical content are not necessarily what people might expect. 2008’s L’Autrichienne was a concept album based around the French Revolution accompanied by extensive historical notes, while 2013’s За Волгой для нас земли нет (“There is no land beyond The Volga”) dealt with the Soviet Union and WWII. Equally though, there is a strong sense of Americana embedded in much of Jucifer’s music and lyrics; dark folk sounds and sensibilities; finger-picked banjo and violin strings, and dissonant, melancholic melodies. Nowhere is this side of their work more apparent than in Gazelle’s solo album Devil’s Tower I, released in 2013.

All of this – the nomadic life, the artistry, the power and intelligence of her writing – made Gazelle Amber Valentine someone I was very keen to approach as a contributor to Spirits of Place. Her essay, entitled “I Have Trod Such Haunted Land”, ended up being the first in the book and remains one of my favourites. Even though her internet connection can be intermittent as she and Edgar continue their never ending tour, Gazelle was kind enough to answer a few questions for me about the book and her contribution to it.

Read the interview at

Haunted Futures available for pre-order

Ghostwoods Books’ Haunted Futures, featuring Warren Ellis, Tricia Sullivan, Jeff Noon, Liesel Schwarz, Felicity Shoulders, SL Huang, and me, is coming in May.

The book is now available for pre-order via:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • foyle’s