Daily Grail meet-up, London 2015

Let me start here by saying that blogging somehow seems like some kind of chore here at the arse-end of 2015. I don’t know exactly when this became the case but it’s not just me; I’ve spoken to a few other people who agree that where they once felt like monthly, weekly, or in some cases daily blogging was just normal, now they struggle to do it at all. No-one calls Twitter micro-blogging any more (if they ever actually did) but that is where I am currently expelling my thoughts, wishes, dreams, and unsolicited opinions 140 characters at a time, pretty much 16 hours a day. That’s almost certainly why I have little appetite for actual blogging these days which, instead of fitting in around (read: “distracting me from”) my proper writing, takes a bit more time and effort. It’s a shame because the nature of Twitter means that things tend to be a bit more throwaway – a blip of information as opposed to a big chunk of it. I should be blogging more, I wish I was, but then I rarely have anything to blog about these days. It’s not like a head off to London and have a big pub meet with loads of Forteans and Landscape Punks and… Oh wait, yes, I did that at the weekend. I’ll tell you about that. Continue reading →

Cthulhu Lives! now available as an audiobook

Years and years ago, inspired in no small way by Brian J. Showers’ wonderful book The Bleeding Horse and Other Ghost Stories, I wrote a little thing which was micro published by the man’s very own Swan River Press. It was supposed to be part of an collection which never quite came together.

Years later, I saw that Ghostwoods Books were looking for Lovecraftian submissions for a new anthology they were putting together. I submitted the same story and, with a few minor edits, it was accepted.

Cthulhu Lives! came out in 2014 and my own, by now several years old, tale On the Banks of the River Jordan was included among the fine tales by the likes of Michael Grey, Greg Stolze, and others.

Now, the book has been released as an audio download read by Leeman Kessler and the always wonderful Alasdair Stuart.

It’s just $8 for seventeen stories plus extras and is available from audio.gwdbooks.com

(Update: Cthulhu Lives! is now also available on Audible, US: UK: )

Storm Warning part six in Judge Dredd Megazine 366

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Storm Warning // The Relic
(Part: 5)

Brit-Cit, 2137 AD. Much like its Mega-City counterpart, Brit-Cit Justice Department has its various departments, from Tek to plainclothes, Tactical to Psi-Division, and one of its more prickly operatives in the latter is Lillian Storm, a psychically powerful Judge with the ability to talk to the dead. Unfortunately, her abilities are just as much a curse as they are a talent…

Get Megazine 366 at all good newsagents and comic shops today, or else pick it up via the 2000 AD website now

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Dynamite’s “Women of Dynamite #1” Bundle on Groupees

For the next 12 days Dynamite are running their first “Women of Dynamite” bundle on groupees.com. The more you pay, the more digital comics you get. The more people buy, the more bonus comics are unlocked.

As well as titles like Red Sonja, Vampirella, and Lady Zorrow there are also quite a few Moore & Reppion books up available.

Pay $5 or more and you’ll find The Complete Alice in Wonderland, Damsels: Giant Killer one-shot, and Swords Of Sorrow: Dejah Thoris Irene Adler #3 in your bundle.

Pay $10 or more and you’ll get the complete 13 issue run of Damsels, and the Legends of Red Sonja collection along side lots and lots of other good stuff.

So, please do check out groupees.com/dynamite4 and we hope you enjoy what you get.

Storm Warning part five in Judge Dredd Megazine 365

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Storm Warning // The Relic
(Part: 5)

Brit-Cit, 2137 AD. Much like its Mega-City counterpart, Brit-Cit Justice Department has its various departments, from Tek to plainclothes, Tactical to Psi-Division, and one of its more prickly operatives in the latter is Lillian Storm, a psychically powerful Judge with the ability to talk to the dead. Unfortunately, her abilities are just as much a curse as they are a talent…

Get Megazine 365 at all good newsagents and comic shops today, or else pick it up via the 2000 AD website now

There’s a little bit of process stuff (which contains some minor spoilers if you’re not up to speed) for you beyond the cut below: the script for Page One, Tom’s inks for the first panel of this instalment (more on his Twitter), and the completed first page with colours by Kirsty Swan and letters by Simon Bowland. Enjoy.

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A Morning in the Life of a Writing Parent

At 5:30 am this morning one of my sons – the eldest by five minutes of our three and a half year old twins – woke me up by shouting from the doorway of his room. He was complaining that he was uncomfortable so, my wife being away, I quickly scooped him out of his room and into her side of the bed where I hugged him back to sleep.

At 7:30 am his twin brother got up and went straight into our eldest’s bedroom where he opened the curtains. “Get out of my room!” were the first words out of the very nearly six year old’s mouth, which meant that I immediately had to try to diffuse an argument (by shouting from my bed) in which each child threatened to throw the other out of a window, down the stairs, etc. Getting up, it became apparent the reason twin one had been so uncomfortable in the early hours was because he had suffered some kind of stomach upset and filled his pull-up (which, thankfully he and his brother still wear at night) with diarrhoea. Some of this had leaked out into my bed. I hadn’t smelled it because I’m suffering from a cold which had blocked my nose and painfully inflated my sinuses. Having cleaned the worst off twin one with wipes, I sent the other two boys downstairs to turn the telly on while I ran a shallow bath for him.

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On Being a Creative Parent.

No I don’t mean Sellotaping your children to skateboards so you can get round ASDA in under four hours.

I mean being Creative, and at the same time, being a Parent, to children, whom you also created. There is a laboured metaphor in there somewhere but you can unpack it yourself. Its beyond me.

When you are a writer, there is a mighty struggle to get yourself sat in the chair in front of the keyboard and actually write the thing. Whether you are a full time, part time, evenings or weekend writer, you will experience Days of Much Writing and days where it is torturous to put fingers to keyboard at all. You may have complex mechanisms in place to try and achieve more Days of Much Writing and less Days of No Writing. You may have a system that just works. You are a writing machine. A Writing Express Train barrelling toward that deadline at supercharged lighting speed! Yay you!

Oh wait, you’re pregnant? Your partner is? Not long to go, just finished the nursery, all excited…wow. Okay. Settle down now. You need to hear this, my writer-soon-to-be-parent.

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Storm Warning part four in Judge Dredd Megazine 364

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Storm Warning // The Relic
(Part: 4)

Brit-Cit, 2137 AD. Much like its Mega-City counterpart, Brit-Cit Justice Department has its various departments, from Tek to plainclothes, Tactical to Psi-Division, and one of its more prickly operatives in the latter is Lillian Storm, a psychically powerful Judge with the ability to talk to the dead. Unfortunately, her abilities are just as much a curse as they are a talent…

Get Megazine 364 at all good newsagents and comic shops today, or else pick it up via the 2000 AD website now

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If you’re on Twitter then you should be following Storm Warning artist Tom Foster (@JumbleCashback) who has been posting his inks for the series as each new Meg comes out. Stuff like this:


This month’s instalment is a bit of a change of pace with a little Aliens and [REC] thrown into the mix. And when will people learn that Judge Storm doesn’t do touching?

Storm Warning part three in Judge Dredd Megazine 363

(Yes, I know it came out a couple of weeks back now but the school Summer Holidays have only just finished and this is pretty much the first time I’ve sat down at my PC properly in  weeks.)

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Storm Warning // The Relic
(Part: 3)

Brit-Cit, 2137 AD. Much like its Mega-City counterpart, Brit-Cit Justice Department has its various departments, from Tek to plainclothes, Tactical to Psi-Division, and one of its more prickly operatives in the latter is Lillian Storm, a psychically powerful Judge with the ability to talk to the dead. Unfortunately, her abilities are just as much a curse as they are a talent…

Get Megazine 363 at all good newsagents and comic shops today, or else pick it up via the 2000 AD website now

Apologies and info dumps

Sorry. No really, sorry.

We’ve really not been keeping on top of posting things here for a while now, and we’re sorry.

Leah’s incredibly busy with Electricomics (and the now impending launch thereof ) and has been for what seems like a very long to now. It’s also the school Summer Holidays which means a host of children to constantly feed, placate, and entertain here at Moore-Reppion Towers.

Anyway, yeah, we’re very busy and we haven’t stayed on top of updating the site. So sorry about that.

What have we missed telling you about?

Megazine 362 with it’s amazing Alex Ronald Storm Warning cover and part 2 of the series

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Storm Warning // The Relic
(Part: 2)

Brit-Cit, 2137 AD. Much like its Mega-City counterpart, Brit-Cit Justice Department has its various departments, from Tek to plainclothes, Tactical to Psi-Division, and one of its more prickly operatives in the latter is Lillian Storm, a psychically powerful Judge with the ability to talk to the dead. Unfortunately, her abilities are just as much a curse as they are a talent…

People seem to be really enjoying the series (and especially Tom’s artwork) which is lovely to hear/read.

Leah was recently a guest on that lovely, talented man Paul Cornell’s podcast chat show The Cornell Collective

Welcome to the Cornell Collective. Paul’s guests are novelist Chuck Wendig, comics writer Leah Moore and YouTube presenter Christel Dee. Together they discuss people who have made them starstruck, being recognised by strangers, how parenthood affects pop culture consumption and how to bluff your way through not having actually watched Breaking Bad.

Leah’s also had a few new Lifetime articles published recently, and she’s off to Mexico next month (9th to the 13th of September) for the Pixelatl Festival (so if you, or anyone you know, are anywhere near Cuernavaca city next month, please check it out).

I think that’s about it but more than likely I’ve forgotten a couple of things yet again.

Sorry.

Swords of Sorrow: Dejah Thoris & Irene Adler 3 (of 3) out now

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The third and final issue of Leah and Francesco Manna’s Swords of Sorrow mini series arrived in shops, both physical and electronical, yesterday.

The streets of London are no place for a woman all on her own. They are, however just fine for a woman wielding a Sword. Dejah Thoris is used to London’s dirt, and its rain, but she is growing tired of its people. She and Irene Adler must surely band together to find the Banth and get Thoris back to Barsoom, but to do that, one of them would first have to back down…

There’s a five page preview at CBR if you’d like to check it out. Also, some very nice reviews.

Writing as a duo, as we have for more than a decade now, it’s really interesting for me to see something Leah wrote without my input. The series has come out so great – so much like what we do together and yet somehow just a little different – and I’ve really, really enjoyed reading it.

Daily Grail Strange & Norrell articles: V – The Raven King

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My fifth and final Strange & Norrell piece for the Daily Grail is now online. It’s called The Raven King.

I’ve really enjoyed writing the S&N pieces (almost as much as I’ve enjoyed the genuinely wonderful TV series) and probably could have gone on and on but thought it best to quit before people got too bored. Thanks for all the lovely things people have been saying about the articles. I hope I can do something similar again in the future.

John on the Strange and Norrell podcast Lost-Hope

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The finale of Peter Harness’ brilliant TV adaptation of Susanna Clarke’s master-work Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell aired on BBC One last night and if you missed it then you should catch up as soon as you possibly can (if you’re in the US you’re lucky enough to still have a few episodes to go).

I spoke to @fittentrim at Lost-Hope: A Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell podcast about my own love of the book and TV series, and about my Daily Grail articles on the folklore and history behind the story.

Daily Grail Strange & Norrell articles: III – Away with the Fairies

jonathan-strangeSusanna Clarke’s 2004 historical fantasy novel Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell has been adapted into a seven part television series by Peter Harness, currently airing on BBC One and BBC America.
My third article for the Daily Grail on the history and folklore Strange & Norrell draws upon is entitled Away with the Fairies and is free to read now.

Daily Grail Strange & Norrell articles: II – On Fairies and Witchcraft

jonathan-strangeSusanna Clarke’s 2004 historical fantasy novel Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell has been adapted into a seven part television series currently airing on the BBC (beginning on BBC America June 14th). I’m plucking out some of the more easily disentangled fragments of folklore, magic, and the like from the book (and the show) and taking a closer look at them for The Daily Grail.

My second Strange & Norrell piece On Fairies and Witchcraft is free to read online now, and contains no (or only extremely minimal) spoilers.

 

Interview on the 2000 AD Thrillcast

Our new series Storm Warning starts in next week’s Judge Dredd Megazine. We chatted with PR Droid Molch-R about it for the 2000 AD Thrillcast.