Spirits of Place out now

Cover by Pye Parr

“What’s next for Spirits of Place?” is a question that was asked a lot after the event of the same name took place back in April. Now, at last, that question can be answered. Next comes Spirits of Place the book (formerly AKA #projectLOCI).

Published by Daily Grail Publishing, Spirits of Place is available NOW in various formats:

Stories are embedded in the world around us; in metal, in brick, in concrete, and in wood. In the very earth beneath our feet. Our history surrounds us and the tales we tell, true or otherwise, are always rooted in what has gone before. The spirits of place are the echoes of people, of events, of ideas which have become imprinted upon a location, for better or for worse. They are the genii loci of classical Roman religion, the disquieting atmosphere of a former battlefield, the comfort and familiarity of a childhood home.

Twelve authors take us on a journey; a tour of places where they themselves have encountered, and consulted with, these Spirits of Place.

Those twelve authors are:

Bryndís BjörgvinsdóttirVajra ChandrasekeraMaria J. Pérez CuervoWarren EllisAlan MooreSilvia Moreno-GarciaKristine Ong MuslimDr. Joanne Parker Mark PesceIain SinclairGazelle Amber ValentineDamien Williams.

The book is edited, curated, and introduced by me, John Reppion.

#projectLOCI – coming very soon

image by Pye Parr

#projectLOCI is something myself and Greg Taylor at Daily Grail have been working on for seven months now.

It’s a collection of writings by twelve incredible authors: Bryndís BjörgvinsdóttirVajra ChandrasekeraMaria J. Pérez CuervoWarren EllisAlan MooreSilvia Moreno-GarciaKristine Ong MuslimDr. Joanne Parker Mark PesceIain SinclairGazelle Amber ValentineDamien Williams.

It’s edited, curated, and introduced by me.

It’s a book about place and our relationship to it; how ideas and stories and events become embedded into locations. And how people interact with those places; how they change the way we look at and think about ourselves and others.

Pye Parr has done us an amazing cover, which you can see a fraction of above. More of that, and the book’s actual title, will be revealed in the next fortnight or so when it goes on sale.

Keep an eye out here, and on dailygrail.com, and prepare to get very excited.

Darklore Volume 9 out now

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The latest volume of Darklore is out, featuring my collected Strange & Norrell inspired articles (amongst lots of other wonderful stuff).

Paperback

Limited Edition Hardcover

 

The latest release has themes of magic and mysticism running through it, with essays from regulars including Mike Jay and Robert Schoch, as well as a conspicuous newcomer to our pages: the great Alan Moore!

We have a theme of magic and mysticism running through Darklore 9: Blair MacKenzie Blake surveys and reinterprets the infamous grimoires of centuries past; Alan Moore asks if magic is in any way relevant to the modern world, advocating a scorched earth approach and new beginnings; John Reppion uses a fictional work to illustrate the origins and practice of various magical traditions; and Cat Vincent looks at the origins and practice of various magical traditions and shows how many of them come from fictional works.

No Darklore release focuses on just one topic though. And so, along with the magical core of Volume 9, we have a number of fascinating articles on other topics of interest: Mike Jay reviews the ‘hidden history’ of the 19th century Club des Hachischins; Adam Gorightly looks at the amazing, controversial life of Kerry Thornley, co-creator of Discordianism and one-time JFK assassination suspect; Robert Schoch takes us beyond the Hollywood version of the werewolf to better understand the origins of this archetypal monster; Paul Devereux introduces us to the shamanic plants of the Americas; and Greg Taylor finds that the history of research into meteorites offers a valuable lesson to science on the value of listening to eye-witness reports.

We’ll be publishing some sample articles at the Darklore website in the coming weeks.

Thought Bubble comic con this weekend

 

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500 things. Signed by Alan Moore. Available only at Thought Bubble this weekend. Interested? Read on.

Leah and I will be at Britain’s bestest comic con – Thought Bubble in Leeds – this coming weekend as part of team Electricomics. Here are the full details of where and when to find us:

We’ll be signing 15:00 until 16:30 Sat and Sun in the Royal Armouries Hall, tables 23 and 24. [map]

Exhibiting all weekend in New Dock Hall, table 22 as part of the Electricomics team. [map]

Electricomics: Bright Sparks panel Sat, Royal Armouries Newsroom (4th Floor), 13:30 – 14:20 (free entry with Saturday/Weekend convention pass, all ages)

The Electricomics team shed light on the genesis and aims of their ambitious project, which aims to bring a new and completely self-contained Ecosystem to the world of digital comics.

Mitch Jenkins will talk about ‘The Show’, the dark film project from he and Alan Moore that spawned Electricomics, and bring a message from the man behind the curtain himself. We’ll get a rundown on Digital Comics thus far from Daniel Merlin Goodbrey, and then Pete Hogan, Leah Moore and John Reppion will unburden themselves on storytelling with digital in mind.

With speakers Mitch Jenkins (Director – Orphans of the Storm), Daniel Merlin Goodbrey (Senior lecturer in Interaction Design at The University of Hertfordshire), Leah Moore (Editor/Writer), John Reppion (Writer), and Pete Hogan (Writer).

We’ll also be at the mid con party on Saturday night and I promise to try not to fall asleep this year.*

Please, please, please come over and say hello, ask us questions, make us sign things, and buy stuff.

Cheers

*depends on how much sleep my kids let me have the night before.

Bookmarks 6th June 2014

This is pretty much an info/link dump I’m afraid, but if you’re looking at this site it’s all stuff you should find interesting. Apologies if you’ve already seen all this via Twitter but I suppose that’s the way things go these days.

Alan Moore discusses ELECTRICOMICS in the Guardian

 

Dinosaurs and Dragon Bones – a new article by John on Daily Grail

 

How to feed the 5000 and still have money for other stuff – a new piece by Leah on Lifetime UK

 

John interviews heavy instrumental duo Khuda for the Sleeping Shaman

 

John reviews Khuda’s ‘Molasses Constricts The Clinostat’ for the Sleeping Shaman

 

Enjoy your weekend!