The first volume of our adaptation of M. R. James’ classic Ghost Story collection is now available to pre-order via Amazon and Amazon UK. The book will be out in October, just in time for Halloween.
Curl up by the fire and enter the sinister, supernatural world of Montague Rhodes James (1862 1936), the master of the English ghost story. Chillingly atmospheric, quietly terrifying, M. R. James s stories explore the darkness just beyond the flicker of the candle, behind the creaking door. “Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, Vol. 1” comprises graphic adaptations of four of James s most compelling and unsettling stories, plunging readers into a world of pervasive, creeping disquiet a world populated by vengeful phantoms, disturbing visions, and spectral works of art. Published on the 80th anniversary of James s death, this is a graphic novel to be read on a winter s night, a book to curl up with but not a book for the faint-hearted.
Ghost Stories gives a new lease of life to some of James’s best-known works: “Canon Alberic’s Scrap-book” (illus. Aneke), “Lost Hearts” (illus. Kit Buss), “The Mezzotint” (illus. Fouad Mezher) and “The Ash-tree” (illus. Alisdair Wood). Vanishing children, spectral works of art, vengeance from beyond the grave: these tales have it all.
Seeing as it’s Halloween, Joe Gordon at Forbidden Planet very kindly gave us the opportunity to talk a bit about the supernatural goings on in Sherlock Holmes – The Liverpool Demon, the collected edition of which is due out in the second week of November.
The fifth and final instalment of our second Dynamite Entertainment Sherlock Holmes series – The Liverpool Demon went on sale today.
We actually began work on the book back in late 2009, not long after The Trial of Sherlock Holmes collected edition came out. I know this because I’m currently going through our notes for the series as I work on some extras for the back of the trade (which will be out in 2014).
It was a genuine pleasure to work with Matt Triano whose ink spattered art brought the grimy Victorian streets of Liverpool to life, and we hope to be able to work with him again. Brennan Wagner did a fantastic job on the colouring, giving us a dirty gas-lit world where blood runs deep Hammer Horror red. Simon Bowland did his usual stand-up job of keeping things legible and remains our favourite letterer in the business. Of course, we have to give special mention to Mr. Francesco Francavilla whose covers are some of the (if not the) best we’ve ever been lucky enough to have on a book.
We really enjoyed writing the series, and we hope you enjoyed reading it. If you did then please let others know about it – tweet, blog, Tumblr, go on forums, maybe even go so far as to speak to people in real life, face to face, and say something like “Have you read that Sherlock Holmes – The Liverpool Demon? It’s good!“. In short, please help to spread the word because without you, the reader, buying and enjoying the books we wouldn’t get to write them. We’d love to write more Sherlock adventures in the future and only you can make that happen.
The fourth issue (of five) of Sherlock Holmes – The Liverpool Demonis subtitled The Labyrinth and just happens to be coming out on the first of May – the same date that Liverpool’s burrowing philanthropist Joseph Williamson passed away 173 years ago. Make of that what you will.
Drummond, now on the run, seeks shelter in Hitchcock’s Menagerie, but how long will it be before Inspector Thornton tracks him down? The final piece of the puzzle falls into place for Holmes as he and Watson return to the scene of Tom Christian’s murder. Yet the route they take is far from straight and perhaps more dangerous than even the Great Detective could imagine.
At William Brown Museum, Holmes and Watson examine the clawed remains of curator Christopher Connor and find themselves on the trail of a mysterious missing object.
Inspector Thornton has to deal with the bloody aftermath of crime lord Drummond’s somewhat unorthodox approach to dog fighting, while down at the docks a visit is paid to a vessel by the name of Matilda Briggs.
This creative team is presenting this tale as intelligently as conceivably possible, with gorgeously profound art and captivating aims. – The Lottery Party
Overall, The Liverpool Demon continues to be a very good Sherlock Holmes read. Longtime fans can enjoy another good story with a new take on the title character while whole new readers can read what could be their first Homles story. – Unleash the Fanboy
We’re currently in the midst of a long-running Sherlock Holmes media explosion, from the Guy Ritchie films starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law, to the hit BBC series SHERLOCK, and the American approach ELEMENTARY, however comics have plenty to add to the Holmes mythology, and Leah Moore and John Reppion are poised to release a new arc of their series SHERLOCK HOLMES this Wednesday, December 12, with “The Liverpool Demon” #1 from Dynamite Entertainment. The comics medium may even prove to be a more satisfying approach to the great detective, with its ability to conjure mood, give detailed characterization, and draw on the literary traditions established by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Sherlock Holmes is busy doing what he does best, solving a case of far-reaching international notoriety. It has landed him at the Port of Liverpool, a bustling hub of commerce both legitimate and illicit. As that chapter closes, ours begins. They head to Lime Street Station, to catch a fast steam locomotive home to London and Baker Street, when violent weather keeps The Great Detective and Watson in Britain’s second city a while longer. Long enough to encounter a monster, discover the Liverpool underworld, and to become embroiled in one of his strangest cases yet.
For the majority of Sherlock Holmes’ life, it’s been… elementary. In the world of Holmes, logic always beats the supernatural. However, in Dynamite Entertainment’s latest series with the great detective, that maxim is turned on its ear thanks to returning writers Leah Moore and John Reppion. After kicking off the Dynamite take on the character, the pair are back this December with new artist Matt Triano for “Sherlock Holmes: The Liverpool Demon,” featuring covers by Francesco Francavilla.
In the five issue miniseries, Holmes and Dr. John Watson are expecting some downtime after a trying case, but when that mystery’s end leaves them in England’s “Second City” of Liverpool, they discover a supernatural threat that may be more than even the great Sherlock can understand. CBR News spoke with Moore and Reppion about their return to the Victorian era, as they described their attraction to Arthur Conan Doyle’s immortal creation, how things that go bump in the night work better than one might expect in the context of “Holmes” and why Liverpool is the perfect setting for a down and dirty murder.
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In this edition, Leah Moore and John Reppion, the writers behind Dynamite Entertainment’s Sherlock Holmes: The Liverpool Demon#1 (OCT120980, $3.99), explain their interpretation of the iconic Sherlock Holmes.
Sherlock Holmes is a man who really needs no introduction. The Great Detective has been with us now for 125 years (Well, 158 if we’re counting from his birth date, rather than the first time his adventures appeared in Strand Magazine). In that time, despite innumerable reboots, reimaginings, pastiches, and satires, Holmes has somehow managed to retain his character and reputation well enough for his work as a Consulting Detective to still be taken very seriously indeed.
In its “Active Sherlockian Societies” section, Leslie S. Klinger’s invaluable New Annotated Sherlock Holmes lists over three hundred such associations. Right now in 2012 we have Holmes films, Holmes television shows, Holmes games, but also the original stories available to download and read, instantly at the touch of button. Why is it then, that two centuries later we remain collectively fascinated by the incredible abductive and deductive reasoning of this hawkish, eccentric logician?
“You know a conjurer gets no credit when once he has explained his trick; and if I show you too much of my method of working, you will come to the conclusion that I am a very ordinary individual after all.” (Sherlock Holmes in A Study in Scarlett, 1887, part one, chapter three)
With our first Holmes series for Dynamite (The Trial of Sherlock Holmes, 2009) we took a big chance and threw ourselves in at the deep end. We worked incredibly hard to deliver a Holmsian tale which ticked as many boxes on the Sherlock fans’ wish-list as possible: London setting (check), Queen Victoria (check), LeStrade (check), Mycroft (check), Moriarty (check), visiting foreign dignitary (check). We delivered a twisty-turny conspiracy thriller which, to our great delight, was incredibly well received. This was in no small part due to our wonderful newbie artist Aaron Campbell of course, who is now quite rightly very sought after and very, very busy.
We did not, however, tick all of the boxes. How could we? The list is a very, very long one. So, with Sherlock Holmes – The Liverpool Demon we have skipped over to a different column of the list; the one headed Gothic Mystery. If The Trial shared certain characteristics with Conan Doyle’s A Study in Scarlett then Liverpool Demon might be thought of as being more closely related to The Hound of the Baskervilles, or The Sussex Vampire. It’s a tale that brings a touch of the supernatural into the rational, logical world of Holmes and the ever present and ever dependable Doctor Watson.
At the opening of the series we find the detective duo in the grim northern port city of Liverpool on the trail of a killer. But, as one case closes and Holmes prepares himself for his usual post-mystery slump, peculiar events begin to unfold. Events such as the sudden appearance of a body in a locked church, and the sighting of a strange creature amongst the rooftops of Liverpool.
Why Liverpool? Well, for us it’s our home turf but it’s also a city with a rich history, fascinating folklore, and which was second only to London in the Victorian age in terms of trade and commerce. In short, it’s the ideal place to put Holmes and Watson just that bit out of their usual comfort zone of old London, or nearby Sothern country estates. It’s a dirty, grimy, overcrowded, dangerous place where gangs roam the streets and the police are at war with an army of criminals.
Artist Matt Triano does a truly fantastic job of bringing the Victorian characters and streets of Liverpool to life. Just like his predecessor Mr. Campbell, we have little doubt that Mr. Triano will, following the publication of this series, be so greatly in demand that we will have great difficulty in securing his services for future projects. But we will definitely try!
The magnificently pulpy cover by Eisner winner Francesco Francavilla is the icing on the cake for this, one of the strangest cases from the casebook of the world’s greatest detective: Sherlock Holmes.
Leah Moore and John Reppion return to Sherlock Holmes after their acclaimed Sherlock Holmes: The Trial of Sherlock Holmes series. Sherlock Holmes: The Liverpool Demon features dynamic pencils from Matt Triano and a fantastic cover by the winner of the 2012 Eisner-Award for Best Cover Artist, Francesco Francavilla!
In Sherlock Holmes: The Liverpool Demon #1, Sherlock Holmes is busy doing what he does best, solving a case of far-reaching international notoriety. It has landed him at the Port of Liverpool, a bustling hub of commerce both legitimate and illicit. As that chapter closes, ours begins. They head to Lime Street Station, to catch a fast steam locomotive home to London and Baker Street, when violent weather keeps The Great Detective and Watson in Britain’s second city a while longer. Long enough to encounter a monster, discover the Liverpool underworld, and to become embroiled in one of his strangest cases yet.
“The year is 1888: the Great Detective and the ever dependable Dr. Watson find themselves in the bleak northern port city of Liverpool from whose still bustling docklands grim slave vessels once sailed,” says writers Leah Moore and John Reppion. “Violent gangs roam the streets and the city’s struggling police force are fighting a war against an all pervading criminal underworld. A strange creature is sighted high among the rooftops and soon dead bodies bearing strange wounds begin to mysteriously appear. Only Sherlock Holmes can cut to the heart of the mystery and expose the truth behind the spectre of The Liverpool Demon.”
“Moore and Reppion craft a sober, literate mystery in which historical drama and legend are seamlessly interwoven,” adds artist Matt Triano. ”The Liverpool Demon is whimsical and horrific, an absolute pleasure.”
“We’ve been waiting to release this one for a bit and had to find the right artist to do justice to John and Leah’s work,” states Dynamite Editor Joe Rybandt. “They’ve put a tremendous amount of work into each and every Holmes series, culminating with the Liverpool Demon, enjoy!”
“Sherlock Holmes: The Trial of Sherlock Holmes is one of Dynamite’s most acclaimed series,” adds Dynamite President Nick Barrucci. “It is a pleasure to have Leah and John back aboard for more mystery and intrigue with Sherlock Holmes: The Liverpool Demon!”