Sherlock Holmes - The Liverpool Demon TPB
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
The legendary detective Sherlock Holmes and his trusted associate Dr. Watson investigate one of the strangest cases in their career! With mauled bodies appearing on the streets of Liverpool, rumours circulate that the culprit might be an inhuman monster known as Spring Heeled Jack. Determined to solve the case and debunk the city's superstitions, Holmes delves into the criminal underworld, piecing together an intricate and deadly puzzle. What have crime lord Mr. Drummond, a vicious dogfighting ring, and a museum's Aboriginal artefact exhibit to do with the Liverpool demon's rampage? Meanwhile, Dr. Watson witnesses the creature with his own eyes, and sets out alone in pursuit. Will Holmes be able to save his dear friend from the subterranean perils beneath Liverpool?
Unleash the Demon: Sherlock Holmes – The Liverpool Demon Director’s Commentary on the Forbidden Planet Blog
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.
Read all about it at forbiddenplanet.co.uk/blog
Fearing the worst, Holmes searches frantically for his companion in the vast, uncharted labyrinth beneath the city’s streets.
Meanwhile, at Hitchcock’s Menagerie, Inspector Thornton discovers to his horror that it’s feeding time…
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).
One thing I won’t be able to do in those extras is to link directly to some of the bits of Liverpool History and folklore featured in the series which you might not have realised were (sort of) true. Things like Springheeled Jack being sighted in the city in 1888, the alarming rate of animal escapes from Liverpool’s many zoos, and Joseph Williamson’s mysterious subterranean labyrinth (and, if you got a steel toe-capped kick out of Drummond and his lads’ bloody antics, you might also enjoy The Gangs of Liverpool: From the Cornermen to the High Rip – The Mobs That Terrorised a City).
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.
Sherlock Holmes - The LIverpool Demon #3
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
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.
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.
September 18th, 2012, Mt. Laurel, NJ –
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!”
For the last couple of months I’ve been writing a (semi) regular posts over at Yo Liverpool about weird history, forteana, folklore and other fun stuff related to Liverpool and Merseyside.
At present I’m only managing a couple of posts per month and, to be honest, that’s probably how it will stay for the foreseeable future but hopefully that will be enough to keep you coming back.
In 1639 at 15:15 on Sunday the 24th of November (4th of December according to the modern, Gregorian calendar) a Toxteth man by the name of Jeremiah Horrocks was one of only two people on the surface of this Earth to witness and understand the transit of Venus across the sun’s surface.
Horrocks’ observations allowed him to make a well-informed guess as to the size of Venus, as well as to make an estimate of the distance between the Earth and the Sun. While not perfect, Horrocks’ figures proved to be by far the most accurate up to that date. Horrocks was the first to demonstrate that the Moon moved in an elliptical path around the Earth. He wrote a treatise on Keplerian astronomy and studied the properties of the force that became known as gravity; Isaac Newton in the Principia acknowledged Horrocks’ work in relation to his theory of the Moon.
At the intersection of Island Road and Horrocks Avenue in Garston, Liverpool stands a monument to Horrocks – a mosaic artwork entitled “His Mortal Eyes to Scan the Furthest Heavens” – named after a line from one of the astronomer’s own poems.
Heading northwards one finds oneself on Mather Avenue – a thoroughfare named after Horrocks’ old puritan schoolmaster, Richard Mather. Mather was the first minister of Toxteth Unitarian Chapel, erected in 1618 by the local puritans and still standing today on the corner of Park Road and Dingle Lane. Mather eventually emigrated to Boston, Massachusetts in North America. Mather’s son Increase Mather and grandson Cotton Mather later became known for their involvement in the infamous Salem Witch Trials of the 1690s.
Horrox’s body was laid to rest in the Ancient Chapel of Toxteth in 1641; he died in his native Toxteth having returned to the area only one year previously. A plaque dedicated to his memory hangs on the chapel wall, each of its four corners decorated with a five pointed star.
This evening at 22:09 UTC (GMT) Venus will once again pass before the sun and will not do so again until December 2117. You should use all the wonderful 21st century tools you have at your disposal, and take for granted every day, to witness it.
“Thy return Posterity shall witness. Years must roll away, but then at length the splendid sight again shall greet our distant children’s eyes”
- Jeremiah Horrocks
Every issue of Dark Lore is eagerly anticipated, and the sixth is no disappointment. The twelve essays cover a huge range of the paranormal, the anomalous, and just simply the weird, and all are written with authority.
As a Liverpudlian I was delighted to read John Reppion’s well-researched account of the history and legend of Liverpool’s Calderstones, a group of Neolithic stones, marked with spiral patterns, whose origin is obscure but which seem to have been moved around various sites in a small area, currently being securely hidden away in a conservatory in their eponymous park. They represent a remarkable prehistoric anomaly amongst the modern suburbs of south Liverpool.
Our workroom clearance sale continues with an unexpected find: the last few copies of the limited edition (only 150 printed) short horror pamphlet On the Banks of the River Jordan.
In an appropriate time and place, reading On the Banks of the River Jordan can make one question their own security in a world filled with the spectres of bygone horrors, just like other great weird stories incorporating history do.
– Grim Blogger, May 2010
I’ve also found a few copies of 800 Years of Haunted Liverpool.
800 Years of Haunted Liverpool takes the reader on a tour through the streets, cemeteries, alehouses, attics and docks of Liverpool.
Drawing on historical and contemporary sources and containing many tales which have never before been published, it unearths a chilling range of supernatural phenomena.
Ladies and gentlemen: the sixth instalment of Darklore - a fantastic anthology series covering hidden history, fringe science and general Forteana – is now available for sale.
- Cat Vincent examines the birth of a modern monster meme: The Slenderman.
- Mark Foster unlocks the mystery of the ‘Trial Passages’ beside the Giza pyramids.
- Robert Schoch evaluates the chances of our Sun wiping out modern civilisation.
- Lynn Picknett and Clive Prince lift the veil on the esoteric foundations of The Royal Society.
- Neil Arnold goes in search of sewer monsters.
- Mitch Horowitz points out America’s mystical history.
- Nigel Watson shares a case of ‘alien contact’ that he investigated.
- John Reppion sheds some light on Liverpool’s forgotten megalithic history.
- Martin Shough looks into the strange case of ‘double suns’.
- Blair MacKenzie Blake discusses the mystery man of 20th century alchemy, Fulcanelli.
- Greg Taylor points out the astronomical archetype behind depictions of gods and kings in ancient cultures.
- Jack Hunter heads to the dark side of anthropology and finds the weirdness that doesn’t often get talked about in academic circles.
You can pick up your copy from any number of online retailers through a simple search. But here are the links for Amazon:
Darklore VI Paperback
Darklore VI Limited Edition Hardcover
ometimes with Twitter, and Facebook, and Google+, and everything else, we get so used to putting bitesized chunks of information out quickly, as and when, we forget that some of the more major stuff can easily get lost amid more trivial things. So, for the benefit of those of you who might not be addicted to any of the above sites (as well as those who are but just missed any of this info as it zipped past), here are few exciting bits of Moore & Reppion news:
- The Thrill Electric will be available on iTunes (still 100% FREE) as of next month.
- Darklore Vol VI is coming early December 2011 (just in time for Xmas) and features an article about the mysterious prehistoric Calderstones monument here in Liverpool, written by John Reppion.
- Moore & Reppion have just sold their first Black Museum story to 2000 AD (thanks Tharg).
- We’re writing a brand new 8 issue series for Dynamite Entertainment (we also have our second Sherlock Holmes series – The Liverpool Demon – coming next year).
That’s all we can tell you about for now but there’s plenty more exciting news to come very soon. If you’re not one who Twits, or a Facebooker, or whatever, you might want to subscribe to our mailing list to make sure you don’t miss anything. Otherwise, please keep checking the site for regular updates.
t 3.09 am (Greenwich Mean Time) tomorrow morning the centre of our Sun will be in the same plane as our planet’s equator and the Summer will officially turn to Autumn. There will also, for the first time in nine years, be a full moon in the sky to see in the new season. The Harvest Moon appears larger than other full moons and often takes on a reddish tinge… but it’s too cloudy here to see it at the moment, sadly.
2010 seems to be flying past and it feels rather weird not to have had anything new out since May (not counting collections). Rest assured that we’re still working our arses off, cracking on with Sherlock Holmes – The Liverpool Demon, and preparing for that very, very, very exciting project we keep mentioning but not telling you anything about. Alright, how about this as a tiny bit more info – in addition to Windflower Studio, we’ll also be working with the wonderful Emma Vieceli. Excited now? You should be!
Who would have thought that it would take us two years from the picture to the left was taken at Thought Bubble Leeds to fulfil our ambitions of working with both Leigh Gallagher and Ms. Vieceli… and that no-one would get to read any of it until 2011… Ah well.
We have been proofing scripts and indeed artwork for that Mike Raicht penned Dynamite follow up series we mentioned not so long ago and it looks like #1 of that should be hitting the stands soon (we’d like to think around Halloween, but that’s not definite). It’d be nice to be able to show you a bit of that but we can’t really. No honestly, we can’t. Well, I mean… okay, look… so long as you don’t tell anyone, yeah? Alright.
Each book comes with a free copy of my limited edition Swan River Press Haunted Histories booklet On the Banks of the River Jordan.
Postage and packing is free to the UK and Ireland and books are expected to ship in mid March. See www.moorereppion.bigcartel.com for more info.
I’ve just found out today that my 2008 book 800 Years of Haunted Liverpool has been re-printed for a third time and I’m thinking about doing some signed limited editions with some kind of small extra thing thrown in (like last time).
The books would be £9.99 each with free postage to the UK and Ireland (no idea about the rest of the world yet but would endeavour to keep it as cheap as possible). What do you think? If you’re interested then please let us know and, if enough people are, I’ll get something sorted.