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Ghost Stories of an Antiquary Vol 2 reviewed on the Forbidden Planet blog

There are four tales here, each illustrated by a different artist. Number 13 by George Kambadais, Count Magnus by Abigail Larson, Oh, Whistle and I’ll Come To You, My Lad, by Al Davison and The Treasure of Abbot Thomas by Meghan Hetrick. M R James was a master of crafting short, unsettling stories, and these are just the right length to establish the story and, just as important for a James tale, the atmosphere. Because James, as with Poe, it’s as much about that atmosphere, from the seemingly mundane to the first inkling that something isn’t quite right, then that slow building sense of unease that grows into dread then fear as those hints of movement in the shadows manifest.

Full review at forbiddenplanet.blog

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary Vol 2 to be launched at Thought Bubble 2017 (plus artists announced)

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary Vol 2 will be launched at this weekend’s Thought Bubble Comic convention in Leeds.

Publishers Self Made Hero have publicly announced today the artists for this second volume on their news page and, very excitingly, two of them will be at the event this weekend.


The first story, Number 13, is drawn by George Kambadais who we previously worked with on one of our Vampire Diaries stories back in 2013. George can be found in the Leeds Town Hall Marquee, on table 61a.

 


 

Story number two, Count Magnus, is drawn by the gothiest of the goth Abigail Larson. (artwork not from this story)

 


 

The one many readers have been waiting for, Oh Whistle and I’ll Come to you, My Lad, is drawn by Al Davison.  (artwork not from this story).

Al will be in the ComiXology Millennium Square Marquee on table 30.


 

And finally, The Treasure of Abbott Thomas, is drawn by the incredible Meghan Hetrick. (artwork not from this story)

 


 

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary Vol 2 can be ordered now via the Self Made Hero website.

Moore & Reppion at Thought Bubble 2017

Thought Bubble, the best damn comic convention in the UK (no offence to any other cons intended), is almost upon us once again. Can it really be that a year has passed since last we comics folk descended upon the fair city of Leeds to wander its ginnels, drink all its beer, and eat all its pizza? Apparently so.

As usual the line-up for the comic con itself is ludicrously good with a list of exhibitors and guests a mile long.  Everyone will be there, including us, but where exactly will we be?

On SATURDAY 23rd we’ll be signing on the Self Made Hero table (221-223 in the ComiXology Marquee) from 10am until 11:30am.

We will be singing on the 2000AD table (5-6 Leeds Town Hall Marquee) between 1pm and 2pm, then back to the Self Made Hero table from 2:30pm onwards.

On SUNDAY 24th we’ll be taking part in the SelfMadeHero: A Decade of Comics panel (Carriageworks Studio Theatre – Fifth Floor) between 10:30am and 11:20am, we will then be signing on the Self Made Hero table between 11:30am and 12:45pm.

We will be singing on the 2000AD table between 1pm and 2pm, then back to the Self Made Hero table from 2:30pm onwards.


It also gives us great pleasure to reveal that copies of Ghost Stories of an Antiquary Vol 2 will be on sale at the convention, weeks before they arrive in any shops. More on that very soon though.

Pre-order Ghost Stories of an Antiquary Vol. 2

Although not officially released until the 12th of October 2017, the second volume of our M. R. James adaptations for Self Made Hero is already available to pre-order via Amazon (Vol 1 on the Self Made Hero website).

Curl up by the fire and enter the sinister, supernatural world of Montague Rhodes James, the master of the English ghost story. An influence on writers from H.P. Lovecraft to Stephen King, James’s tales of understated horror continue to transfix readers 80 years after his death.

Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, Vol. 2 comprises graphic adaptations of four spine-chilling stories by M.R. James: Number 13, Count Magnus, Oh, Whistle, and I’ll Come to You, My Lad and The Treasure of Abbot Thomas. Filled with intrigue, suspense and intellectual adventure, these captivating tales of terror plunge the reader into a world of creeping dread, where rationality is challenged and the mundane collides with the supernatural.

Capturing James’s trademark atmosphere of pervasive disquiet, Leah Moore and John Reppion’s subtly crafted adaptations breathe fresh life into these stories of restless phantoms and ill-advised academic exploration.

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Where to find Moore & Reppion at Thought Bubble Leeds this weekend

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We will be at Thought Bubble Leeds this weekend. We don’t have our own table this year so here’s a quick rundown of where and when you can find us.

SATURDAY 5th

SUNDAY 6th

  • Signing at the SELF MADE HERO table 10am – 12:30pm (New Dock Hall tables 90-92)
  • Signing at the 2000 AD table 2pm – 2:40pm (Comixology Marquee tables 17-19)

If you can’t get to Thought Bubble we have just put some books up for sale at moorereppion.bigcartel.com which we will happily sign and dedicate for you (and which make ideal Xmas presents).

#MRJGIVEAWAY Week 4 – countdown to the release of Ghost Stories of an Antiquary Vol 1

To celebrate the official release of Ghost Stories of an Antiquary Vol 1 on the 27th of October, we’ll be giving away a bundle of M. R. James related goodies to one lucky winner every Friday this month.

Week 3’s winner was @MinovskyArticle

Week 4’s bundle contains the following:

To be in with a chance of winning, you need to have a Twitter account, be following both @leahmoore and @johnreppion, and keep an eye out for the #MRJGiveaway hashtag.

Entries for the week 4 giveaway will close at 00:00 BST on Fri the 28th of October.

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#MRJGIVEAWAY Week 3 – countdown to the release of Ghost Stories of an Antiquary Vol 1

To celebrate the official release of Ghost Stories of an Antiquary Vol 1 on the 27th of October, we’ll be giving away a bundle of M. R. James related goodies to one lucky winner every Friday this month.

Week 2’s winner was @JoePineapples75

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Week 3’s bundle contains the following:

To be in with a chance of winning, you need to have a Twitter account, be following both @leahmoore and @johnreppion, and keep an eye out for the #MRJGiveaway hashtag.

Entries for the week 3 giveaway will close at 00:00 BST on Fri the 21st of October.

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Where to find Moore & Reppion at Lakes International Comics Festival this weekend

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We will be at The Lakes International Comic Art Festival this weekend and, we will have our children with us. This means we might be difficult to catch, so here’s a handy little run down of our itinerary.

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SATURDAY 16th

SUNDAY 17th

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Copies of Ghost Stories of an Antiquary will be available from the Self Made Hero table in the Clocktower throughout the festival.

If you want a signed copy but Leah and I aren’t around then ask at the table and they’ll set some aside for us to sign. Please note though that we wont be able to sign any later than Sunday morning.

#MRJGIVEAWAY Week 2 – countdown to the release of Ghost Stories of an Antiquary Vol 1

To celebrate the release of Ghost Stories of an Antiquary Vol 1 on the 27th of October, we’ll be giving away a bundle of M. R. James related goodies to one lucky winner every Friday this month.

Week 1’s winner was @Skinny878

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#MRJGIVEAWAY Week 1 – countdown to the release of Ghost Stories of an Antiquary Vol 1

To celebrate the release of Ghost Stories of an Antiquary Vol 1 on the 27th of October, we’ll be giving away a bundle of M. R. James related goodies to one lucky winner every Friday this month.

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Ghost Stories of an Antiquary Vol. 1 available to pre-order

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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.

M. R. James conference report on A Podcast to the Curious

A couple of weeks ago I attended the first M. R. James and the Modern Ghost Story one day conference in the atmospheric and aptly antiquarian setting of Leeds Library.

Highlights for me included meeting Will Ross, Mike Taylor, Jane Mainlley-Piddock and Helen Grant in real life, being introduced to the likes of Chris Rose and Prof. Aaron Worth, and chatting with BBC Ghost Story for Christmas originator Lawrence Gordon Clark. Here’s a picture to prove that happened:

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I was there to deliver a paper on adapting James’ stories into comics. I spoke about comics and adaptation generally a bit and then focussed on the Ash Tree because, happily, I had a couple of pages which Alisdair Wood had drawn for an adaptation of that story. The Ash Tree - Alisdair WoodI’m very pleased to finally announce that Leah and I have adapted all eight stories of Ghost Stories of an Antiquary which will be published in a single volume by Self Made Hero in Autumn 2016.

Anyway, I intended to write a little report on the whole thing but I didn’t find the time, sadly. Now Will and Mike at A Podcast to the Curious have spared me the guilt by devoting a whole episode to the conference, including interviews with Helen Grant, Prof. Darryl Jones, Jane Mainlley-Piddock, and even me.

You can download it, or listen here: mrjamespodcast.com

Oh, and look at my weird sideways face here:

John talking M. R. James at the end of the month

The 2nd of March (today) is Saint Chad’s Day.
Chad was a prominent 7th century Anglo-Saxon churchman, who became abbot of several monasteries, Bishop of the Northumbrians and subsequently Bishop of the Mercians and Lindsey People. He was later canonised as a saint. He features strongly in the work of Bede the Venerable and is credited, together with his brother Saint Cedd, with introducing Christianity to the Mercian kingdom.
Chad is also an important character in the old English legend of The Two Princes.
Someone who would almost certainly have known all that without having to look it up like I just did is the late great Montague Rhodes James.M. R. James by Alisdair WoodI’m a massive fan of M. R. James’ ghost stories and though you don’t yet know it, not until you read these following words, Leah and I have had the pleasure of adapting quite a few of them into our preferred medium of comics. More on that as and when there is actually more to say. I, personally, will be saying some more about it at the end of the month (Sat 28th) when I attend the M. R. James and the Modern Ghost Story one day conference in Leeds.

I’ll be giving a 20 minute talk entitled ‘Adapting James’s work into graphic stories’ in The Leeds Library at 14:25.

If you’re a fan of James – a listener to A Podcast to the Curious, a reader of Ghosts & Scholars, a watcher of A Ghost Story for Christmas, maybe – then the conference is definitely something you should check out if you can. I’d certainly be attending even if I wasn’t speaking. It’s £40 for the day ( £35 concessions) and registration closes on the 14th of March.