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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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