Folklore Thursday – Warren Ellis, Maria J. Perez Cuervo, and Damien Williams interviewed about Spirits of Place

Haunted Futures out now

It’s a treacherous region, the future.

You can’t see far, and the footing is uncertain at best. Ghosts and phantoms stalk the haze around you, and their chittering will lead you astray. There are no maps to this territory, but sometimes a brave soul strides out ahead into the haunted shadows. Those who return to the campfire of the now often bear tales of the visions seared into their minds while they were out there, in the mists.

We have scoured the earth for these most daring of travelers – the ones who have ventured out into the future and returned wraith-laden. Fifteen of them agreed to share their stories. Their enthralling accounts will seize you, and you might find it difficult to fight free of them afterwards, but any risks are overshadowed by the dazzling wonders that await. So muster your courage, and dive into the pages. Haunted Futures of all kinds await you, with open arms and suspiciously toothy smiles.

Edited by Salomé Jones with stories by Warren Ellis, Tricia Sullivan, Jeff Noon, SL Huang, John Reppion, Liesel Schwarz, Alex Acks, Felicity Shoulders, Lynnea Glasser,Thord D. Hedengren, Armel Dagorn, Greg Stolze, Gethin A. Lynes, Pete Rawlik, and Michael Grey, Haunted Futures is an anthology of futuristic fantasy and sci-fi.

My contribution, Greenwood Green, is the third of my Greenwood stories published so far (the first two being The Black Abbess and The Faerie Ring).

You can order Haunted Futures now via the Ghostwoods Books website.

Haunted Futures available for pre-order

Ghostwoods Books’ Haunted Futures, featuring Warren Ellis, Tricia Sullivan, Jeff Noon, Liesel Schwarz, Felicity Shoulders, SL Huang, and me, is coming in May.

The book is now available for pre-order via:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • foyle’s

    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, and prepare to get very excited.

    Buy stuff: Dynamite Digital, Legends of Red Sonja, and Cthulhu Lives

    Dynamite Entertainment have launched their own DRM free digital store.

    They’re offering 10 Dynamite #1’s at .10 cents each to help celebrate their 10th Anniversary and our very own Trial of Sherlock Holmes #1 is one of them.

    On top of all that they’ll be donating 10% of all sales made in the first month to the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund.

    Go to

    Legends of Red Sonja

    Speaking of Dynamite, we completely failed to point out that the collected edition of Legends of Red Sonja is now available to buy from all good, brick and mortar, comic and book shops. Or you could use these Amazon links:

    The book features a story written by Leah and drawn by Tula Lotay (of Warren Ellis’ Supreme Blue Rose fame), as well as a host of other incredible writers and artists including Gail Simone, Rhianna Pratchett, Nicola Scott, and Carla Speed McNeil.

    Cthulhu Lives updated coverFinally, although it isn’t actually due out officially until next week, Ghostwoods Books’ Cthulhu Lives! anthology (which I, John, have a story in) is already available on the Amazons via these links:

    E-editions will be available on the 25th (not just via Amazon) and the book should be in honest to goodness, walk in a touch stuff, book shops around the same time.

    The anthology has already received some nice reviews and hopefully that will continue. I’m already about as happy as I could be to be honest because S. T. Joshi complimented me on my contribution.

    Suggested stuff to buy this gift giving season #10 – SVK

    Wait, you can still get SVK?

    Publishers BERG say:

    For those of you who aren’t familiar with it, SVK is a collaboration we’ve published between writer Warren Ellis (Transmetropolitan, Planetary, Crooked Little Vein, RED), artist Matt “D’Israeli” Brooker (Stickleback, Lazarus Churchyard, 2000AD).

    It’s an experimental graphic novella about looking – an investigation into perception, storytelling – and printing with UV ink…

    Order now at

    Guest Blog on – Casting a Circle

    Warren Ellis says…

    Guest informant @johnreppion on invisible circles & maps, family, nightmares & history. Brilliant.

    Read all about it

    Megazine #283The current issue of Judge Dredd Megazine (#283) features an interview with Leah and myself conducted by Mr. Matthew Badham.

    Meg #283 also features Al Ewing’s Judge Dredd: The Americans, Tank Girl: Skidmarks (part 9) and lots of other great stuff all wrapped in a splendid Rufus Dayglo cover.

    But wait, before you head off to W H Smiths or wherever, you might also wish to add SFX #181 to your shopping list.

    sfx 181

    One man writing machine Mr. Warren Ellis very kindly devoted his entire column to discussing issue #1 of our forthcoming series The Complete Dracula.

    You can read Warren’s far too kind words about the book over on

    Next time we see him we owe him a pint of whiskey!