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.
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 dailygrail.com, and prepare to get very excited.
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.
Finally, 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:
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…