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.
“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:
- Limited Edition Hardcover (first 100 of a total run of just 200 copies), signed by Alan Moore, Iain Sinclair, Maria J. Pérez Cuervo, Joanne Parker, and John Reppion.
- Paperback edition, available on Amazon (and other online booksellers).
- Kindle eBook version.
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 Björgvinsdóttir – Vajra Chandrasekera – Maria J. Pérez Cuervo – Warren Ellis – Alan Moore – Silvia Moreno-Garcia – Kristine Ong Muslim – Dr. Joanne Parker – Mark Pesce – Iain Sinclair – Gazelle Amber Valentine – Damien Williams.
The book is edited, curated, and introduced by me, John Reppion.
It’s a collection of writings by twelve incredible authors: Bryndís Björgvinsdóttir – Vajra Chandrasekera – Maria J. Pérez Cuervo – Warren Ellis – Alan Moore – Silvia Moreno-Garcia – Kristine Ong Muslim – Dr. Joanne Parker – Mark Pesce – Iain Sinclair – Gazelle Amber Valentine – Damien 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 dailygrail.com, and prepare to get very excited.
— The Daily Grail (@DailyGrail) November 16, 2016
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 dynamite.com/digital
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:
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.
Wait, you can still get SVK?
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 http://berglondon.com/products/svk/
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.
You can read Warren’s far too kind words about the book over on Newsarama.com.
Next time we see him we owe him a pint of whiskey!