(Previously published on patreon.com/johnreppion, June 2017)
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Today is the Solstice – the longest day – and here in the UK it’s the hottest since 1976. I like it hot, but not this hot. And so on. We’ve had grumblings of thunder and a few showers but nothing like the storm that seemed to be brewing earlier; nothing to clear this muggy air. I’ve just had to deploy a reading of Piper at the Gates of Dawn to get the eldest child to sleep. That particular chapter of Kenneth Grahame‘s book never ceases to leave me feeling spellbound, and it never fails to send the kids to sleep. A fittingly Solstice-ish bit of magic, perhaps.
Well I haven’t done one of these in ages, but it used to be that I’d try to post something here on the Solstices and the Equinoxes by way of keeping you, dear reader, up to date with what we were working on at the minute. The truth is that 2017 seems to be flying by at a genuinely alarming pace, and we haven’t yet much to show for it in real terms. We spent January and a decent chunk of February working on some pitches (one of which is huge) for things that are still “in the pipeline”, as it were. What can I actually tell you about?
Artwork has been coming in for Ghost Stories of an Antiquary Vol 2, but I’m afraid we’re not allowed to tell you who our artists are yet. Sorry.
We’ve got a second series of Storm Warning coming up in the Megazine in the next few months, but again I can’t say who our artist will be as yet (we’re not sure ourselves as I type).
Leah has written a little something for Heavy Metal, which should to be turning up in the next, or following, issue.
We’re collaborating with Sally Jane Thompson on that Dark Horse book we seem to have been talking about for years and years now.
We’re also working on a couple of new series for Dynamite Entertainment after a few years, and that’s nice.
I’m sure I’m forgetting loads of things. There are loads of partly done things, things we’re waiting to hear back about, things people have asked for when we get a chance, etc. We seem to be busier than ever (although I always seem to say that). Come the Autumn though, you should start to see new stuff coming out from us on a fairly regular basis though by then we’ll already be panicking about a completely different set of stuff.
The summer is here and life is good. It isn’t easy, but it’s good. We’ve lots to be thankful for, so let’s give thanks and enjoy what we have while we have it. Happy Solstice to you and yours.
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.
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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