The Guardian newspaper has the exclusive news that comic book writer extraordinaire, Alan Moore, has landed a six figure deal with the publishers Bloomsbury for a five-volume fantasy series as well as a collection of short stories. With one project all but ready to be rolled out it would seem:
“Bloomsbury, home to the Harry Potter novels, acquired what it described as two “major” projects from the 67-year-old. The first, Illuminations, is a short story collection which will be published in autumn 2022 and which moves from the four horsemen of the apocalypse to the “Boltzmann brains” fashioning the universe.”
The second project is the aforementioned fantasy novels, with a working title of Long London with the first in the five-book series due out 2023. A series that starts off in 1949 due travels through to “a version of London just beyond our knowledge.”
Moore retired from comics two years ago, and it would seem he hasn’t rested on his laurels ever since. For fans of the great bard of comics, I am sure there will be plenty of interest in this next phase of his career; Moore the author. After all, this won’t be the first time he’s written prose, with two previous offers, the million-word long Jerusalem (2018) and his debut novel, the hard to find Voice of the Fire (1996). Will these bombastic and oft-tokes bonkers books be an indication of what to expect from Moore in these new works? I do hope so.