In a coup that bests the makers of any films based on his work to date, Twickenham based indie Honest Publishing have somehow managed to coerce wild man of Northampton, author of Watchmen, V For Vendetta and Lost Girls, and surprisingly non-member of Grinderman Alan Moore into promotional duties for their latest release.
Not only does Moore’s endorsement adorn B. Catling’s The Vorrh – ‘a work of genuine vision to remind the [fantasy] genre of what it should be aspiring to and what it’s capable of doing’, says he – and not only is the book referenced in Moore’s own The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen Century: 2009, but anyone who pre-orders The Vorrh from Honest will be entered into a draw that could see them win an original Vorrh painting by Catling, whose winner will be decided by Moore at the novel’s launch at the Pitt Rivers Museum on November 15th. If the approval of Moore or the prospect of your name passing his lips just isn’t enough for you for some reason, then Honest has also released an extract from the novel online to tempt you further.
It may also be worth pointing out that this isn’t just any old author scribbling a stick figure doodle of their protagonists on the side of a cocktail napkin: Catling is Professor of Fine Art at the University of Oxford’s Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art, and his resultant artwork is estimated to be worth at least £3,000. Better start thinking of ways to get your name in front of Moore, possibly involving an interdimensional squid (hey, that question mark kind of looks like a D if you squint.)
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