In a Guardian exclusive (though the information was inadvertently leaked on Amazon final week), it was introduced that Alan Moore has signed a “six-figure deal” with the famed Harry Potter writer Bloomsbury to carry plenty of the previous comics author’s prose novels to the world.
The deal will see Bloomsbury publish Moore’s newest works, together with Lengthy London, a five-volume fantasy epic, and Illuminations, a brief story assortment. Illuminations is scheduled for an Autumn 2022 launch, with the primary a part of the Lengthy London quintet deliberate to be launched in 2024.
In line with the Guardian:
“Two years after asserting that he had retired from comics, Alan Moore, the illustrious writer of Watchmen and V for Vendetta, has signed a six-figure deal for a “groundbreaking” five-volume fantasy sequence in addition to a “momentous” assortment of quick tales.
Bloomsbury, residence to the Harry Potter novels, acquired what it described as two “main” initiatives from the 67-year-old. The primary, Illuminations, is a brief story assortment which will likely be printed in autumn 2022 and which strikes from the 4 horsemen of the apocalypse to the “Boltzmann brains” fashioning the universe. Bloomsbury stated it was “dazzlingly unique and brimming with vitality”, promising a sequence of “beguiling and elegantly crafted tales that reveal the total energy of creativeness and magic”.
The second acquisition is a fantasy quintet titled Lengthy London, which can launch in 2024. The sequence will transfer from the “shell-shocked and unravelled” London of 1949 to “a model of London simply past our information”, encompassing homicide, magic and insanity. Bloomsbury stated it “guarantees to be epic and unforgettable, a tour-de-force of magic and historical past”.”
Bloomsbury editor-in-chief Paul Baggalay instructed the Guardian:
“Alan Moore is just a legend and it has been such a pleasure to hearken to him discuss his formidable Lengthy London sequence in addition to discovering the vary of his shorter fiction. These initiatives have set Bloomsbury alight.”
Moore himself appears in good spirits concerning the information:
“I couldn’t be happier with the brand new residence that I’ve discovered at Bloomsbury: a near-legendary unbiased writer with a spectacular listing and a fierce dedication to increasing the empire of the phrase. I’ve a sense this will likely be a really productive partnership.”
Whereas greatest identified, revered even, for his seminal comics work on the likes of Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Swamp Factor, From Hell, Promethea ( ….we might go on), this isn’t Alan Moore’s first foray into prose. Moore launched Voice of the Fireplace, a brief novel, round 1996; the novel was later republished by High Shelf in 2004. Extra famously, in 2016 Moore launched his 1266-page behemoth Jerusalem from Knockabout. Since then the elusive Moore has been comparatively quiet – particularly after concluding his Cinema Purgatorio anthology and, once again, publicly retiring from comics in 2019. Clearly he has been feverishly busy on the keyboard (or typewriter?).