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Alan Moore Is Writing An Epic Fantasy Series After Retiring From Comics

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BY May 5, 2021

Alan Moore has signed a deal with Bloomsbury Publishing for the author’s first endeavor into epic fantasy, with plans for a fantasy series and a collection of short stories. This comes only a few years after Moore retired from writing comic books. But the author is certainly not retired from storytelling altogether. His collection of short stories called Illuminations, is due for release in Autumn of 2022. It will be followed by the first book of a new fantasy series in 2024.

Bloomsbury calls the collection “dazzlingly original and brimming with energy. Beguiling and elegantly crafted tales that reveal the full power of imagination and magic.” That’s certainly some high praise and/or publicity hype for a well-known author like Alan Moore, who reportedly received a six-figure deal for these upcoming titles.

Alan Moore Will Publish A Short Story Collection And Fantasy Series

The 5-book fantasy series is currently being called Long London, which is about an alternate history (or universe?) version of the city… Sounds a little Shades of Magic to me, but we’ll have to wait on more details to fully determine what that series will be about. Below is the synopsis of the new fantasy series by Alan Moore, from Bloomsbury Publishing.

“Long London is a series about ‘a sometimes-accessible shadow city that is beyond time.’ This is a hugely inventive, atmospheric, mythical world of murder, magic and madness. It is a quintet of novels that sweeps across the 20th century, starting in the shell-shocked and unravelled London of 1949, and following the populations of writers, criminals, artists, and magicians through that familiar city and a version of London just beyond our knowledge.”

Alan Moore Authoor Alan Moore | Photo by Matt Biddulph via Wikimedia Commons

Alan Moore also says that he is currently “bursting with fiction and prose” and is clearly excited about this new direction.

“I couldn’t be happier with the new home that I’ve found at Bloomsbury. A near-legendary independent publisher with a spectacular list and a fierce commitment to expanding the empire of the word. I have a feeling this will be a very productive partnership.”

Moving From Fantastical Comic Books To Fantasy Fiction

Promethea Image via DC Comics

Alan Moore is well-known of course for his graphic novels like Watchmen; V For Vendetta, The Killing Joke – and my personal favorite – Promethea. Moore has always had an abundance of imagination and fantasy in his stories. And he has been vocal about his distaste for the superhero genre in recent years. So it seems like a natural transition for Moore to move into genre fiction. And a fantasy series is definitely an intriguing choice. His work with Promethea is incredibly fantasy-oriented – replete with gods, magic, and deep philosophical questions. Some people criticized Promethea for being too philosophical. But if Moore can translate these kind of elements into a fantasy series I think it could be successful.

Honestly, it is a little surprising that Moore hasn’t written fantasy fiction in the past. He has dabbled in prose before with his 1996 novel Voice of the Fire. That book was an ambitious saga about Moore’s home of Northampton in England. It spans several millennia and a cast of a dozen characters. It was classified as a historical novel, but that kind of intense worldbuilding is always good to have when writing an epic fantasy series.

Voice of the Fire Alan Moore Image via Top Shelf Productions

We’ll certainly be keeping an eye on these new fantasy novels from Alan Moore as we learn more. To stay up to date be sure to follow Comic Years on Facebook and Twitter today!

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Emily O'Donnell is a writer and photographer with roots in some of the earliest online fandoms. She cut her genre teeth on the Wizard of Oz books at the tender age of 6 years old, and was reading epic adult fantasy novels by the age of 10. Decades later, she still consumes genre fiction like there is no tomorrow. She is delighted to be living through the golden age of sci-fi and fantasy popularity. She is unashamed of the amount of fanfiction that still lingers online under her name.

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