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Coming Soon: VOICE OF THE FIRE by Alan Moore

alanmooreIn June,Subterranean Press will publish Voice of the Fire by Alan Moore (first published in 1996 as a paperback original), with an introduction by Joe Hill. The lettered edition is sold out, but you can still get your hands on the numbered limited edition (750 signed numbered oversize hardcovers.)

The dust jacket and endpaper illustrations are by Dave McKean

Here’s the synopsis:

Alan Moore is one of the true grand masters of the graphic novel. His signature works, which include Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell are cultural touchstones that have assumed the status of modern classics. But Moore’s versatility extends to other forms as well, as his first (and thus far only published) novel, Voice of the Fire, amply demonstrates.

First published in 1996 as a paperback original, this extraordinary work ranges across 6,000 years of turbulent history and is set within the few square miles of rural England now known as Northampton. Its twelve largely independent narratives combine to form a cumulative portrait of the region’s “secret soul,” a soul that Moore illuminates with seemingly effortless mastery. The virtuoso opening section, “Hob’s Hog,” takes place in 4,000 BC and is related by a damaged and abandoned young man whose grasp of reality is as limited as his vocabulary. His story is one of loss, longing, and ultimate betrayal and that story, like others that will follow, finds its way into Northampton’s gradually expanding pool of myth, legend, and dream. Subsequent narratives encompass a gallery of characters—saints and witches, murderers and mad men, artists and bureaucrats—whose personal histories reflect the larger history of one small corner of England.

Five years in the writing and told through an array of highly distinctive fictional voices, this visionary, unjustly neglected masterpiece remains one of Alan Moore’s most astonishing creations. Mysterious, disturbing and always utterly original, Voice of the Fire is a work of permanent value, the rare sort of book that demands and rewards repeated readings. It is a brave, beautiful and adventurous achievement that no one but Alan Moore could have written.

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About Kristin Centorcelli (842 Articles)
Kristin Centorcelli is the Associate Editor at SF Signal, proprietor of My Bookish Ways, a reviewer for Library Journal and Publisher’s Weekly, and has also written for Crime Fiction Lover, Criminal Element, and Mystery Scene Magazine. She has been reviewing books since late 2010, in an effort to get through a rather immense personal library, while also discussing it with whoever will willingly sit still (and some that won’t).
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