Alan Moore to release 5-volume epic fantasy book series with Bloomsbury
Alan Moore has signed an epic five-volume fantasy series, as well as a collection of short fiction films with Bloomsbury. According to The Guardian, the six-digit chord will start with Illuminations (the collection of short fiction films in the fall of 2022), and will be followed by the Long London quintet, which the publisher describes as “dazzlingly original and overflowing with energy” seductive and elegantly crafted tales that reveal all the power of imagination and magic. “
Moore is famous for his work as a comic book writer, especially for his comics Watchmen, V for Vendetta, Batman: The Killing Joke, Swamp Thing, and others, and in 2019, removed from the middle after finishing The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. His career in comics has been notoriously tumultuous: he is equally known for his aversion to adaptations of his work and for his disagreements with companies like DC Comics, and he worked independently for several years.
Over the years he also branched out into prose: in 1996 he wrote a millennial novel titled The voice of fire, and in 2016, published Jerusalem, a long story (1,266 pages!) set in Northampton. With the comics behind him, it looks like Moore has big plans in prose fiction.
According to The Guardian, the series will begin in London 1949 for a “version of London just beyond our knowledge” on these five volumes. The first installment will hit stores in 2024. In a statement, Moore says it “is full of fiction, full of prose” and that he “could not be happier with the new home I found in Bloomsbury. : a legendary near-independent publisher with a spectacular roster and a staunch commitment to expanding the empire of the word.