Official Press Release
Atlanta, GA – Continuing its mission of publishing the
highest quality comics from top-notch creators,Desperado Publishing is set
to release Book of Shadows, award-winning British fantasy author, Mark
Chadbourn’s, eagerly anticipated prequel to his best selling three novel
series, The Age of Misrule. Book of Shadows will feature full color art by
Bo Hampton and both 32 page issues will be on sale in April each with a
cover price of $3.50.
In Book of Shadows the ancient pagan gods are returning to the land from
which they were banished millennia ago. Following in their footsteps are
creatures of folklore: the Fabulous Beasts, shape-shifters and Night
Walkers, and other, less wholesome beings. As they grow in power, so
technology starts to fail. It is myth and magic that now rule supreme in
this new Dark Age: The Age of Misrule.
In this time of trouble, one flawed young woman has a great part to play.
Traumatized by the recent death of her boyfriend, Annie Lovelock spends her
nights in desperate Wiccan rituals.until she accidentally conjures up one of
those beings, the Morrigan, the fearsome goddess of blood and death. Gifted
abilities that she does not understand and sent on a quest beyond her
comprehension, Annie finds herself caught in a war between two age-old
rivals for power.
She must find a way to cross the barrier between this world and the
mysterious, magical home of the fabled beings to reclaim an object of power.
But is Annie being manipulated into delivering up humanity to the forces
that now rule our world?
“With Book of Shadows I wanted to tell a story that was firmly rooted in a
genre that is under-represented in comics – fantasy,” said Chadbourn. “But
instead of setting the tale in some ancient time or unknown land, I wanted
to bring the wonder and the mystery right to the reader’s doorstep…in the
world we see around us.”
Chadbourn is the author of 14 novels including World’s End, Darkest Hour and
Always Forever. He has written for British television and currently serves
as senior writer on the series Doctors. He has also worked as a journalist
writing for magazines and newspapers and he’s written the comic books Raven
Chronicles, Fatalis and Negative Burn. He has won the British Fantasy Award,
August Derleth Award for Best Novel and Fear magazine Best New Author award.
“Book of Shadows is exactly the type of series I want to publish at
Desperado,” said Desperado Publishing publisher, Joe Pruett. “It’s a great
fantasy tale with a built in audience. Once Mark’s readers realize that he
has taken The Age of Misrule into comics and that this is the only place
this prequel story will be available, I expect retailers will be in for a
To order your Book of Shadows #1, on sale April 5, use this code: FEB061759.
To order Book of Shadows #2, on sale April 26, use this code: FEB061760.
To learn more about Book of Shadows and other Desperado Publishing series,
log onto: www.desperadopublishing.com.
About Desperado Publishing:
Atlanta, Georgia-based Desperado Publishing in partnership with Image Comics
is set to release a daring line-up containing titles both existing and brand
new by some of the comic industry’s biggest names. Always a visionary,
publisher Joe Pruett is well known throughout comics as one of the finest
assessors of talent and has discovered many of today’s biggest names. Some
of those joining him at Desperado Publishing are Bob Burden, Phil Hester,
John McCrea, Paul Jenkins, Garth Ennis, Andrew Robinson, Keith Giffen, Tony
Harris, Brian Bolland, Bernie Wrightson, Bruce Jones and P. Craig Russell. A
sampling of titles you can expect to see include: Flaming Carrot, Negative
Burn, Paul Jenkins’ Sidekick, The Looking Glass Wars: Hatter M, The Atheist,
Deadworld, and Dusty Star. More information can be found by logging onto
their web site at www.desperadopublishing.com.
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