Exclusive | Dark Horse to publish P. Craig Russell gallery edition

After revisiting Neil Gaiman and P. Craig Russell's 2002 collaboration last year with a new edition of Murder Mysteries, Dark Horse plans to return to the material -- and so much more -- with a gallery edition designed to fully showcase the illustrator's work.

Set for release in October, P. Craig Russell’s Murder Mysteries and Other Stories: Gallery Edition will feature high-quality scans of his original art, printed at art-board size.

The hardcover collects not only Russell's interpretation of Gaiman's short story -- a lonely man in Los Angeles is told by an angel about a murder in Heaven -- but also his adaptations of works by H.P. Lovecraft, Ray Bradbury, Mike Mignola, Clive Barker and Oscar Wilde. In addition, there's his 2011 Spirit story "Art Walk."

Asked last year by ROBOT 6 about the difference in dynamic between adapting a classic work and a story by a living writer, Russell replied, "The different dynamic is stark and simple: One author is dead and the other is alive. Though I’ve never had a living author complain about my adaptations of their work I do, nevertheless, feel them peering over my shoulder, especially when I am carving out and disposing of great bloody chunks of prose. I do try to do it in such a way that the stitches don’t show when I sew it back together."

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