Bibliography

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Graphic Novels


Cancertown: An Inconvenient Tooth (Markosia 2009)

Vince Morley is a man with big problems and a brain tumour like a baby’s fist, living with one foot in a monstrous alternate world he calls Cancertown. When the lost and dispossessed of London start tripping over the same cracks in reality he spends his life avoiding, Morley realises he must confront the residents of Cancertown – and risk finding his place among them.

Cancertown 2: Blasphemous Tumours (Markosia 2012)

Vince Morley is a dangerously sick man. The crossing points between his realities wear thin as, in a psychiatric hospital, sticky fingers pick through the darkest corners of Bugfuck's broken mind. With the old powers falling to a new creature of horrific violence and limitless rage, the deadliest of the Cancertown Players returns to claim a favour from Morley that could cost him more than just his life.




The Indifference Engine: A Holographic Novel (Markosia 2011)

Responding to a strangely specific job advertisement, a distinctly ordinary twenty-something suburban slacker finds himself in the middle of an inter-dimensional task force staffed entirely by superhuman alternate versions of himself. Struggling to fit in, he uncovers a conspiracy that strikes at the very heart of the organisation – a conspiracy that only he can stop.







The Indifference Engine 2: The Suicideshow (Markosia 2015)

Alan Blake, former mid-level programmer turned invulnerable murder machine, slaughters his way through a web of interconnected parallel realities. Blackmailed by an insane computer built out of his own brain matter, he is forced into destroying every single alternate version of himself - until one of his targets unwittingly presents a possible way out. It's his only chance of freedom, and all it will cost him is the future.



Slaughterman's Creed (Markosia 2011)

Slaughterman’s Creed is a story of the fall and rise of monsters, where an ethical knife-edge is all that separates hero from villain. A human trafficker orders the death of a killer who refuses to breach his professional code. Twelve years later, the trafficker’s world erupts in blood and chaos. Barely surviving and crippled for life, the Slaughterman has returned to put the whole organisation to the blade.




White Knuckle (Markosia 2012)

Forty years ago, Seth Rigal was a man to be feared – a serial strangler with a string of victims. Now nearly seventy and tormented by a lifetime of monstrous violence, Rigal lives on the verge of poverty and quietly waits for the death he knows he deserves. Tortured and confused, still haunted by the drives that made him a killer in his youth, Rigal finds himself almost unconsciously stalking the daughter of his final victim – only to have his precious anonymity snatched from him when he accidentally saves her son’s life. Seth Rigal, formerly known as the Gripper, just became a local celebrity. The bodies won’t stay buried any longer.

  The Case Files Of Harlan Falk (Markosia 2013)

A respected hostage negotiator loses his mind when a bizarre kidnapping results in a child’s unexplained death. His wild talk of murderous monsters born from the victim’s own imagination is impossible to believe, and the catastrophe sees him driven out of business in a cycle of alcoholism, denial and despair. Several years later, when a new case arises bearing all the hallmarks of the same killers, Harlan Falk emerges from obscurity a changed man: a monster negotiator. Using resources and methods beyond the scope of conventional investigators, he sets out to finally close the case that cost him his career.

 

 

 

Art Books


Broadcast: The TV Doodles Of Henry Flint (Markosia 2011)

The mind of Henry Flint is a galaxy of beautiful atrocities – a nightmare factory where the bestial becomes benign, the mundane magical. Henry Flint is at once a full-service doodling savant and a one-man alien zoo, and this never-before-seen collection of his personal work is an attempt to chart a single, crooked leg of the artistic journey he takes daily. Welcome to the best of the bestiary.



 

 

Transmedia


The Reverend: Wrath Of God For Unseen Shadows (Unseen Shadows 2011)

The Reverend: a holy weapon forged in tragedy and flame – a murderous martyr whose cold judgement strikes with the force of a vengeful God. 

Despair, for the Reverend walks among you. He is the right hand of vengeance. He is Wrath.







The Immaculate Abortion of Dina Leigh For Unseen Shadows (Unseen Shadows 2012)

The Truth makes liars of us all. The Truth will kill you, or get you killed. It’ll steal your marriage and your daughter’s love. The Truth will get you shot and left for dead in the desert…

So when a woman tells you she woke up in a bathtub full of blood and ice with stitches in her belly that she can’t explain, you’ll know it’s the Truth because nothing else smells or feels or hurts that bad – and you’ll fall for it all over again, even though you know you were lucky before and it’ll burn you even worse this time.

This, then, is the story of The Immaculate Abortion of Dina Leigh – and I’m daring you to call me a liar…




Master Merlini (ROK Comics 2013)


Escape artist, magician, Master Merlini is all these things and more. An adventurer. A Crimefighter, A hero...

Where did he come from? Is he David Merlini the world famous escape artist? Or is he something more?

Has the real world superhero Master Merlini really sprung from the pages of a comic book – or is he trapped in one?



 

Short Stories



Swamp Pussy And The Hanged Man for Bayou Arcana (Markosia 2012)

With his final breath, a hanged man curses the faithless lover who betrayed him to his death. Disfigured and transformed, the woman lives a hundred years in the shadow of the Hanged Man’s tree – the Weeping Witch of the Great Arcana. The curse decrees that men will forever be drawn to her and that all who see her will love her. She will never be free until her own heart is broken as the Hanged Man’s was.  




Remember This Moment for Layer Zero: Time (Insomnia 2008)

Part non-linear hit-man story and part magic trick, Remember This Moment blends respect and deception in a world where magic and storytelling are closer relatives than they might appear.






 Waste, A Story Of The Road Not Taken for Layer Zero: Survival (Insomnia 2009)

Phrased as a sort of “ghost story”, Waste is about a man whose own future comes back to haunt him. However, the very crisis that pushes him over the edge ends up offering him the one thing he’s been denying himself all these years: a second chance.





Open Source, for Overload #1 (The Copydesk 2012)

With art from startling new talent, Aaron Moran, Open Source finds two violent men struggling to preserve a dangerous secret, only to discover that once the bottle is broken, you can never stuff the genie back inside.







Gateway Drugs, for British Comics Showcase (Markosia 2013)


A domestic care worker is kidnapped by government agents in an apparent case of mistaken identity - but is the man he's tending his patient, his hostage or something else entirely?




 


Some Assembly Required for Torsobear: Yarns From Toyburg

Snaplok, an 80s action figure struggling to live down a villainous past, is implicated in a string of violent robot-part robberies. With the police breathing down his neck, he sets out to crack the case and clear his ruined name - only to discover a far greater villainy than his own at work in the underbelly of Toyburg.



 

Pulling The Plug for Cross (Disconnected Press 2014)

 A faceless character goes off-script and rejects the terms of the story he's been written into.

“We should rediscover our tradition of satire. Of speaking truth unto power. Or, at least, blowing raspberries unto it. It’s a question of political will."
Rory Bremner

  This is what happens when UK comics creators get cross.



 

Ongoing Series



Starship Troopers (August 2006 - Dec 2008)

Starship Troopers: Extinction Protocol  
Starship Troopers: Bad Blood 
Starship Troopers: Triple Threat
Starship Troopers: War Stories







In Production

Phantom Lung And The Garden Of Dead Liars (original graphic novel)


When a series of inexplicable, yet somehow connected, murders are committed by people with no conceivable connection to their victims, a retired Russian spymaster appears with an incredible story. The one successful product of Russian remote viewing experimentation has finally resurfaced, and has embarked on a murderous crusade against anyone connected with the programme, his delusions painting him as an otherworldly adventurer in pursuit of a dastardly villain.

Phantom Lung and the Garden of Dead Liars is a dual-reality fantasy in five parts. A delusional, obsessive conspiracy theorist uses Cold War-era remote viewing techniques to move his consciousness from body to body at will, his victims determined by distorted half-memories and an overwhelming paranoia. Wherever Phantom Lung travels, he leaves borrowed, stolen and murdered bodies in his wake.

Phantom Lung is coming...

Don't hold your breath.

Writer: Cy Dethan
Pencils: Russ Leach
Colours: Mike Summers
Letters: Nic Wilkinson

In production with Markosia.


The Reverend: Blood Cries Out (transmedia graphic novel)


But the LORD said, What have you done? Listen! Your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground. Genesis 4:10

Reverend Jonathan Bishop is a weapon forged by fate and the cruelties of men, his life an endless crusade waged in shadow and blood. He is a one-man holy war, but he is not the first product of the machinery that created him.

When a twisted cult seeks to conjure and enslave a force they are ill-equipped to control, Bishop must face a custom-built killer who knows him as only a brother can. The Reverend has finally met his equal in battle, and faith alone may no longer sustain him.

In production with Unseen Shadows

Short/Single Issue Stories

  • Murderbox for Bomb Scares (Timebomb Comics)
  • Chabot: Broken Toy for Shit Flingers
  • Whatever The Cost (Unseen Shadows)
  • Eye Of Stone (Unseen Shadows)

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