Alan Moore Takes US Book Tour and Live Stream for New Collection of Short Stories

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The great Northampton magician has a new book of prose fiction coming out very soon – next week, in fact. Here is the official blurb for Illuminations: Stories by Alan Moore:

In his first-ever collection of short stories, spanning forty years of work, Alan Moore presents a series of wildly different and equally unforgettable characters who discover – and in some cases even make and unmake – the various unexplored parts of the existence.

In “A Hypothetical Lizard”, two concubines in a brothel of fantasy specialists fall in love with tragic ramifications. In “Not Even Legend”, a paranormal study group is infiltrated by one of the otherworldly beings they seek to investigate. In “Illuminations”, a nostalgic old man decides to visit a seaside resort from his youth and finds the past too close. And in the monumental short story “What We Can Know About Thunderman,” which traces the surreal, Kafkaesque story of the comics industry’s major players over the past seventy-five years, Moore reveals the dark, beating heart of the superhero industry.

From ghosts and otherworldly creatures to theoretical Boltzmann brains shaping the universe at the time of the big bang, Illuminations is exactly that – a series of brilliant and startling tales from contemporary legend that reveal the full power of imagination and magic.

(I’m particularly excited about this “Kafkaesque” superhero metafiction story, which I think is delightful.)

To mark the occasion of the publication, Moore will attend the Wisconsin Book Festival — including a conversation with author Matt Bell at 10:30 a.m. on October 15, which will be streamed live for everyone to watch.

In November, Moore will also be invited to the Miami Book Fair. At the time of this writing, I couldn’t find any other US events on his schedule. But the idea of ​​Moore coming to the US for live events is pretty exciting!

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