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The British Fantasy Awards 2013, Exquisite Terror and Starburst issue 389

May 22, 2013

Earlier this month the British Fantasy Society announced the judges for the year’s British Fantasy Awards, and I’m proud to be a member of the jury for the best artist category. Given the amount of time that I spend writing about comic-book artists, this is a category that I feel passionately about, so it will be an honour to help select a winning artist.

British Fantasy Society logo

The first issue of my gothic-horror series La Belle Dame Sans Merci has been reviewed by Exquisite Terror, a print periodical that bills itself as an academic exploration of the beauty that is horror. Thorough, analytical and always thoughtful about its treatment of the genre, Exquisite Terror is edited by Naila Scargill.

Jim Reader at Exquisite Terror has the following to say about LBDSM: “What Buchan has done here is taken the femme fatale of a 19th-century poet and used her in a contemporary and completely different framework. It’s reminiscent of how John Milius used Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness to write the script for his dark and disturbing Vietnam War fable, Apocalypse Now.”

“In Keats’ original poem the knight is the narrator; in Lusted and Buchan’s adaptation the ‘faerie girl’ will get the lead role as narrator and vengeful antagonist. Like Apocalypse Now, this means Buchan and Lusted will take their source material far beyond a simple adaptation and transform it into something much more personal and complex.”

“There are enough unanswered questions to leave the reader looking forward to part two. I’ve got a good feeling P M Buchan is laying down the bones for something wonderfully intriguing.”

There’s a lot more to the review, so be sure to head over to Exquisite Terror to read the full thing.

Exquisite Terror 3

Finally, Starburst Magazine issue 389 is now on sale, featuring my column about comic-books Adventures On Alternative Earths, in which I recommend the Pleece brothers’ Montague Terrace, Terry Wiley’s VerityFair app for the iPad and David Hine and Mark Stafford’s harrowing adaptation of Victor Hugo’s The Man Who Laughs.

Starburst 389

This month’s Starburst strip, The Poor Boy In The Grave, is illustrated by James Lawrence, whose madcap superhero strip Dangerine has to be seen to be believed!

Poor Boy In The Grave preview by James Lawrence

Finally, this month I also reviewed Mike Garley and Martin Simmonds’ Eponymous, a slick, cinematic, ultra-realistic comic for the generation that was weaned on Christopher Nolan’s vision of what superheroes should be. Serialised in the pages of VS Comics, you can buy collected issues of Eponymous here.


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