Voice of the Fire by Alan Moore, his first prose novel and the precursor to Jerusalem, is getting a 25th anniversary edition – with a stunning new cover by John Coulthart.
Out in May, this 312-page edition is co-Published by Top Shelf Productions in the United States and Knockabout in Britain.
A hardback edition, limited to 300 copies in hardcover with a signed bookplate/postcard by Alan Moore has also been announced, by Knockabout but further details about this will be revealed closer to the publication date. It’s worth keeping an eye on their eBay shop for this.
An audio edition, with each chapters read by different actors with Alan doing the last one, is also to be released – again, more details will be announced soon.
Voice of the Fire was the first novel from Alan Moore, a 12-chapter book initially published in 1996. The narratives take place around Moore’s hometown of Northampton, England, during the month of November, and span several millennia – from 4000 B.C. to the present day.
In a story full of lust, madness, and ecstasy, we meet twelve distinctive characters that lived in the same region of central England over the span of six thousand years. Their narratives are woven together in patterns of recurring events, strange traditions, and uncanny visions. First, a cave-boy loses his mother, falls in love, and learns a deadly lesson. He is followed by an extraordinary cast of characters: a murderess who impersonates her victim, a fisherman who believes he has become a different species, a Roman emissary who realizes the bitter truth about the Empire, a crippled nun who is healed miraculously by a disturbing apparition, an old crusader whose faith is destroyed by witnessing the ultimate relic, two witches, lovers, who burn at the stake. Each interconnected tale traces a path in a journey of discovery of the secrets of the land.
Throughout, the image of the fire resonates between the tales, while Moore finds a different voice for each character – though most are inherently duplicitous in some manner, leading to a further commentary on the disparity between myth and reality, and which is more likely to endure over time.
This isn’t the first re-publication of Voice of the Fire. A 2004 edition from featured an introduction from Neil Gaiman and colour plates by artist José Villarrubia., and a new paperback edition, retaining all of these features, was published in July 2009.
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