It’s become something of a Hallowe’en tradition for comic creators Bryan Coyle and Lee Robson to create a short comic for the season, but this year (with the help of Bolt-01), they’ve gone one better and done a full blown 22-page one-shot, The 13th Stone. It’s a deliciousy creepy tale oozing the kind of scratching the back of the eyeballs creeping horror you’d expect from this team.
Taking a job in the small English village of Argleton, archaeologist Joy Lambton finds herself wiling away her spare time investigating the ancient stones that stand on the outskirts and trying to solve one particular mystery that surrounds them: why the few sources she can find claim there are only eleven stones, when there are clearly twelve.
But when she learns of a thirteenth stone, Joy begins to uncover the strange and sinister connection they have to the village…
The 13th Stone punches all the kind of buttons those of us who grew up watching Children of the Stones and Sky in the 1970s still enjoy, while offering a sympathetic eye to both sides of those caught up in a mystery far bigger than both parties. Brian’s line work on this is graceful, understated and haunting, with just the right eye for detail to bring a healthy substance to the tale, complementing that ” what if it were true” vibe I like about the kind of fictional histories conjured here.
If you’ve ever grown up in a village with its own stone circle like me, that only adds to the enjoyment.
Brian Coyle is a writer and artist situated in Cookstown, “the Los Angeles of Mid Ulster”, and when says that when he is not tipsy on grape juice plus or engaged in being fabulous, you’ll find him on his blog, talking about comics and bad television like they were important rather than the cultural detritus of a civilisation in decline.
Happy Hallowe’en!• You can find more about the comic here on Lee’s web site and buy it from: Gumroad, Sellfy or Payhip