Forking H***! Comic artists Boo Cook and Simon Davis go all (spookily) musical

Forktail by Boo Cook and Simon Davis

We all know comic creators have many strings to their bows, and 2000AD artists Boo Cook and Simon Davis are no exception. They’ve just released an album via Bandcamp, Forktail, a love letter to all things folk horror/ Wicker Man and ancient ways. And there are live performances in the works, too.

A year and a half in the making, the album also features collaborations with artists Simon Coleby on the album and Frazer Irving in the live band set up. (There’s even a cameo from Alan Moore).

As to what’s on the album… well, the answer is simple. A song about paying nature’s cloven-footed tithe in return for food… the plight of the majestic Red Kite interwoven with the plight of almighty Pan… the first ever human jam session being interrupted by a mammoth hunt… a song about cider and summery fields… terror gripping the night as the mutated wild boar of Baphomet rampages through a misty forest… wolves tearing through a Transylvanian chapel… Austin Osman Spare shuffling home to draw after a night on old London town… the blackest bearded familiar strikes home it’s horns… mantras of peace emanating from ancient Stonehenge… all these things and four score more…

Fabulous, right?

Forktail art by Bern Campbell
Forktail art by Bern Campbell

I’ve had a listen and it’s right up my street – those of you who know me will also know I have eclectic taste, but there’s a a wonderful eerie frisson to this whole project that I love. It’s also attracting some great interpretations, by artists such as Bern Campbell, for example.

I’m hoping to catch up with Boo and Simon soon to talk to them about this foray into “spooky folk”, which is deservedly earning them air time on several independent radio stations and praise from fellow comic creators.

“I’d just like to recommend this wonderful new folk-horror album by Boo Cook and Si Davis,” enthuses Porcelain writer Ben Dickson, for example. “It kind of reminds me of Black Sabbath’s first album, albeit in a different genre. Great for writing to.”

The physical album comes in a lovely recycled eco-friendly gatefold digipak, with inner sleeve artwork by Roz Morrison. Purchase includes unlimited streaming of Forktail via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.

Forktail - CD CoverNot for the nervous or those of frail nature when it comes to dark words and mutterings.

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John Freeman

The founder of downthetubes, John describes himself as is a "freelance comics operative", working as an editor, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. John has worked in British comics publishing for over 30 years. His credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine at Marvel UK and Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine at Titan Magazines. He also edited STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics, including Team M.O.B.I.L.E. and The Beatles Story. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare” for Tian Books. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.