At the funeral of her mysterious and eccentric husband, widow Zelda mourns for the man she never knew: Thaddeus Mist kept a lifetime of secrets. She confronts each guest in search of the truth but flawed memory and imagination moulds the tales told: grave robbing, cannibalism, murder in the jungle. Seven stories, seven different men. These confessions disgust, inspire, and scare her, but it falls to Zelda to decide – Who On Earth Was Thaddeus Mist?
Edited by Owen Michael Johnson, this gothic novel centres on a burial in eight bold parts, and features the work of several comic creators, including writers David West, Mark Douglas, Benjamin Dickson, Max Deacon, Jim Schmitzer and Andrew Cheverton and artists Marleen Lowe, Conor Boyle, Steve Howard, Mark Penman, Leonardo, Nicola Patten, Rhys L Reed and Jack Tempest.
Conor Boyle is the main artist on the book, with a narrative written by Owen framing the other stories, and overseeing the art direction on the book, in order to make sure the transitions and stories meshed together correctly.
“Produced for Accent UK, this was a monstrously ambitious undertaking, a Victorian period concept anthology and mystery tale influenced by the great works of English literature,” says Owen. “Through it I worked with and befriended a plethora of intensely talented creators who I am proud to call collaborators. The book has become somewhat hard to find. Hopefully [its distribution on Amazon] will remedy that.”
The founder of downthetubes, which he established in 1998. John works as a comics and magazine editor, writer, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. He is currently editor of Star Trek Explorer, published by Titan – his third tour of duty on the title originally titled Star Trek Magazine.
Working in British comics publishing since the 1980s, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Babylon 5 Magazine, and more. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War” and “Dan Dare”.
He’s the writer of “Pilgrim: Secrets and Lies” for B7 Comics; “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood.