The Ravenglade Estate is ‘broken Britain’ as its worse.
Plagued by ASBO-wielding gangs, boarded-up shops stinking with human despair, scattered with piles of rubbish from a month-long binmen strike – this is the Daily Mail’s worst nightmare.
But there are far worse things lurking on Ravenglade Estate…
Cradlegrave – on sale from 13th October – is the ultimate urban horror from the extraordinary mind of writer John Smith and the pen of artist Edmund Bagwell, which first appeared in 2000AD and quickly got fans excited.
“I think it was the cover of prog 1633 that did it for me,” commented one of the team on Those We Leave Behind. “That got my attention, and what followed from that was TWLB reacquainting itself with that fine institution 2000AD. A joy it is too.
“…it is handled with superior skill – the writing of John Smith and the art of Edward Bagwell combine to give you a fully realized kitchen sink drama of a ‘rough’ estate in England with the blurry unease of terror creeping in from the edges. It is nothing less than superb, and I believe will rank amongst the best stories that 2000AD has ever hosted.”
After serving eight months in a Young Offenders Institute, Shane Holt returns home during a long, hot summer to find that there is something lurking behind the locked doors and the security shutters – something far more rotten than petty drug dealing and larceny.
With an introduction from the master of the genre, Ramsey Campbell, Cradlegrave is a classic-in-waiting for modern horror – evil invading not from outside, but from within the mundane, hopeless world of a British ‘sink estate’.
• Craglegrave, ISBN 978-1-907992-46-9
• Hardcover, 96 pages; Publisher: Rebellion (13 Oct 2011)
• Cover price of £13.99
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.