Duncan Long has released his Christmas gift for his fans – a newly illustrated version of Edgar Allan Poe’s Masque of the Red Death (in PDF format).
“A Poe story may seem an odd choice for Christmas,” he notes, “but in fact it’s in keeping with English tradition of telling ghost stories around the fireplace on Christmas (yes, an arguably odd tradition – as are most).
British readers will confirm this – the BBC has recently revived A Ghost Story for Christmas, screenings of ghost stories, most by MR James, an idea the broadcaster first came up with in the 1970s. (There’s a fan site about them here: www.ghoststoryforchristmas.co.uk)
When not creating his own editions of Poe’s stories and poems, Duncan works as a freelance magazine and book illustrator for HarperCollins, PS Publishing, Pocket Books, Solomon Press, Fort Ross, ISFiC Press, and many other publishers and self-publishing authors.
• Check out his book illustrations at: http://DuncanLong.com/art.html
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.
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