Comedian, writer and broadcaster Frank Skinner introduces the new Folio edition of Ray Bradbury’s dark fantasy masterpiece Something Wicked This Way Comes, with thrilling illustrations by artist Tim McDonagh.
Illustrated by Chris Malbon
Introduced by Susanna Clarke
Neil Gaiman’s urban fantasy epic weaves a spell unlike any other. This special edition of Neverwhere features a new introduction by Susanna Clarke and glorious illustrations by Chris Malbon.
‘Intimate, erudite and illuminating.’
- Guillermo del Toro
Think you know London? Think again … Neil Gaiman’s modern fantasy classic invites the reader to step sideways into a hidden world of forgotten tube stations, fiefdoms and murder in the dark. This special collector’s edition features a magical introduction by Susanna Clarke, winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction, as well as Gaiman's short story ‘How the Marquis Got His Coat Back’. Artist Chris Malbon’s illustrations – including a double-page spread and full-colour chapter headings – are a maelstrom of the fantastical and the real, bursting with detail and drama. The topsy-turvy binding design has Richard Mayhew falling from one London to the other, while the slipcase is printed with a parallel version of the image, with the Lady Door slipping between worlds. The rebellious younger sibling of American Gods and Anansi Boys, Neverwhere is a dark, dangerous and irresistible fantasy adventure.
Bound in printed and blocked cloth
Set in Mentor with Tommaso as display
9 full-colour illustrations, two of which are double-page spreads, 21 colour chapter headings
Printed and blocked slipcase
10˝ x 6¾˝
Newly relocated to the big city, Richard Mayhew thinks he has a handle on life in London. He has a good job, his own flat and a beautiful girlfriend who thinks she knows what’s best for him. All that changes when he stops to help an injured homeless girl on the street – because Door is a denizen of London Below, a twin city populated by people and creatures that are invisible to everyday Londoners. Richard must contend with a world of rat-talkers and Black Friars; a world where a trip across the Night Bridge could prove fatal. On the run from assassins with his new friends, Richard will need to find his footing quickly if he is to survive. And he must, at all costs, Mind the Gap …
‘Understand this: There are two Londons. There’s London Above – that’s where you lived – and then there’s London Below – the Underside – inhabited by the people who fell through the cracks of the world. Now you’re one of them. Good night.’
Originally devised for the screen after a conversation between the author and comedian Lenny Henry, Neverwhere the TV show eventually made its debut in 1996. Following its release, Gaiman was prompted to write the novel version to circumvent the limitations of budget and, as he put it, ‘to get what I had in my head into the inside of other people’s heads.’ A slightly grubby, wild grandchild of Alice in Wonderland and The Wizard of Oz, Neverwhere continues the great tradition of dropping characters into unfamiliar worlds only for them to discover their true selves on the journey. In her introduction, novelist Susanna Clarke provides a handy guide to London Below, signposting its attractions and dangers, whilst also celebrating Neil Gaiman’s storytelling genius.
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