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Saturday, February 17, 2024

New book by Alan Moore and Steve Moore will be out soon

A new book has been announced that will please some of my friends: The Moon and Serpent Bumper Book of Magic by Alan Moore and Steve  Moore, out on Oct. 15, hardcover $50 in the U.S. 

When I forwarded a press release about the book to Gregory Arnott, he told me, "I've been waiting on this for sixteen years. I feel like I've received life changing news."

I assume most of the people reading this blog will know who Alan Moore is, the English author of the novel Jerusalem, and various famous comic books such as Watchmen and V for Vendetta. Steve Moore (no relation to Alan), who died in 2014, also was a comics writer and writer; his novel Somnium is one of the best fantasy novels I ever read. In the afterword of the 2017 edition of Somnium, Alan calls Steve "my oldest, best and strangest friend."

Here is the news release from Top Shelf Productions, I will put artwork from the release at the bottom of this post:

LOS ANGELES, CA (February 16, 2024). Internationally celebrated publishers Top Shelf Productions (USA) and Knockabout Ltd (UK) are proud to announce the publication date of the long-awaited THE MOON AND SERPENT BUMPER BOOK OF MAGIC. Born of the longstanding creative partnership between legendary writer Alan Moore (From Hell) and his creative and magical mentor Steve Moore (no relation), this celebration of magic and the occult has been meticulously under development for nearly two decades and is brought to life through a combination of prose, illustration, and sequential art from five incredible artists. This veritable grimoire of the magical, the mystical, and even the macabre will be on sale in October 2024.

The secrets of the celebrated Moon and Serpent Grand Egyptian Theatre of Marvels (sorcery by appointment since circa 150 AD) promise to be revealed in THE MOON AND SERPENT BUMPER BOOK OF MAGIC. This clear and practical grimoire of the occult pairs the knowledge of the proprietors of the aforementioned Grand Egyptian Theatre with illuminating visual delights from artists Kevin O’Neill, John Coulthart, Steve Parkhouse, Rick Veitch, and Ben Wickey. Unprecedented in its scope and splendor, this tome is full to bursting with illustrated instructional essays, activity pages, biographies of the great sorcerers, and forbidden knowledge sure to tantalize even the most disillusioned of adults into believing in magic once again.

“One of the great honors of my publishing career has been to work with Alan Moore on so many monumental projects, like From Hell and Lost Girls,” says Chris Staros, Editor-in-Chief of Top Shelf Productions. “THE MOON AND SERPENT BUMPER BOOK OF MAGIC represents an amazing capstone, created by Alan and Steve, and brilliantly brought to life by five unforgettable artists. It’s been a privilege to watch those magical minds spend years building this grimoire, and I’m proud to join Knockabout in finally sharing it with the world.”

THE MOON AND SERPENT BUMPER BOOK OF MAGIC (ISBN 978-1-60309-550-1) will be available in fine bookstores and comic shops in October 2024.


Written by Alan Moore & Steve Moore

Art by Kevin O’Neill, John Coulthart, Steve Parkhouse, Rick Veitch, and Ben Wickey

Book design by John Coulthart

ISBN 978-1-60309-550-1 | 9" x 12" hardcover | 352 pages | $49.99 (US)

Co-published by Top Shelf Productions & Knockabout LTD (UK)

Available everywhere books are sold in October 2024


Rarebit Fiend said...

I felt as if I'd received devastating news. It was an odd couple of hours wrapping my head around this: something you knew would happen but also doubted...I don't know. Anyways, this is a Big Deal.

Oz is working on a follow up to his last post and then we'll be collaborating on a reflection about Lion of Light. After those posts are made I'm planning on making a post to try to make some of the information I've obsessively gathered over the past decade and a half about The Bumper Book, in case anyone is interested.

Lvx15 said...

Yes, Fiend!