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Lair of the Beasts: A Monstrous Graphic Novel!
By Nick Redfern
December 24, 2011
Available right now is a brand new graphic novel written and illustrated by a friend of mine who lives in Wales named Simon Wyatt. Its title is Unbelievable: The Man Who Ate Daffodils, and it is a fine tale of terror guaranteed to attract the attention of fans of the horror genre, comic-books, and all things mysterious and macabre.
If you have read my 2011 book, The Real Men in Black, you will have seen examples of Simon's excellent artwork contained within its pages. Specifically: the drawings of two Men in Black and of the legendary and monstrous Mothman of Point Pleasant, West Virginia, and of The Mothman Prophecies movie and book fame.
So, with that said, what is Simon's book all about? Well, I'll tell you! And probably the best way for me to do exactly that is by including here the Foreword I wrote for Simon's book, and which reads as follows:
"Not only is Simon Wyatt a highly-skilled artist and a gifted story-teller with a fine imagination, he's also a mate. And so, when Simon asked me if I would be willing to write a foreword for his latest mighty, monstrous, tome, my answer was a quick and enthusiastic 'Yes!'
"So, after a copy of the manuscript made its way across the Atlantic to my home in Dallas, Texas, I sat down on what was an appropriately dark, stormy and windswept night to read Simon's story. And, I'm very pleased that I did!
"Simon has skillfully weaved together a swirling tale of magical, Gothic, cryptozoological and sinister proportions that rather reminds me of a perfect combination of those classic old Hammer horror-films of the late 1950s and 1960s; The Hound of the Baskervilles; Primeval; Scooby-Doo; The Secret Seven; and a good old adventure tale of the type that are sorely missed today. And all told in Simon's own unique style and brand, too, of course.
"Hideous killer-beasts roaming around the darkened, shadowy streets of a small Welsh town; creepy and eccentric characters with black secrets and hidden agendas; a few adventurous kids who are at the heart of the puzzle; fantastic myths and tales of centuries past; and much more all combine to create a suspense-filled story that will appeal to anyone and everyone with an appreciation of all-things weird and ominously atmospheric.
"Part-detective story, part-monster hunt, and part-whodunit, the story Simon tells will keep you entertained right up to (and including, of course!) the absolute last page. And the very good news is that more volumes - and more dark goings-on - are destined to follow! Keep 'em coming, Si!"
And, if all that has now caught your attention (and hopefully it has!), here's a link where you can find more about Simon's work, his new book, Unbelievable, and how and where to purchase your very own copies. Click on the link for all the info:
Markosia's website listing and order details: http://www.markosia.com/wordpress/titles/unbelievable-the-man-who-ate-daffodilis/
Nick Redfern’s new book is Keep Out!, which is available now from all good book-selling outlets.