Alan Moore's H.P. Lovecraft-inspired comic series Neonomicon is set to debut later this year, but series artist Jacen Burrows recently dropped some knowledge on the cyclopean horror that readers can expect.
Way back in 1994 Alan Moore wrote a short prose story for The Starry Wisdom: A Tribute to H. P. Lovecraft. In 2003 Antony Johnston and myself adapted the Courtyard for Avatar with Moore standing in as acting editor on the project. Now here we are in 2010 and we are finally getting ready to release Neonomicon the sequel scripted by Alan Moore himself. The story centers on an FBI team investigating a spree of grisly crimes that started at the end of the Courtyard. The story features a brilliant deconstruction and modernization of the H.P. Lovecraft world as only Alan Moore could do it. And believe me, Lovecraft channeled through Alan Moore is a dark, disturbing, mind warping thing. Those unfamiliar with Lovecraft or the Courtyard should still find it an intensely affecting work of horror.
Of course, Moore has a lot on his plate at the moment (including writing an opera with Gorillaz mavens Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett and finishing up The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen: Century miniseries), but it's heartening to see this project getting press. Neonomicon will be published by Avatar Press.