Episode one of my brand-new folk-horror series is out this week in 2000 AD with art by Leigh Gallagher and letters by Simon Bowland.
Some amazing reviews just in. Thanks to everyone for your kind words and support!
"A tremendously entertaining story with fabulous characters, gleeful performances, and a sharp, twisty plot... a fantastic first audio release for Warhammer Crime." Read the full review at TRACK OF WORDS.
"Dredge Runners is utterly brilliant! A fantastic crime caper." Read the full review at THE ORKNEY NEWS.
"[A] great beginning to the new Warhammer Crime range." Read the full review at BOOKNEST.
"A perfect introduction to the seedier side of the Imperium of Man, and a cracking tale to boot." Read the full review at AT BOUNDARY'S EDGE.
With the 2020 Black Library Open Submission window opening for two weeks in October, Michael at the amazing Warhammer blog Track of Words asked if I had any useful tips for prospective writers.
I gabbled a response, which Mike was kind enough to give a blog all to itself.
I hope there are a few prospective writers out there who might find this useful...
WRITING FOR BLACK LIBRARY: ALEC WORLEY TALKS PITCHING WARHAMMER HORROR
Michael over at the amazing Black Library blog TRACK OF WORDS has just had me on for a rapid-fire interview about the forthcoming WARHAMMER CRIME audio DREDGE RUNNERS, which is available for pre-order as of Saturday 1st August.
Here's the pitch (to be read in the style of a 1940s noir trailer)...
He’s the fast-talking ratling sniper with an eye for the big score!
He’s the ogryn, the muscle, the hooligan with a heart of gold and a head full of dreams!
Abhuman soldiers turned THIEVES, surviving in a city where only GUTS will get you through!
When they land in the pocket of a savage crime lord, BAGGIT AND CLODDE are sent to spy on the cleanest Sanctioner in town.
Together they uncover a scam that threatens to shake the city to the core!
Now there’s innocent lives at stake, as well as a fortune that could finally buy the boys a ticket out of the gutter!
Baggit and Clodde must think fast and hustle hard, before death points a laspistol in their direction!
This month’s Judge Dredd Megazine – monthly sister publication of 2000 AD – features a horrific new tale by myself, artist Leigh Gallagher and letterer Simon Bowland.
Tales From the Black Museum
Mega-City One, 2142 AD. Deep in the heart of the Grand Hall of Justice lies the Black Museum, Justice Department’s permanent exhibition of the relics from bygone crimes. Whether it’s a notorious serial killer’s trophies or the weapons of the Dark Judges, the violent history of the Big Meg is laid bare here. Let undead guide Henry Dubble show you around…
This one-shot focuses upon Abel Funtch, a young man who learns that he is suffering from a terrible supernatural affliction. But is he willing to pay the price to cure it?
Judge Dredd Megazine 422 is out now!
Packed with more action from Dredd, Blunt, and Lawless, plus new Devlin Waugh and Tales from the Black Museum!
That’s three complete stories:
Don’t forget that if you buy this issue in print direct from our webshop within the next month you’ll not pay a penny in postage fees in the UK! And if you subscribe to the Megazine you’ll get a FREE print of each month’s cover with each issue!
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Sword-and-sorcery heroine Black Beth returns this September in the Scream & Misty 2020 Special from Rebellion. This chill-packed annual features a host of stories inspired by the vintage British horror comics Scream and Misty...
Just in time for Halloween comes another 48-page anthology unloading scares on a new generation of horror fans. The Prince of Darkness comes face-to-face with an old foe in THE DRACULA FILES from Cavan Scott (Star Wars) and Italian sensation Vincenzo Riccardi, BLACK BETH’s quest for vengeance continues from the fevered minds of Alec Worley and DaNi (Coffin Bound), WW1 ghoul BLACK MAX attempts to return to the world of the living in a story by Kek-W (The Order) and Simon Coleby (The Authority). In the shadows of Victorian England lurks THE THIEF OF SENSES, courtesy of Maura McHugh (Judge Anderson) and Robin Henley (Tharg's Future Shocks). A chilling school re-enactment of Greek myth takes place in THE AEGIS by award-winning illustrator Krystina Baczinski and Mary Safro (Drugs & Wires), and clowns are far from funny in BUMPS IN THE NIGHT by Olivia Hicks (Grand Slam Romance) and John Lucas (Ghost Rider).
On sale in comic shops, UK newsagents and the 2000 AD webstore, September 2020, £4.99
Myself and Durham Red artist Ben Willsher have landed a spooky story in this year’s Tales for a HalloweeNight, the annual anthology from the husband/wife team of producer Sandy King and horror legend John Carpenter.
Wait a second… I’m in an anthology headlined by the guy who made the movies I cut my teeth on: Dark Star, Assault on Precinct 13, Halloween, The Fog, Escape From New York, The Thing, Big Trouble in Little China, They Live and more!
This is my first script for a US comic and it’s a folk horror tale set in rural Ireland about a young woman returning home to find her mother threatened by a shadowy presence in the nearby woods.
It features alongside a host of tales from a range of diverse talents including Elena Carrillo (author), Renae De Liz (author/artist), Amanda Deibert (author), Dennis Calero (author/artist), Jennie Wood (author), Duane Swierczynski (author), Frank Tieri (author), Andy Price (author/artist), David J. Schow (author), Jaime Carrillo (artist), Cat Staggs (artist), Richard P. Clark (artist), Sara Richard (Artist), Tim Bradstreet (Artist), Nick Percival (artist), as well as John Carpenter himself and series editor Sandy King (an all-round wonderful lady).
Check out Volume Six of John Carpenter’s Tales for a HalloweeNight, the award-winning graphic novel series fast becoming a horror comic institution!
Available for pre-order on Amazon UK and Amazon US
You can also check out the previous anthologies on Comixology
Find out more about Storm King Comics at stormkingcomics.com, as well as Twitter @stormkingcomics, Facebook, YouTube, and Instagram.
Boasting phenomenal art by superstar artist Ingo Romling, my comics adaptation of Greg Rucka’s Smuggler’s Run has now been collected in a German-language edition. First published in Panini Germany's Das Star Wars Universum magazine #1-4 (January-March 2018), this adaptation of a key Han Solo novel for younger readers is a must for Star Wars collectors.
The first Death Star has been destroyed, but the struggle against the Empire continues! Han Solo and his co-pilot Chewbacca embark on a daring secret mission with the Millennium Falcon to rescue an important lieutenant from the rebels from the agents of the Imperial Security Bureau, who are close on his heels.
The comic is set between Star Wars: A New Hope and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.
The German-language version Smuggler’s Run is now available on Amazon.
The fourth story in my Sister Adamanthea series is an audio drama! Following on from short stories Whispers, Repentia and Martyr's End, this new audio drama collects the three-parter released last December...
Sister Adamanthea, returned from repentance and revered by the faithful as a symbol of the Emperor's will, must cast her doubts aside when disaster strikes during a holy parade.
Hear a thrilling tale of a soul redeemed but riven with doubt, and delve into the murky politics of the Ecclesiarchy, and the many temptations that the Dark Imperium has to offer…
Sister Adamanthea is a Repentia redeemed, restored to her beloved Sororitas and hailed as a ‘living miracle’. But behind closed doors she is haunted by a sin she believes can never be forgiven. Paraded in front of the countless pilgrims of the garden-temple of Concordia, how can she speak of faith when her own is so uncertain? When an aeons-old conspiracy finally triggers, Adamanthea must prove herself the legend she is claimed to be, or risk the forces of Chaos pulling back the shroud of lies, and shattering the faith of an entire world.
Written by Alec Worley. Running time 75 minutes. Performed by Steve Conlin, Sean Connolly, Jonathan Keeble, Penelope Rawlins, Richard Reed, Genevieve Swallow and Claire Wyatt.
Available on Audible, the Black Library webstore and on the Black Library app.