Ladies and gentlemen, we welcome you to the Pitt Rivers Museum, to this, the book launch of ‘The Vorrh’ by B. Catling. We thank you for being with us tonight, and we thank the Pitt Rivers Museum for hosting us this evening, in a venue that wouldn’t look out of place within the pages of the book itself. (more…)
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Honest Publishing is proud to announce the launch of THE VORRH by BRIAN CATLING at the PITT RIVERS MUSEUM in Oxford on 15 November 2012, 6.00pm.
THE VORRH is Brian Catling’s long-awaited epic fantasy creation, the first novel in an astounding new trilogy. The launch features an exclusive reading by Brian Catling. There will also be a special guest appearance by renowned fantasy writer ALAN MOORE. He is to announce the winner of the prize draw, who will receive an original and collectible piece of artwork by Brian Catling.
BRIAN CATLING is an artist, sculptor, writer and poet, whose works include A Court of Miracles (2009), The Stumbling Block (1990) and The Blindings (1995) published by Book Works. He is Professor of Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art, University of Oxford and has performed and exhibited at numerous galleries and venues including the Serpentine, the ICA, and Matt’s Gallery.
ALAN MOORE has written the foreword to The Vorrh. He is a celebrated British writer of comics and graphic novels, particularly well-known for his works Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell.
The PITT RIVERS MUSEUM is a department of the University of Oxford and a world-renowned centre for teaching and research. The museum was founded in 1884 when General Pitt Rivers, an influential figure in the development of archaeology and evolutionary anthropology, gave his collection to the University. Today it displays over half a million archaeological and ethnographic objects from all parts of the world.
Pitt Rivers Museum
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Oxford, OX1 3PP
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ISBN: 9780957142718 | 512 pages
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Prepare to lose yourself in the heady, mythical expanse of the Vorrh.
In B. Catling’s twisting, poetic narrative, Bakelite robots lie broken – their hard shells cracked by human desire – and an inquisitive cyclops waits for his keeper and guardian, growing in all directions. Beyond the colonial city of Essenwald lies the Vorrh, the forest which sucks souls and wipes minds. There, a writer heads out on a giddy mission to experience otherness, fallen angels observe humanity from afar, and two hunters – one carrying a bow carved from his lover, the other a charmed Lee-Enfield rifle – fight to the end.
Thousands of miles away, famed photographer Eadweard Muybridge attempts to capture the ultimate truth, as rifle heiress Sarah Winchester erects a house to protect her from the spirits of her gun’s victims.
In the tradition of China Miéville, Michael Moorcock and Alasdair Gray, B. Catling’s The Vorrh is literary dark fantasy which wilfully ignores boundaries, crossing over into surrealism, magic-realism, horror and steampunk.