I got home Friday to find the months-delayed Illustrated Gormenghast Trilogy from Overlook Press waiting at my front door. For you Mervyn Peake fans out there (and I know there are some of you!): It was worth the wait. It's a handsome hardcover volume with an introduction by Michael Moorcock and illustrations by the author himself. Like Swelter here:
One might wish for more professional illustrations, I suppose (Charles Vess, or the like, maybe) but seeing Peake's concepts of his own characters is great.
For those unfamiliar with Peake or Gormenghast, here's bit of tease from the publisher:
"Enter the world of Gormenghast. The vast crumbling castle to which the seventy-seventh Earl, Titus Groan, is Lord and heir. Titus is expected to rule this Gothic labyrinth of turrets and dungeons, cloisters and corridors as well as the eccentric and wayward subjects. Over the course of these three novels--Titus Groan, Gormenghast, and Titus Alone --Titus must contend with a kingdom about to implode beneath the weight of centuries of intrigue, treachery, manipulation and murder."There's also an official Mervyn Peake website here with more insights into the author and his works, including Gormenghast.