Bloomsbury is to publish an "astonishing" collection of short stories and a five-title fantasy series from Alan Moore.
Paul Baggaley, editor-in-chief at Bloomsbury UK, and Daniel Loedel, senior editor at Bloomsbury US, acquired UK, Commonwealth and North American rights, including audio, from James Wills at Watson, Little for both Illuminations, the short story collection, and the five-volume series Long London.
Illuminations features tales about ghosts and "otherwordly creatures", and explores the power of imagination and magic. The Long London quintet will be set across the 20th century, with the first set in 1949, interrogating the "sometimes accessible shadow city that is beyond time". It follows writers, criminals, artists and magicians through the capital, in a mythical world of "murder, magic and madness".
Baggaley said: "I only publish a few authors, but I couldn’t resist this unique opportunity from one of the most original and talented creative figures of the last 50 years. Alan Moore is simply a legend and
it has been such a pleasure to listen to him talk about his ambitious Long London series as well as discovering the range of his shorter fiction. These projects have set Bloomsbury alight!"
Wills added: "Illuminations blew my mind and I can think of no one better than Alan to write this truly astounding series, making, as he does, mundane things spectacular and fantastical things everyday.’
Loedel said: "Alan Moore is one of the most inventive minds of our time. The stories in Illuminations are dazzlingly original and brimming with energy, and the Long London series promises to be epic and unforgettable, a tour-de-force of magic and history."
Moore's works include V for Vendetta, From Hell and Watchmen, for which he won the Hugo Award. Commenting on his upcoming projects, he said: "At a moment in my career when I am bursting with fiction, bursting with prose, I couldn't be happier with the new home that I've found at Bloomsbury: a near legendary independent publisher with a spectacular list and a fierce commitment to expanding the empire of the word. I have a feeling this will be a very productive partnership."
Illuminations will publish in autumn 2022, and the first installment of Long London will be released in 2024.