COMPETITION: Win a Copy of Magic Words: The Extraordinary Life of Alan Moore

Alan Moore (Magic Words)To celebrate the release of Lance Parkin’s biography of Alan Moore – Magic Words: The Extraordinary Life of Alan Moore which is out this week Aurum Press and Geek Syndicate have a copy of the book to giveaway. Read the synopsis below, then find out how you can enter to win and a copy.

Published with Alan Moore’s endorsement, and based on extensive original interviews with Moore and his key collaborators, this is the first literary biography of the world’s most famous comics writer.



By Lance Parkin

AURUM PRESS | 7th November 2013

 £20.00 | Hardback & Ebook


‘In Magic Words Lance Parkin has crafted a biography that is insightful, scrupulously fair-minded and often very funny, a considerable achievement given its unrelentingly grim, unreasonable and annoying subject. Belongs on the bookshelf of any halfway decent criminal profiler.’ – Alan Moore

For over three decades comics fans and creators have looked to Alan Moore to map out the state of the art of the medium. In works such as Watchmen, V for Vendetta and From Hell he has redefined the possibilities of the genre, attracting literary plaudits and a mainstream audience far removed from his cult origins. Such is his standing in popular culture that some of the biggest names in Hollywood vie to adapt his books for cinema. Yet his career is a perfect illustration of grand imagination smashing headlong into corporate mediocrity. A principled eccentric, rooted in a very English counter-culture, to this very day he lives in the town of his birth – Northampton – professing greater interest in performance art, writing erotica and the occult than he does a business he regards as exploitative and derivative. Moreover, his journey from the hippie Arts Labs of the 1970s to the bestseller lists has seen him embroiled in fierce feuds with some of the entertainment industry’s biggest companies.

On 18 November this year, Alan Moore turns sixty. In anticipation of that landmark birthday, expert and aficionado Lance Parkin goes in search of this extraordinary gentleman, and reveals a writer quite unlike any other working today.

LANCE PARKIN is a British author, best known for writing fiction and reference books for television series, most notably Doctor Who. He is an Alan Moore completist, having followed the comic maestro’s career since the 1970s, and in 2001 he wrote an acclaimed guide to Moore’s work, which has since been updated and reissued. In addition to contributing pieces to magazines such as TV Zone, SFX and Doctor Who Magazine, he is also the co-author of Dark Matters, a guide to Philip Pullman’s His Dark Materials trilogy. He lives in the USA.

In order to win email [email protected] with the subject of ‘The Extraordinary Alan Moore Comp’ and your name and postal addressThe first entry we select at random will win a copy of the book.

The competition ends Wednesday 13th November and is open to UK, Ireland, US and Canada residents.

Good luck!

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