This book explores a number of Alan Moore's works in various forms, including comics, performance, short prose and the novel, and presents a scholarly study of these texts. It offers additional readings to argue for a politically charged sense of Moore's position within the Gothic tradition, investigates surreal Englishness in The Bojeffries Saga, and discusses the doppelganger in Swamp Thing and From Hell. Radical environmental activism can be conceived as a Gothic politics invoking the malevolent spectre of a cataclysmic eco-apocalypse. The book presents Christian W. Schneider's treatment of the apocalyptic in Watchmen and a reassessment of the significance of liminality from the Gothic tradition in V for Vendetta. It explores the relationship between Moore's work and broader textual traditions, placing particular emphasis on the political and cultural significance of intertextual relationships and adaptations. A historically sensitive reading of From Hell connects Moore's concern with the urban environment to his engagement with a range of historical discourses. The book elucidates Moore's treatment of the superhero in relation to key Gothic novels such as The Castle of Otranto and presents an analysis of the nexus of group politics and survival in Watchmen. The book also engages in Moore's theories of art, magic, resurrections, and spirits in its discourse A Small Killing, A Disease of Language, and the Voice of the Fire. It also explores the insight that his adaptations of H.P. Lovecraft, which are laced with heterocosms and bricolage, can yield for broader understandings of his forays into the occult.
Unearthing the uncanny in Alan Moore’s A Small Killing, From Hell and A Disease of Language
and Ladders , which were adapted into comics by Eddie
Campbell and later collected as ADiseaseofLanguage . In
these works Moore explores the relationship between alienating
environments and minds pushed to the brink of madness by violence
The notion that Moore draws much from the Gothic is
supported by the fact that
Heterocosms and bricolage in Moore’s recent reworkings of Lovecraft
Matthew J.A. Green
‘Alan Moore interviewed by Eddie Campbell’,
Egomania , 2 ( 2002 ), 1–32
(pp. 18–22); reprinted in Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell,
ADiseaseofLanguage (London: Knockabout Comics, 2010 ), pp. 109–40.
Alan Moore Spells It Out , interview