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Lizzie Boyle

Current Unseen Shadows Projects:The Heart Which Makes Us

Website: http://lizzieboylesays.wordpress.com/

About Lizzie

Lizzie Boyle is a writer of comics and fiction. She produced Lost: Boys and How To Kill Bears for Disconnected Press in 2012 and has also been published in FutureQuake’s Something Wicked, Hallowscream, Dr WTF!? and Disconnected Vols 1 and 2. Her short fiction was published in the Bristol Short Story Prize anthology in July 2012, and she has been shortlisted for the Fish Publishing Short Story Prize, the Frome Short Story Competition and the Flash500 Flash Fiction Competition.

Why did I step into the Unseen Shadows?

Because of a badger and a book.

The badger was more a badgering. Writer Richmond Clements (author of Operation Solomon and Historia) told me that I really should send some ideas to Barry. And then told me again. And again. Eventually, just to shut him up, I bought the book of Fallen Heroes.

I read the novel over Christmas 2012. I stopped only to fulfil the biological functions essential to human survival. I was hooked. Here was this world populated by the brave and the wicked, the bloody and the surreal. Here were these people fighting against forces they didn’t understand with little more than trust and persistence on their side. And from the moment Kathryn and Luther made their first appearance – approaching a hideous crime scene with sharp insight and even sharper wit – I knew I specifically wanted to find out more about them.

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Virgil Yendell

Current Unseen Shadows Projects:Bob Kelsey Investigates: Neck on the Line

Website: Coming Soon

About Virgil

Virgil Yendell is a London based archaeologist who spends as much of his free time as possible making up stories. He has had stories published in the comic anthology series Futurequake and has a number more coming out in forthcoming Futurequake Press publications such as Something Wicked. Virgil edits the new small press anthology series T4L Comic and is forever working on the unfinished epic that is Beating the Bounds, which combines his love of modern myth with the history of the City of London.

Why did I step into the Unseen Shadows?

Virgil stumbled across Unseen shadows at a Thought Bubble comic convention and as a big fan of mixed genre fantasy such as Fallen Heroes was lost from there in. After engorging himself on the book and comics he was drawn in by the ambitious and exciting project being undertaken by Barry and the creative team. The idea of working with the brilliant and talented people in the creative team excited him almost as much as helping in a small part to build the Unseen Shadows reality across differing media and from differing character angles and threads.

Corey Brotherson

Current Unseen Shadows Projects: Stolen, Fight or Flight

Website:http://cbrotherson.blogspot.co.uk/

About Corey

Corey Brotherson is a London based writer and producer for Sony Computer Entertainment Europe, who’s been creating content for the games industry on a whole since 2000. He’s worked as an editor, staff writer, producer and critic for over a dozen publications and companies, including Electronic Arts, Sky One, Central/ITV, Yahoo!, Eurogamer, Channel 4 Teletext’s Game Central, Games Domain, Official PS2 Mag, Vivendi Universal, ComiX-Fan, Boomtown and more.

On the comic book front, he’s the co-creator/writer of ongoing fantasy graphic novel series Magic of Myths, and written a variety of shorts for Daniel Lundie’s Tales from the Plex anthology (Bad Luck Inc.; L33tspeak; A Twilight’s Promise) as well as stories for several other anthologies, including Bayou Arcana Volume One: Songs of Loss and Redemption (Irons in the Fire). He is also the adapting graphic novel writer of transmedia maestro Yomi Ayeni’s Clockwork Watch. There are other things up his sleeves aswell, but he’s not allowed to talk about those yet. It’s just as well – he needs the sleep.

Why did I step into the Unseen Shadows?

Fallen Heroes represents a massive cauldron of everything I like in genre stories – big set pieces, memorable protagonists, fast paced excitement, character driven action, verbal trickery and a hint of the mysterious. There’s a lot there, all in an incredible world where the most unexpected things can happen. The potential that exists within the Unseen Shadows universe is immense, and I get to play with toys in a sandbox of very talented creators and fantastically realised characters.

So I guess the real question is: which writer wouldn’t?

Martin  Conaghan

Current Unseen Shadows Projects: Fallen Heroes the Comic Adaptation

About Martin

Martin’s first published writing work appeared in Aceville Publications’ Comic World in 1992, in the form of interviews with comic-book writers and artists such as Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell. This was followed by a one-off Tharg’s Terror Tale in the 1995 2000AD Yearbook and several short stories for the American publisher Caliber Comics, including an issue of their popular Raven Chronicles title. 

Why did I step into the Unseen Shadows?

Fallen Heroes is jam-packed full of fantastic ideas and thrilling set-pieces. I’m looking forward to finding out where I can take Barry’s rich characters when I translate them on to the comic-book page; from the reluctant hero Jason Chen to the ruthless demon stalker Napoleon Stone.

It has everything; a great blend of mythology, science-fiction, action and the supernatural – all told in a very visual style – it’s perfect for the graphic novel format.”


Cy Dethan

Current Unseen Shadows Projects: Wrath of God, The Immaculate Abortion of Dina Leigh, Blood Cries Out

Website:http://www.cydethan.com/

About Cy

Cy Dethan is a British writer who has quickly established himself within the comics industry, producing material for Markosia Enterprises, Mongoose Publishing and Insomnia Publications.

In 2007, Cy was hand-picked to take over the reins of Markosia’s flagship ongoing series, Starship Troopers. He has subsequently written several creator-owned series for Markosia, including Slaughterman’s Creed and The Indifference Engine.

Cy’s first creator-owned book, Cancertown: An Inconvenient Tooth was a major independent hit, and a sequel, Cancertown: Blasphemous Tumours, was announced by Markosia in 2011.

Before turning to comics, Cy was an award-winning freelance copywriter and editor. Prior to that he was a professional magician and, quite frankly, he’d rather not talk about that…

Why did I step into the Unseen Shadows?

“The project offered an opportunity to dive into an incredibly rich background and really find out what drove these characters. The Reverend just erupted out of the novel for me, and I leaped at the chance to get into his head and take a closer look at what it had cost him to become the man he is.”




Richmond Clements

Current Unseen Shadows Projects:  Operation Solomon, Historia

Website:http://richwriting.blogspot.com/

About Richmond

Richmond Clements is, among other things, an editor at FutureQuake Press, father of two, comic writer and partner of Vicky Stonebridge with whom he co-organises the Hi-Ex comic convention in Inverness.

He has written countless scripts for 2000AD fanzines Zarjaz and Dogbreath, Turning Tiger for Renegade Arts Entertainment, Ketsueki for Markosia Publications, a graphic novel he’s not telling you about as yet for Com.X and a load of reviews and stuff for Forces of Geek and the Fortean Times and Clint.

He’s quite busy really, but thankfully he quite enjoys making things up in his head and writing them down. Like all writers, he lives in fear of the day that an editor realises that this is all that he is doing, so please don’t tell any of them! Hold on… didn’t it say up there that he was an editor too..? Oh the irony!

Why did I step into the Unseen Shadows?

“Because I wanted to find out what was in the darkness.”


Pete Rogers

Current Unseen Shadows Projects: Napoleon Stone and the Fragments of Fate

Website:http://peter-rogers.com/

About Pete

Peter Rogers is a British writer and creator, living in Cardiff, South Wales.   His first published work was in Dimestore Productions’ Mysterious Visions After Dark anthology and he went on to co-found Orang Utan Comics, co-creating and writing for their 11th Hour and FTL anthologies.   His most recent work includes  Fame:Beckham for Bluewater Productions and cyber-fantasy  graphic novel The Interactives coming Summer 2011 from Markosia.

Why did I step into the Unseen Shadows?

“I was a big fan of the book and it’s the kind of story where you start to picture what else the characters have done or will do. This gave me a great excuse to find out. “



Dan Thompson

Current Unseen Shadows Projects: Band of Butchers, Ashfall

Website:http://beyondthebunker.com/

About Dan

Dan Thompson is an English writer and comedian. His work includes the award winning short films [Box] Fresh and The Devil’s Fork, as well as his critically acclaimed 2009 live show Pecker and Foof Save The World.

Dan started Beyond The Bunker with Steve Penfold in early 2010 as a way of publishing interesting yet accessible comics, aimed solidly at a mainstream audience. The first of these books is Moon, an action-comedy about a detective with a moon for a head.

Dan lives in South London with his fiancée and several rodents (both invited and otherwise). He also thinks you look lovely with your hair like that.

Why did I step into the Unseen Shadows?

“For me, working within the Unseen Shadows universe was all about the characters. I’d wanted to work with a lot of the other guys on the project for a while but I needed to be sure that there was a story in there that I could bring something to. I started reading the Fallen heroes novel and making notes, I had a few ideas but nothing that wasn’t already being really well covered by the main title…then I found Clancy.

Now, Clancy’s actually in the book from almost the first page, but it’s not until about half way through that you start to get a sense of what he’s about. I loved the idea of this stone cold killer who can feel his own humanity slipping away but knows that he probably won’t do anything about it. There’s something kind of tragic about it.

At the same time that I was having ideas about how to expand Clancy’s story I found myself gaining a real affection for the rest of the Blacklight team as well. Barry writes really great supporting characters and the thought that these guys might only get a panel or two in the main Fallen Heroes comic was killing me.

So I put all that together, sent it off to Barry and here we are. Tragic villains, great support characters, a chance to write something very different to my usual work, what more reason does a writer need?

Oh and cake. I distinctly remember being promised cake.”



Alan White

Current Unseen Shadows Projects:  Tales of the Fallen: Empire of Blood (Audio Drama)

Website: Twitter; https://twitter.com/NewMutant
Facebook; http://www.facebook.com/people/New-Mutant/100000226745774

About Alan

Alan White has been a creator of stories since that day he was inspired by a family quartet of super-powered adventurers who faced down a giant purple-clad world-eater up among the skyscrapers of New York City. Whether it was with action figures cut out of cardboard, mock-ups of comic-books drawn on 8.5 x 11 copier paper, or the medieval landscapes shared between the imaginations of roleplayers, Alan has always found a way to escape the mundane and go where only a few of his peers have ever ventured.

In the mid-Eighties, he wrote and drew his first professional publication, The Power Principle then promptly dropped out of creative sight for the next 20 years.

In 1999, talk of Bryan Singer’s “X-Men” brought him out of hiding. Because the interwebs held answers about the development of this movie, he donned the online persona of “New Mutant” and dove into the cyberstreams headfirst. He hasn’t come up for air since.

The online community has presented Alan with innumerable friends and rekindled his creative spark. In 2006, he grew acquainted with the superheroic Matt Atherton, and has since been collaborating with him and his Tech Support fanbase to produce the online audio dramatizations of his alter ego, Feedback, the season one winner of Stan Lee & Sci-Fi Network’s “Who Wants To Be A Superhero?” You can find those BrokenSea Audio Production episodes running in rebroadcast on the Geek Syndicate network.

Alan lives in the same New York City where that adventure-family faced down the world-eater. Or … somewhat to the right-angle of it.

Why did I step into the Unseen Shadows?

“Among the cyberfriends of my online geek community, I’ve always been drawn to the deep bond between the Geek Syndicate podcast co-hosts Barry & Dave, where incidentally I watched and cheered the rising success of Barry’s novel “Fallen Heroes.” I was content to do that from the sidelines until Barry began to grow the property and welcome contributors to the pulp-fictioney, action-adventurey, swashbucklery-archeologic secret-societal tomb-raiding world of the Unseen Shadows.

Soon as I knew I could play with some of that same world’s rich characters and explore some of their stories in the audio drama format that I’ve fel in love with, I was all in. Barry had me at the word “Cheers!”


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