Behind the Shadows – Lady Mary in the Shadows

With work on the one shot ‘The Lament of Lady Mary’ nearly complete writer Pete Roger looks back on his involvement with the project.  Over to Pete…

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Having read and loved the first novel, Fallen Heroes, I was honoured to become part of the wider creative team that Barry assembled. My first contribution to Unseen Shadows was a one shot called Fragments of Fate, centering on occult expert and adventurer Professor Napoleon Stone.

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Napoleon Stone

When I was asked which other character I’d like to focus on for my next story, I knew it had to be cult leader Sir Oliver Cademus.

A knight of the first crusade and founder of the Book of Cademus, a cult it is said that continues to exert its influence today, long after Oliver’s supposed death. His return has been prophesied for several centuries by his followers.

The story I came up with was entitled The Lament of Lady Mary, and it focuses on Oliver’s relationship with his parents and in particular his Mother, the Mary of the title.  Working on this one-shot meant I was able to read sections of the as yet unpublished second novel Forgotten Warriors, and it also meant I had the chance to work with artist Conor Boyle, who I’d been wanting to collaborate with since I first saw his work.  It also meant I got to write a period piece, with the story being set around the time of the first crusade, which scratched a major writerly itch for me.  I did lots of online research into the period, watched plenty of Game of Thrones episodes, sat in Cardiff Castle grounds making notes and listened to the Kingdom of Heaven and Robin of Sherwood soundtracks as I pulled the story together.

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I worked very closely with Barry, who edited the story, and it was great to be working with the person who created the characters and universe I was playing with, a bit like writing Spider-Man under Stan Lee’s watchful eye. Barry pushed me to ditch my initial quite obvious idea that skirted around some of the plot points raised in Fallen Heroes, giving me the confidence to dig deeper to find a more personal, and far more potent narrative that felt like an integral part of the Cademus legend.  I proof read a PDF of the one-shot earlier this week, and I’m extremely proud of the story, it’s quite possibly the happiest I’ve ever been with my own writing.  I feel I got the balance right here, offering a first time reader an interesting story, while also having  the potential to have a real impact on someone who is already firmly immersed  in the world that Barry and the other associated creators have developed.  I can’t wait for it to be released, so people can see a different side of my writing and feast their eyes on Conor’s truly stellar work.

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The Lament of Lady Mary: See the Inks For Pages 1 and 2

Not too long ago we gave you a look at the first two penciled pages of art by Conor Boyle from The Lament of Lady Mary well now you can feast your eyes on those same pages with some inks applied. More stunning art from Conor to come soon! Keep an eye on our facebook page!

Enjoy!

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First Look at The Lament of Lady Mary

I bet you thought the week was going to go by without any kind of update from the guys and gals here at Unseen Shadows? Well you would be wrong. Today we give you a first look at The Lament of Lady Mary By Pete Rogers with art and letters being provided by Conor Boyle.

The story focuses on a mother dealing with her son’s return from war. In this case the war is the First Crusade and the mother Lady Mary Cademus, whose son is Sir Oliver Cademus. Readers of the Fallen Heroes novel will know that Sir Oliver is the spiritual leader of the Book of Cademus, the chief baddies in the novel.

Lady Mary Cademus lost both the men she loved in the First Crusade.  But now eight years later one of them, her son Oliver, has returned alive.   And he isn’t alone.

“So who are they?  The six who ride with you, the quiet ones who have your ear.”

Here are two pages of glorious pencils for you to drool over as well as an early look at the cover.



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Tales of the Fallen Now Available on Amazon!

Just in time for payday you can now order the first Unseen Shadows comic anthology Tales of the Fallen direct from Amazon.co.uk.

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“If, like me, you like rip-roaring testosterone fuelled pulp fiction with soldiers, and mysteries, and all round weird stuff in, then this is the book for you.” – Jonathan Ross

Synopsis

They are murderers, martyrs and mercenaries in the no-man s-land between adventure and crusade soldiers of fate and fierce honour, bound together in mystery, darkness and blood. Their enemies are shadows haunting the outermost borders of a darkening world, and as night approaches the shadows grow long.

They are the Fallen, and these are their stories.

Tales of the Fallen is an anthology of four stories featuring characters from the best selling novel Fallen Heroes by Barry Nugent.

  • Scripts: Cy Dethan, Richmond Clements, Dan Thompson, Pete Rogers
  • Pencils: Steve Penfold, Rob Carey, Conor Boyle, Roy Huteson Stewart
  • Colours: Gat Melvin, Vicky Stonebridge
  • Letters: Paul Mclaren, Nic Wilkinson
  • Covers: Steve Penfold, Gat Melvin,Rob Carey, Conor Boyle, Roy Huteson Stewart, Valia Kapadai
  • Introduction: Jonathan Ross
  • 128 pages

Reviews

“this book is filled with a whole new universe full of objects of mystery, high flying adventure, monsters, espionage, Indiana Jones-caliber action, and a whole lot of fun characters.” – Ainitcool

an intriguing package for a pulp series that blends different genres effectively.” –NewPulp

First Look at Operation Solomon Cover!

So with work underway on all four of the spin off comics I reckon this will be the first of many updates. So please feast your eye on the cover for the Steph Connisbee spin off  ‘Operation Solomon’  as drawn and coloured by Conor Boyle.

On a Tour of Duty in the Persian Gulf, Lieutenant Steph Connisbee is signed on as the pilot on a top secret mission- Operation: Solomon. During this assignment she will uncover secrets and danger and step into the world of Unseen Shadows before she even knows it…

Be back here tomorrow for an early look at Clancy Wallencheck from his spin off comic Band of Butchers.