X-Men, Lucifer and vampires are fantasy features of first St Albans LitFest

Mike Carey

Mike Carey - Credit: Archant

A writer who gave new life to the Devil and crafted the adventures of Marvel’s X-Men for five years is one of the top signings for the first St Albans Literary Festival.

Mike Carey has worked extensively in the field of comic books, completing long and critically acclaimed runs on X-Men, Ultimate Fantastic Four and Lucifer, the latter a spin-off from the critically acclaimed Sandman series focusing on the adventures of the fallen angel himself.

His ongoing series for DC’s Vertigo imprint, The Unwritten, has featured repeatedly in the New York Times’ graphic novel bestseller list, and his superhero series Suicide Risk, published by BOOM! Studios, has been nominated for two Harvey awards.

He is also the writer of the Felix Castor novels, and, along with his wife Linda and their daughter Louise, of two fantasy novels, The City of Silk and Steel and The House of War and Witness, published in the UK by Victor Gollancz. He writes mainstream thrillers as Adam Blake and as MR Carey is the author of the bestselling novel The Girl With All the Gifts.

You can see Mike at Waterstones on November 7 at 7.30pm. Tickets cost just £5.

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There must be something in the air that night, because elsewhere in the city is a chance to embrace your dark side and find out about the University of Hertfordshire’s undead project in the Gothic setting of the former prison Gatehouse at St Albans School.

This event, which is also on November 7, will open with a brief introduction to the university’s Open Graves, Open Minds project and the accompanying book looking at representations of vampires and the undead from the Enlightenment to the present day, which is edited by Dr Sam George.

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Sam is a frequent commentator on the contemporary vampire; her interviews have appeared widely in the press including The Times, The Guardian and the Wall Street Journal.

She will be followed by Dr Catherine Spooner, a specialist in contemporary Gothic fashion, literature and culture, talking about her chapter for the book Gothic Charm School and her new work on Post-Millenial Gothic, Comedy, Romance and the Rise of Happy Gothic.

Matt Beresford, folklorist, archaeologist and author of From Demons to Dracula: The Creation of the Modern Vampire Myth and The White Devil: The Werewolf in European Culture, will then talk about the research he undertook for his werewolf book, folklore and his involvement with the OGOM project and the Gothic Reading Group. During the evening there will also be a book signing and Gothic-themed canapés and drinks.

Tickets cost £7.50/£5 and the scares start at 7.30pm.

Tickets from www.stalbansliteraryfestival.co.uk

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