Unseen Shadows

Unseen Shadows is a transmedia project based in the universe created by novelist Barry Nugent.

The comic adaptation of Barry's original Fallen Heroes novel has been underway as a comic for a little while now. By all accounts it's been a very successful experiment - enough so that Barry started looking into expanding the universe a bit. This is where I enter the picture.

Unseen Shadows: Tales Of The Fallen

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.

For my first Unseen piece I teamed with the artists behind the main Fallen Heroes comic adaptation, Steve Penfold and Gat Melvin to tell the backstory for the character of Jonathan Bishop, AKA The Reverend. This 22-page story is to by part of the first Tales of the Fallen anthology of expanded and spin-off material from the main novel. Here's the breakdown:

The Reverend: a holy weapon forged in tragedy and flame – a murderous martyr whose cold judgement strikes with the force of a vengeful God. Despair, for the Reverend walks among you. He is the right hand of vengeance. He is Wrath.

Unseen Shadows: Tales Of The Forgotten

When truth must be stolen from the mouths of the wicked, it falls beyond the reach of mere heroes.

Liars, loners, losers – trapped on the outskirts of a war fought in silence and shadow. Drawn into darkness, they flee it, they study it, they make it their home.

They are the Forgotten – a flickering circle of torchlight in an expanding world of Unseen Shadows. 

After the thundering powerhouse of biblical vengeance he presented us with in The Reverend, I loved the idea of seeing the Unseen Shadow-world through the eyes of someone fighting to survive at the opposite end of the food chain. Bob Kelsey is an everyman in a world populated with monsters and heroes. To survive in those hunting grounds takes the self-preservation instincts of a feral rat. 

The Truth makes liars of us all. The Truth will kill you, or get you killed. It’ll steal your marriage and your daughter’s love. The Truth will get you shot and left for dead in the desert…

So when a woman tells you she woke up in a bathtub full of blood and ice with stitches in her belly that she can’t explain, you’ll know it’s the Truth because nothing else smells or feels or hurts that bad – and you’ll fall for it all over again, even though you know you were lucky before and it’ll burn you even worse this time.

This, then, is the story of The Immaculate Abortion of Dina Leigh – and I’m daring you to call me a liar… 

The Reverend: Blood Cries Out 

For my first full length graphic novel in the Unseen Shadows world I return again to the story of Jonathon Bishop.

But the LORD said, What have you done? Listen! Your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground. Genesis 4:10

Reverend Jonathan Bishop is a weapon forged by fate and the cruelties of men, his life an endless crusade waged in shadow and blood. He is a one-man holy war, but he is not the first product of the machinery that created him.

When a twisted cult seeks to conjure and enslave a force they are ill-equipped to control, Bishop must face a custom-built killer who knows him as only a brother can. The Reverend has finally met his equal in battle, and faith alone may no longer sustain him.

The foreword to Tales Of The Fallen was written by Jonathan Ross who says: "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."

There are several more Unseen Shadows projects that I will be involved in writing. More news to follow.

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