About the Ebook
These comics are short tales from lives lived, a saint, an opera singer, a lonely ghost and a cautionary tale. They take inspiration from the folklore of Britain as well as a science fiction and fantasy tradition.
Each story has been taken from a poem by HA Thorpe and illustrated by Sarah Peploe. This is the first time they have been collected together. Henry’s poems take inspiration from folk tales, science fiction and fantasy whilst eliciting emotional responses from fear and loneliness to pride and arrogance.
This collection takes us from the darkest depths of space to secrets in Anglo Saxon barrow treasures. It takes us to a Victorian vaudeville theatre show and ruined abbey, introducing us to their vengeful ghostly inhabitants. These ghosts are vengeful, lonely, and curious, a product of the time that they are remembering.
“A sumptuous feast of words and pictures. Enriched by Sarah Peploe’s opulent, dramatic graphics, the stories told by these poems leap from the page. By turns hilarious and poignant, the words paint pictures of past splendour, past sins, and the need to pay attention to the ‘now’. A majestic pamphlet to read and to behold. Encore!” Rose Drew, February 2021
"Alternately whimsical and haunting, this collection presents an enchanting dance between Sarah Peploe's luminously macabre artwork and the timelessly powerful incantations of wordsmith Henry Arthur Thorpe. This little book of magic is the perfect antidote to drudgery and equally an excellent diversion for one's pet demons. An utter delight. “ Izzy Jones, 2021
Henry Arthur Thorpe Henry is a York based poet, originally from Somerset. He writes 'folky poetry', about myths, the countryside, the sea, magic and monsters. He has been around the York open mic poetry scene for a few years now, as co-host of BeSpeak and a regular at The Spoken Word. He has previously been published in the Looking Glass Anthology and Three Drops from a Cauldron. He enjoys walks in the woods, lore and mythology. Henry has a bachelor's in English Literature from the University of York, and whilst there founded a society called 'Shakespeare and Wine' which was exactly what it says on the tin and inspired a love of spoken word and performance. Writing from a young age this led him into the York spoken word scene, helping him refine his poetic writings into performance pieces often more like short stories and folk tales in verse form.