... Though that job description was flexible.
Dene Vernon:The Thing Below
Black & White
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Dene Vernon the first UK comic book investigator of the supernatural faces his greatest challenge as he investigates and confronts The Thing Below London. Classic British horror set in the ruins of blitzed London docks in 1949.
Dene Vernon was one of those unique characters from the Gerald Swan "Swan Comics" -created and drawn by Jock McCail. Swan seemed to specialise, whether he realised it or not, in characters steeped in the supernatural -Krakos The Egyptian being one of the others. Stories of the true ghost hunters -some VERY scary- used to make newspaper news in the old days. Harry Price, Elliott O'Donnell and a selected few others were well know household names. Vernon is of that ilk.
In his time he dealt with supernatural curses, horrifying hauntings and, later when the whole thing exploded into the public consciousness, flying saucers.
In 1996 I wrote a script that was intended for D. C. Thomson (let's not go there) and then Egmont showed interest...and decided it didn't want to do comics -a policy it has stuck to in the UK. So, ITV thought it might make a good TV series....deregulation of TV killed that. The BBC....well, if they ever followed through on anything it was a miracle.
Gavin Stuart Ross had been in touch with me a long time before and eventually drew the Chung Ling Soo series of Victorian mystery comics (there is a collection you know). I thought, perhaps, if I begged, Gavin might give Dene Vernon a try. He did and so Dene Vernon: The Thing Below came into being. Finally!
It has been said many times that "horror is best in black and white" and that is true. I cherish my old Charlton horror/ghost comics and German Spuk Geschichten and Gespenster Geschichten but black and white horror is king.
Incidentally, though it does not mean you will have to buy it as all BTCG books are stand alone, in The Green Skies you will learn exactly why Vernon is recovering and "not quite the same" any more. That's a teaser.
But Dene Vernon: The Thing Below is just for you horror fans -it even has a slight Quatermass feel to it. Don't believe me? Buy a copy and see!
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