" On dit que beaucoup de livres sont uniques. Celui de Brian Catling l'est vraiment. " Philip Pullman
" Lisez ce livre et émerveillez-vous ! " Alan Moore
" Une fantasy historique époustouflante. (...) Une des oeuvres de fantasy les plus originales et les plus marquantes de ces dernières années. " Meriem Djebli, Magazine LIRE
" Une fresque foisonnante. (...) Le premier opus fascine et n'a pas fini d'ensemencer l'imaginaire par ses nouvelles expériences. " Laurent Leleu, Bifrost
La Vorrh est une forêt merveilleuse et effrayante. Tous ceux qui y pénètrent y trouvent soit la mort, soit l'oubli. Néanmoins, elle exerce une fascination quasi magnétique et un attrait irrésistible. On dit que le jardin d'Éden est dissimulé en son coeur. Personne ne l'a jamais explorée en entier, elle serait sans fin.
Pourtant, un homme a entrepris le périple. Un ancien soldat qui a tout abandonné pour suivre sa bien-aimée, Este. À sa mort, il a, suivant d'antiques rituels, emprisonné son esprit dans un arc et, écoutant ses murmures, s'est lancé sur la route...
" Un roman visionnaire. " Michael Moorcock
" Son écriture est si extraordinaire ! " Terry Gilliam
" L'oeuvre d'un génie. " Iain Sinclair
Prepare to lose yourself in the heady, mythical expanse of The Vorrh, a daring debut that Alan Moore has called a phosphorescent masterpiece and the current century's first landmark work of fantasy.
Next to the colonial town of Essenwald sits the Vorrh, a vast--perhaps endless--forest. It is a place of demons and angels, of warriors and priests. Sentient and magical, the Vorrh bends time and wipes memory. Legend has it that the Garden of Eden still exists at its heart. Now, a renegade English soldier aims to be the first human to traverse its expanse. Armed with only a strange bow, he begins his journey, but some fear the consequences of his mission, and a native marksman has been chosen to stop him. Around them swirl a remarkable cast of characters, including a Cyclops raised by robots and a young girl with tragic curiosity, as well as historical figures, such as writer Raymond Roussel and photographer and Edward Muybridge. While fact and fictional blend, and the hunter will become the hunted, and everyones fate hangs in the balance, under the will of the Vorrh.
'In The Vorrh we have one of the most original and stunning works of fantasy that has ever been my privilege to read.' Alan Moore In the tradition of China Miéville, Michael Moorcock and Alasdair Gray, B. Catling's The Vorrh is literary dark fantasy which wilfully ignores boundaries, crossing over into surrealism, magic-realism, horror and steampunk.
In B. Catling's twisting, poetic narrative, Bakelite robots lie broken - their hard shells cracked by human desire - and an inquisitive Cyclops waits for his keeper and guardian, growing in all directions. Beyond the colonial city of Essenwald lies the Vorrh, the forest which sucks souls and wipes minds. There, a writer heads out on a giddy mission to experience otherness, fallen angels observe humanity from afar, and two hunters - one carrying a bow carved from his lover, the other a charmed Lee-Enfield rifle - fight to the end.
Thousands of miles away, famed photographer Eadweard Muybridge attempts to capture the ultimate truth, as rifle heiress Sarah Winchester erects a house to protect her from the spirits of her gun's victims.
The Erstwhile brings readers back to the singular world and mind of B. Catling, continuing the groundbreaking storytelling of his hit The Vorrh. In London and Germany, strange beings are reanimating themselves. They are the Erstwhile, the angels that failed to protect the Tree of Knowledge, and their reawakening will have major consequences. In Africa, the colonial town of Essenwald has fallen into disarray because the timber workforce has disappeared into the Vorrh. Now a team of specialists are dispatched to find them. Led by Ishmael, the former cyclops, they enter the forest, but the Vorrh will not give them back so easily. To make matters worse, an ancient guardian of the forest has plans for Ishmael and his crew. Meanwhile a child of mixed race has been found abandoned in a remote cottage. Her origins are unknown, but she has powers beyond her own understanding. Conflict is coming, as the old and new, human and inhuman are set on a collision course. Once again blending the real and the imagined, The Erstwhile brings historical figures such as William Blake and places such as the Bedlam Asylum, as well as ingenious creations such as The Kin (a family of robots) together to create unforgettable novel of births and burials, excavations and disappearances.
The Vorrh is a vast unmapped and very mysterious jungle in Africa. No-one comes out of it in one piece. Survivors report strange, mind-bending phenomena and horrific monsters. It is rumoured that the Garden of Eden still exists somewhere in the middle of it. In The Erstwhile it transpires that some angels have escaped Eden and the Vorrh and are living in hiding in London, some in disguise as lunatics in Bedlam. It's also revealed that William Blake, a character in these novels, is interacting with these angels. Good and evil angels and humans, including William Blake, are heading towards a final, Miltonic apocalyptic battle for the soul of humanity.The Erstwhile is the second book in the Vorrh trilogy.