GRAND FINALE: This is the final book in Catling’s startlingly original and critically acclaimed trilogy.
HISTORICAL SETTING: Once again, Catling interweaves historical events with wild imagination. Here, it is WWII. Safe to say, some Nazis meet horrible ends.
THE QUICK PITCH: Imagine Raiders of the Lost Ark as written by Salvador Dali, and you begin to come close to the world Catling has created in The Cloven.
CROSS-GENRE CRITICAL DARLING: The Vorrh trilogy has been embraced by mainstream publications and genre outlets alike, from NPRand Slate to Tor and io9.
AUTHOR: Brian has now been inducted into the Royal Academy of the Arts. He maintains his post as a fellow of Linacre College, Oxford and professor of fine art at the Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art, University of Oxford, and continues to have exhibitions worldwide.
FAMOUS FANS: Catling counts among his fans Tom Waits, Alan Moore, Philip Pullman, and Michael Moorcock.
TV TIE-IN: Terry Gilliam is currently working to develop The Vorrh series for television.
“The English language has given birth to some great works of unbounded vision and imagination, and here is another one. [The Vorrh is] a very sophisticated and subtle exploration of the decadent, the primitive and the mythical. Many books are said to be like nothing else, and aren’t, but Brian Catling’s really is.”—Philip Pullman, The Guardian
“Brian Catling’s The Erstwhile, like the work of Mervyn Peake, is outside genre. The stand-alone centre novel in a three-decker, it is even better than The Vorrh, the volume that preceded it…. If you like Peake’s Titus Groan, Catling’s splendid novel is probably for you.”—Michael Moorcock, The New Statesman
“Arguably the greatest fantasy book so far this decade.”—Flavorwire
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