Writer/ Artist: INJ Culbard
Publisher: SelfMade Hero
INJ Culbard has made a name for himself adapting classic works in comic form for publisher SelfMade Hero like HP Lovecraft’s At The Mountains of Madness and Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray. His latest work is perhaps his most ambitious yet: bringing Robert W Chambers’ The King in Yellow to the four-colour page, also for SelfMade Hero. The King in Yellow is a 140 page full colour graphic novel which features three interconnected stories relating to the play The King in Yellow, a work of such malevolent power that it drives anyone mad who dares to read it. Culbard is a very British comic artist with an obvious love and understanding of the source material, lending the three stories a truly unsettling ambience throughout. The horror here is in the inevitability that something awful will happen and Culbard keeps ratcheting up the tension as the book progresses. Culbard brings the world of Chambers to life with a rare ease and the reader is drawn in almost effortlessly from the start. Culbard in less than a decade has carved a unique niche for himself as a teller of gothic tales and The King in Yellow deserves to help him reach a wider audience, especially as Chambers’ stories had a huge influence on the award-winning HBO TV series True Detective last year.