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SelfMadeHero Party with Rachael Ball, David Hine, Mark Stafford and I.N.J. Culbard


We’ll have a quartet of SelfMadeHero stars here to help hold back those winter blues on Friday the 16th November, 7-9pm! Rachael Ball, I.N.J. Culbard, David Hine and Mark Stafford will be in the house to celebrate the release of their new books!

Yes, the nights are fair drawing in, and Jack Frost will soon be nipping at your toes, but its sure to be a warm, welcoming evening here at Gosh when we open the doors for a bumper SelfMadeHero party to celebrate the launch of not one, not two, but THREE new titles from that most excellent of publishers!

Rachael Ball’s debut graphic novel, The Inflatable Woman, was an impressive affair, a magical realist tale of life with breast cancer, drawing on the author’s own experiences. So we’ve been eagerly awaiting her next work, Wolf.


It is the long, hot summer of 1976. Hugo, the youngest child of three, is walking with his father in the woods. There, he comes face-to-face with a wolf--and from that moment on, his life will never be the same again. Soon after, a tragic accident leaves Hugo desolate and disoriented. The family, now grieving and incomplete, moves to a new home. Among Hugo's new neighbors is the Wolf Man--a dangerous recluse, according to the boy next door. Spellbound by the movie The Time Machine and desperate to return to the days before the accident, Hugo draws up plans to build a contraption that will turn back time. But only the Wolf Man has the parts Hugo needs to complete his machine, and that will mean entering his sinister neighbor's house.

David Hine and Mark Stafford are a natural collaborative pair, evident in the smooth interplay of word and image we saw in their adaptations of Victor Hugo’s The Man Who Laughs and HP Lovecraft’s The Colour Out of Space. Now they’ve cooked up something entirely new for us: Lip Hook.


Somewhere in the British Isles, at the end of a neglected byway, lies a village called Lip Hook. For its inhabitants, this place is more than the end of the road – it’s the end of the world. Beyond it, there is nothing but mist-shrouded marshland. Few travellers choose the road to Lip Hook. Then two fugitives emerge from the fog, seeking refuge at the Hanged Man Inn: a dangerously beautiful woman and a man with a gunshot wound and a suitcase full of treasure. As the disruptive outsiders’ influence grows, a false faith grips the community, returning its followers to ancient ways and resurrecting a secret history perhaps best forgotten.

There’s no denying that I.N.J. Culbard’s masterful adaptations of the works of H. P. Lovecraft were a cornerstone of SelfMadeHero’s early success. His clean, accessible art and storytelling were peculiarly well-suited to adapting Lovecraft’s tales of cosmic unease. Now at last we’re getting a beautiful bumper collection of them all in the Lovecraft HC!


In Providence, Rhode Island, a dangerous inmate disappears from a hospital for the insane. At Miskatonic University, a professor slumps into a five-year reverie. In a mysterious and vivid dreamworld, a melancholy man seeks the home of the gods. And in the frozen wasteland of Antarctica, polar explorers unearth secrets that reveal a past almost beyond comprehension – and a future too terrible to imagine. Graphic novelist I.N.J. Culbard gives terrifying form to four classic tales by H.P. Lovecraft: “The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath”, “The Case of Charles Dexter Ward”, “At The Mountains of Madness” and “The Shadow Out of Time”.

So join us as we celebrate the release of the lot of them! Rachael Ball, I.N.J. Culbard, David Hine and Mark Stafford will all be here to chat and sign on Friday the 16th November, 7-9pm!

Can’t make it but would like a signed copy? You can pre-order signed copies of Wolf, Lip Hook and Lovecraft on our webstore right now! If there’s anything else you’d like, drop us an email to info@goshlondon to arrange a reservation or mail order!

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Earlier Event: 14 November
Reads November: Prophet Vol 01