The gentleman’s hotel

The gentleman’s hotel – Graphic novel

The gentleman’s hotel – Graphic novel – Among the most brilliant and prolific writers in the United States, the Texan Joe R. Lansdale has always drawn from various narrative registers, mixing very different genres: noir, science fiction, horror, steampunk, coming-of-age stories and even those of historical setting.

The gentleman’s hotel – Graphic novel – Thus, to tell the world of the Frontier, he often contaminated the western with horror and the fantastic: this is demonstrated by the series of adventures dedicated to the reverend Jebediah Mercer, which now become the protagonists of the new exciting project of collaboration of the writer with Sergio Bonelli Editore for THE GENTLEMAN’S HOTEL, the western-horror graphic novel, scripted by Luca Crovi and illustrated by the designer Daniele Serra, already awarded the prestigious British Fantasy Award in 2021.

The volume, out next September 23, tells the story of the preacher and gunslinger Reverend Jebediah Mercer, struggling with a nightmare situation: a woman to protect, a soul to free, cruel hairy creatures to fight. The setting is the East Texas frontier, through places made up of ghost towns, rivers infested with moccasin snakes and alligators. An area in which deserts and prairies are rare, but coniferous forests abound.

THE GENTLEMAN’S HOTEL will be premiered on Saturday 10 September at 7.30 pm in Piazza del Popolo in FLORINAS IN YELLOW THE ISLAND OF MYSTERIES, the Sardinian festival dedicated to crime fiction, with Luca Crovi, Daniele Serra and Joe R. Lansdale (in video link ) in conversation with Daniele Mocci.

Says Lansdale: “Jebediah is tall and slender, with pronounced cheekbones, pointed chin, black hair and black eyes. Beautiful and strange at the same time … He usually faces supernatural creatures. In this story he encounters werewolves, conquistadors, ghosts and creatures that can turn into even more dangerous things than werewolves. In other adventures, however, he fights evil spirits who dig up corpses and eat them. Hideous creepers a la HP Lovecraft, but also vampires. He basically fights Evil no matter what form it takes. I wrote various stories that see him as the protagonist and which were then collected in the book Deadman’s Road ”.

The volume, edited by Luca Crovi (former curator of the series dedicated to Deadwood Dick) is enriched by the interview with Joe R. Lansdale by Seba Pezzani with illustrations by Daniele Serra. A version with Variant Cover of the volume will be available exclusively in the bookstores of the Feltrinelli circuit, at the Bonelli Store in Milan and on the Sergio Bonelli Editore website.

JOE R. LANSDALE – American writer, he has tried his hand at exciting genre plots (western, noir, thriller, science fiction), renewing them with a strong pulp taste in the choice of grotesque elements and a trivial and irreverent language.

Its best vein is expressed in the ability to penetrate the atmosphere of the deep South, in violent chiaroscuro that exalt friendship, love, sex and denounce racial discrimination, wickedness and stupidity.

Act of Love (1980), Drive-In Night (1988, first in a horror series), Two-Bear Mambo, 1994), Under the Swamp (The Bottoms, 2000), The Thin Dark Line (A Fine Dark Line, 2002), Sunset and Dust (Sunset and Sawdust, 2004).

In 2008, Death Defies Us, Fire in the Dust, The Magic Chariot and Assassins in the Jungle were also published. In 2010 Devil Red (Fanucci) was released. In 2012 Einaudi published Acqua buia, considered his masterpiece and in 2013 The forest and A perfect couple.

The tales of Hap and Leonard, three stories in the series of the two investigators outside the box. In 2014 he is News from the darkness (Einaudi). In 2015, La Foresta and Honky Tonk Samurai (both Einaudi) were released; in the same year he won the Raymond Chandler Award. In 2016 he publishes always with Einaudi Paradise Sky, followed by Io sono Dot and Bastardi in red sauce (2017), The smile of Jackrabbit. An investigation by Hap & Leonard (2018) and Hap & Leonard Blood and lemonade (2019). Among other publications Warm in winter (Mondadori, 2020), Una Cadillac rosso fuoco (Einaudi, 2020), Jane goes north (Mondadori 2020), Moon Lake (Einaudi, 2022).

LUCA CROVI – He is editor at Sergio Bonelli Editore, where he curates the series of Commissioner Ricciardi and Deadwood Dick. Rock critic and radio host, he dedicated himself to the study of the origins and developments of detective fiction in Italy, first publishing the essay Crimes of our paper.

A history of the Italian thriller (2000, Puntozero Editions) and then the anthology of the thrill The assassin is the guitarist, edited together with the musician Franz Campi (2001, Edizioni Puntozero). For Marsilio he created the monograph Tutti i colori del giallo (2002) (later expanded in History of the Italian yellow in 2020) which was then transformed into the radio show of the same name by Radiodue.

He has published the essays Mr. Fantasy with Stefano Priarone. The secret world of JRR Tolkien (2003, Passigli) and Stephen King. The Man Dressed in Incubi (2004, Aliberti) while with Seba Pezzani he signed the “rock thriller in hollandaise sauce” Tuttifrutti (2004, Passigli). In the course of archival research, he found Giorgio Scerbanenco’s Il Paese senza cielo, and oversaw its re-edition for Aliberti Editore in 2003, as well as, together with the scholar Claudio Gallo, he dealt with the editorial relaunch of a black feuilleton like I ladri of Jarro’s corpses (2003, Aliberti).

He has written noir stories for various anthologies and signed comic scripts, competing with characters born from the imagination of Andrea G. Pinketts, Massimo Carlotto, Joe R. Lansdale and Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre and working with designers such as Maurizio Rosenzweig, Andrea Mutti and Angelo Busacchini.

Among his latest books: Noir. Instructions for use (Garzanti), The shadow of the sample, The last song of the Naviglio, The giant and the madonnina (Rizzoli Libri), The mystery of the Torre del Parco and other stories (SEM Libri).

DANIELE SERRA – From Cagliari, he is an illustrator and cartoonist. His main influences and inspirations come from weird and horror fiction written by HP Lovecraft and William H. Hodgson, from Ridley Scott’s films, from Japanese horror films and from the works of Clive Barker.

His love of horror culture began before his career as an illustrator, causing him to quickly develop his signature style: high-contrast paintings with bright and dark colors, curved strokes and shadows, and a particular attention to the gaze and expression of the characters.

He has signed illustrations and covers for DC Comics, Image Comics, BOOM! Studios, Titanic Comics, IDW Publishing, Seraphim Inc, and collaborated with Clive Barker for the Hellraiser anthology (2017), Joe R. Landsale with whom he signed the graphic novel I tell you it’s love (2014), Stephen King in Tommyknockers .

He has designed over 250 covers for Joe R. Lansdale, William Hope Hodgson, Clive Barker, Peter Straub, Paul Tremblay, and several artwork for music projects. His illustrations also appeared in Tod Williams’ Cell film based on Stephen King’s book. In 2021 he published Murder Ballads (Mondadori) based on texts by Micol Arianna Beltramini.

The gentleman’s hotel – Graphic novel – Sardegna Reporter