The Creative Team

Martin Conaghan's first published writing work appeared in Aceville Publications' ComicWorld in 1992, , in the form of interviews with comic-book writers and artists such as Grant Morrison and Steve Yeowell. This was followed by work for 2000AD and then Caliber Comics, where he wrote an issue of the popular Raven Chronicles. During the late 1990s he moved into mainstream journalism, producing a weekly internet column for The Big Issue and has written for every major Scottish newspaper. For the last twelve years, he has worked in sports broadcasting for the BBC. In 2011, he won Best Writer and Best Graphic Novel for Burke & Hare at the Scottish Independent Comic Book Awards.

 

Will Pickering has been drawing comics intermittently since the age of two. His work appeared in various small press titles in the 1990s, including his self-published supervillain series Something Fast. Following stints as a music journalist, youth worker, marketing executive and community activist, he returned to the medium in 2008 with The Spectacular Santa Claus, and began work on Burke & Hare soon after. Subsequent strips have appeared in Wasted, Futurequake and the forthcoming Black Hearted Love, and he is currently developing a graphic novel about the detective Allan Pinkerton from a script by writer Richmond Clements.

"A shadowy tale of greed and violence that sticks rigorously to the facts, with any deviations or flights of fancy catalogued in the expansive appendix. Will Pickering’s art matches the tone perfectly with well-researched and realised depictions of 19th century Edinburgh. A creepy history lesson that suits these long winter nights.” – The List

 

"Well paced, beautifully illustrated and painstakingly researched. Never gives in to the temptation to over dramatize events in a bloodthirsty Hammer Horror sort of way, even when there's ample opportunity to really play up the blood and gore angle. Delicate inking and well-researched visuals to capture the feel of 19th century Scotland, treating the readers to sweeping scenery, and moody crosshatching for those darker moments (of which there are many)." – Down the Tubes

 

"Brimming with murder, intrigue, cover-ups, conspiracies, and mystery, the gruesome tale of Burke and Hare has inspired many other artists to create fiction, plays, poetry and films drawing on the terrible events of the infamous West Port Murders of the early 19th century. It is now time for the truth to be set free." – Sci-Fi Pulse

 

"Genuinely chilling at times, just as it should be; the moments where Burke quite calmly recounts the murders, one after another, always ending with some iteration of the phrase “and she was disposed of in the same manner” really manage to convey the real horror of what was done, thanks to Conaghan’s writing and Pickering’s evocative artwork." – Forbidden Planet

In 1828, two Irishmen named William Burke and William Hare murdered 16 innocent people and disposed of the bodies by bringing them to Dr. Robert Knox at Edinburgh University for dissection, setting in motion an unthinkable scandal that would rock the world's medical establishment.

 

Writer Martin Conaghan and artist Will Pickering deliver a ghoulishly true story of medicine, murder and money set at the height of Edinburgh's enlightenment. In addition to the full length illustrated comic story, this graphic novel is also fully annotated with details of the case. Special introduction by Judge Dredd writer Alan Grant. Bonus art gallery featuring work from Frank Quitely and Gary Erskine. Cover by Rian Hughes.

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Written by: Martin Conaghan

Art by: Will Pickering


Pages: 112

Print: Black and White

Softcover

ISBN: 978-1635299717

​$14.99 US

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