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The Devil's Armchair is a Gothic tale that takes its title from a peculiar ruin in S. Callisto Square, in Rome. Some old legends say it was placed there by the Devil himself, behind the Pope's palace, to become his throne. During the twelfth century, it was a place of orgies and black masses that inspired prophecies and easy healing. This is the stage where Alberto Militelli, ambiguous and charismatic, conducts his so called esoteric rituals. But he only pretends to be a sorcerer: for he simply has found his way to get rich and affluent. It doesn't matter how many dead bodies he leaves behind. He weaves a web of lies and deceptions, taking advantage of other people's sorrow and hope, playing with their lives with no mercy. But his rise to the top is quick, as will be his downfall. For his game has bothered his Master and his worst enemy: the Lord of the Dark, the Devil himself.
ALBERTO CONTE has worked as a translator, ghost writer and then writer for cartoons and comics, and as a director and art director on the science fiction film “Twin Nature”. He has written reviews on film, books, and music for newspapers, magazines, and webzines. Since 2003 he has concentrated his work on comics. With Luca Rossi they have published “The Boss", a noir short story published in the anthology Alta Fedeltà Volume 2; "U.S.S." a series of science fiction stories and "Last on the List" a pulp story collection, both published by Magic Press Publishing, then in France by Clair de Lune Editions. He has written "Ulysses", a short story with Stefano Biglia, published by Tunuè Editions and in 2011 working again with Luca Rossi: "In the Blues", a noir short story published in the magazine Heavy Metal; and then a horror graphic novel titled "Le fauteuil du Diable" for the French editor Clair de Lune. After which he wrote "Codename: Heroes for Hire" a two volume science fiction series published by French Editor Clair de Lune; "Johnny Cilecca", a parody of the hardboiled genre; "The Children from Villa Emma" a graphic novel based on a true story from WWII and edited by San Paolo Edizioni. He is currently working on his first novel, despite the constant interference of his two cats.
LUCA ROSSI attended the Comics School of Milan and starting working as illustrator for various video game production companies. In 1996 he drew a mini-series, edited by the Comics School, titled "Pulp Stories". In 1997 he worked on two ghost story anthologies by Edgar Allan Poe and Henry James that was published by Xenia Editions. His brilliant work captured the interest of one of Italy’s biggest Editor, Sergio Bonelli, and from 2000 has worked on the horror series "Dampyr" for which he still does work. In 2003 he began an artistic partnership with Alberto Conte which has resulted in "The Boss", noir short story published in the anthology Alta Fedeltà Volume 2; "U.S.S." a series of short science fiction stories and "Last on the List" a pulp stories volume, both published by Magic Press Publishing, and in France by Clair de Lune Editions. He has also worked on "House of Mystery" for Vertigo/DC Comics. In 2011 he collaborated again with Conte on "In the Blues", a noir short story published in Heavy Metal magazine; and then a horror graphic novel titled "Le fauteuil du Diable" for the French editor Clair de Lune.
The Creative Team
THE DEVIL'S ARMCHAIR
Written by: Alberto Conte
Art by: Luca Rossi, Romina Denti
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