Somnium by Steve Moore


Another new piece of illustration and design. Somnium is an occult novel by Steve Moore being published this month by Strange Attractor. Some readers here may know Steve’s work as a comics writer, ex-editor of Fortean Times and also the subject of Alan Moore’s recent Unearthing text and recording. I’ve not seen the book yet but it comes laden with praise from Michael Moorcock and Iain Sinclair, and features an afterword by Alan Moore:

Written in the early years of the 21st century, when the author was engaged in dream-explorations and mystical practices centred on the Greek moon-goddess Selene, Somnium is an intensely personal and highly-embroidered fictional tapestry that weaves together numerous historical and stylistic variations on the enduring myth of Selene and Endymion. Ranging through the 16th to 21st centuries, it combines mediæval, Elizabethan, Gothic and Decadent elements in a fantastic romance of rare imagination.

With its delirious and heartbroken text spiralling out from the classical myth of Endymion and the Greek lunar goddess Selene, Somnium is an extraordinary odyssey through love and loss and lunacy, illuminated by the silvery moonlight of its exquisite language.

The printed version should incorporate metallic silver ink on the title and border, something you can never quite replicate on a web image, hence the gradient on the title lettering. Somnium is available in a range of signed or unsigned editions and can be purchased direct from the Strange Attractor Shoppe.

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Of Moons and Serpents

6 thoughts on “Somnium by Steve Moore”

  1. Nice cover. What did they ask for?
    Sounds interesting. Alan covered Selene and Endymion in Promethea.

    I always wish there’d been a Greek Goddess called Insomnia because she tends to visit me most nights.
    I’ve only ever really read Steve’s comic book stuff but this sounds like one I should get.

  2. The main request was for the mystical lunar city in the sky. Steve sent me an outline of the story so I had some idea of the content.

    Endymion is a popular theme in art as well, there are quite a few paintings, many of them erotically charged. Girodet’s version is one of the more famous ones. And speaking of sleep, Endymion was put to sleep by Hypnos on the order of Zeus.

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