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John Coulthart

JOHN COULTHART's first illustration work was for the Hawkwind album Church of Hawkwind in 1982. Since then his designs and illustrations have appeared on record sleeves, CD and DVD packages for Cradle of Filth, Alan Moore & Tim Perkins, Steven Severin and Fourth World music pioneer Jon Hassell. John is a regular contributor to Arthur magazine.

As a comic artist John produced the Lord Horror series 'Reverbstorm' with David Britton for Savoy Books, and received the dubious accolade of having an earlier Savoy title, 'Hard Core Horror' 5, declared obscene in a British court of law. A new comic series, 'The Soul', is being planned with Alan Moore (From Hell, V for Vendetta).

As a book designer and illustrator John continues to work for Savoy Books, and in 2003 designed the acclaimed Thackery T Lambshead Pocket Guide to Eccentric and Discredited Diseases edited by Jeff VanderMeer and Mark Roberts.

John's work has been showcased in Rapid Eye, Critical Vision, Clive Barker's A-Z of Horror, EsoTerra, CNN.com and the Channel 4 television series Banned in the UK. He lives and works in Manchester, England.


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Headpress: James Marriott

Nightscapes 13: Peter A Worthy

Waterstone's: Matt Leyshon


"At its far edge, horror shades into beauty, and it is far beyond
that edge that Coulthart takes us, into terrible magnificence."
Alan Moore, in the book’s introduction


"A terrific book, haunting and beautiful. That writer from Providence would have been proud..."
Neil Gaiman


"I have not seen in many a long series of months—or years—the kind of continued dedication to the punctilious and meticulous pen and ink work put on board by John Coulthart. It's a striking example of the need to create and the desire to shock the sensibilities of an audience with a phantasmic subject linked to a febrile and phantasmagorical talent." Burne Hogarth


"Coulthart's Cthulhu awed me when I first saw it and it awes me still. Had he lived to see it I feel sure Lovecraft would have been delighted."
Ramsey Campbell


"This is one of the best books I've seen in years. Unmissable."
James Marriott, Headpress


"The Haunter of the Dark is a staggering achievement... Coulthart's artistic talent is indisputable." Matt Leyshon, Waterstone's


"Lord Horror: Reverbstorm contains some of the finest, most intricate, complex and downright beautiful art and prose I've ever seen... a surrealistic high of stunning originality, depth and purpose." Comics International



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