Up until two years ago Brian Catling's international reputation was firmly established as a visual and performance artist and poet. Then a great tide of narrative fiction overcame him. The first wave to hit was The VORRH; the prime novel in an epic trilogy that he thought was 'obscure Surrelism' until Alan Moore proclaimed it to be a phosphorescent masterpiece and "one of the most original and stunning works of fantasy that it has ever been my privilege to read".
THE VORRH was published by Random House US and Hodder and Stoughton in the UK in 2015 to great acclaim.
Brian has also won a Cholmondeley award for his poetry.
Brian Catling was born in London and is Professor of Fine Art at the Ruskin School of Art, University of Oxford. His website is : briancatling.net
Praise for THE VORRH;
“I am glad to have the book as a companion on my own dark quest.” —Tom Waits
"A dazzling display of storytelling. . . . Readers who enjoy the genre-blending novels of Felix Gilman (The Half-Made World, 2010) and David Mitchell (The Bone Clocks, 2014)—and are comfortable with the violence of Jesse Bullington’s The Enterprise of Death (2011)—will find themselves right at home here."-- Booklist
"Brian Catling is simply a genius. His writing is so extraordinary it hurts, it makes me realize how little imagination I have." —Terry Gilliam
Random House (US)/Hodder and Stoughton (UK)
In the tradition of China Miéville, Michael Moorcock and Alasdair Gray, B. Catling's The Vorrh is literary dark fantasy which wilfully ignores boundaries, crossing over into surrealism, magic-realism, horror and steampunk.