Below the streets of London there’s a world teeming with life. Neil Gaiman introduces us to the gritty urban haven of London Below, the Rat-speakers and the invisible, in his best selling novel, Neverwhere. As a comic book devotee and cartoonist, it was only a matter of time before Gaiman brought us illustrations to match the dark thriller. In a collaboration with illustrator Chris Riddell, Gaiman presents the re-vamped illustrated version of the novel. Check it out!
Above is protagonist Richard Mayhew and the Marquis de Carabas. Richard becomes invisible in the above ground world, urging him to go below and tease out a reason.
The assassins Croup and Vandemar: like Pain and Panic in Hercules, Gaiman’s unearthly assassins comprise the image of fox and wolf – one small and cunning, the other monstrous and all muscle.
Hammersmith is a blacksmith and friend to Door, the feeble bleeding creature Richard finds above ground and the same character that entices him to go below.
Old Bailey, a friend of Marquis de Carabas.
A scene of the underworld and the Rat-speakers that inhabit it.
What do you think of the new visuals? To see more of the illustrations, check them out here.
Images courtesy of The Guardian.