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The Picture of Dorian Gray

Words by Ian Edginton

Art by I.N.J. Culbard

Paperback with flaps, 128 pp, £12.99

"Beauty is a form of genius – is higher than genius, as it needs no explanation… It makes princes of those who have it. Beauty is the wonder of wonders. Only shallow people do not judge by appearances."

Oscar Wilde's classic novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, reinvented in this striking graphic novel, is the story of a man who, exhilarated by his own beauty, pledges his very soul in a desperate bid for eternal youth. His wish is magically granted: a portrait of Dorian, painted by his friend Basil, begins to age in his place. Dorian's naïveté soon turns into narcissism and a dangerous sense of invulnerability. Influenced by the decadent aristocrat Lord Henry, he embarks upon a career of selfish hedonism and depravity, ruining several lives on the way. 

With great skill and artistic flair, Ian Edginton and artist I.N.J. Culbard bring Oscar Wilde's morally ambiguous take on the Gothic thriller to the graphic novel form.

I.N.J. Culbard

I.N.J. Culbard is an award-winning artist and writer. In 2006, he surpassed thousands of other comic book artists and writers and had his work published in Dark Horse Comics’ New Recruits anthology. He has since appeared in the anthology series Dark Horse Presents, Judge Dredd Megazine and 2000AD (Brass Sun), and has been published by Vertigo (The New Deadwardians). His graphic novels for SelfMadeHero include The Picture of Dorian Gray, The Hound of the Baskervilles, A Study in Scarlet, The Sign of the Four, The Valley of Fear, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward, Deadbeats, The Shadow Out of Time, Celeste, The Dream-Quest of Unknown Kadath and At the Mountains of Madness, for which he won the British Fantasy Award in 2011.

Ian Edginton

Ian Edginton is one of Britain's best-known comics writers. He has worked for Lucasfilm, Paramount Pictures and 20th Century Fox to adapt Star Wars, Star Trek, Alien, Predator and Terminator properties, as well as with the H.G. Wells estate to adapt War of the Worlds for Dark Horse. He adapted Edgar Allan Poe's 'The Murders in the Rue Morgue' and H.P. Lovecraft's 'The Call of Cthulhu' (both illustrated by D'Israeli) for SelfMadeHero's graphic anthologies Nevermore and The Lovecraft Anthology, Volume I. With artist Rob Deas, he also adapted Pride and Prejudice for SelfMadeHero. In 2007, his graphic novel Scarlet Traces: The Great Game was nominated for Best Limited Series and Best Writer at the prestigious Eisner Awards.

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"Adapted by Ian Edginton and illustrated by Ian Culbard, a fascinating and highly enjoyable adaptation of Wilde's popular classic tale."
— The Bookseller
"It's a brilliant adaptation, retaining all the wonder of Oscar Wilde's text and portraying the story in a fresh and new fashion. An excellent read."
— Forbidden Planet International
"Suitably brittle and affectless."
— The Independent