kieron gillen

    Kieron's Comic, Brontë's Book

    One of the comics I read is Kieron Gillen’s1 Die, which is about a group of people who get sucked into a fantasy world. The world is based on a role-playing game — or at least, it seems to be at first. The other night I started the latest issue, 9. Unexpectedly — but not surprisingly — Charlotte Brontë turned up as a character (or maybe not, but let’s run with it). The story was about how she and her siblings had created complex fantasy worlds in part as stories for their toy soldiers. And maybe the world of Die is based in part on those.

    Imagine my surprise, then, when I woke the next day to hear on the radio news that a tiny book — “no bigger than a matchbox” — written by Charlotte, was being auctioned in France. It is filled with stories of the fantasy worlds created by her and her siblings.

    The book has been bought by the Brontë Society. It will be kept in the Brontë Parsonage Museum, where it was created.

    Two completely unrelated events, of course, but interesting how things collide.

    1. He seems not to have website of his own, bizarrely, but he has a Tumblr, and a newsletter