Legendary comics writer and New York Times bestselling author Grant Morrison takes their first plunge into prose this fall with Luda, a phantasmagoric epic following drag star Luci LaBang as she initiates her protégée, Luda, into the magical arts! Combining occultism, queerness, and counterculture set against the backdrop of dreamy Glasgow, Luda is a must-read for any Morrison fans.
Mixing myth, speculative fiction, All About Eve-style melodrama, and mystery, Luda has the kind of genre-remaking originality Morrison is celebrated for. Check out the full book details below, and pre-order your copy now!
A drag queen initiates her protégée into the magical arts in this phantasmagoric epic, the first novel from the legendary comics writer and New York Times bestselling author.
Luci LaBang is a star: For decades this flamboyant drag artist has cast a spell over screen and stage. Now she’s the leading lady in a smash hit musical. But as time takes its toll, Luci fears her star is beginning to dim.
When Luci’s co-star meets with a mysterious accident, a new ingenue shimmers onto the scene: Luda, whose fantastical beauty and sinister charm infatuate Luci immediately . . . and who bears a striking resemblance to Luci herself at a much younger age.
Luda begs Luci to share the secrets of her stardom and to reveal the hidden tricks of her trade. For Luci LaBang is a mistress of the Glamour, a mysterious discipline that draws on sex, drugs, and the occult for its trancelike, transformative effects.
But as Luci tutors her young protégée, their fellow actors and crew members begin meeting with untimely ends. Now Luci wonders if Luda has mastered the Glamour all too well . . . and exploited it to achieve her dark ambitions.
What follows is an intoxicating descent into the demimonde of Gasglow, a fantastical city of dreams, and into the nightmarish heart of Luda herself: a femme fatale, a phenomenon, a monster, and, perhaps, the brightest star of them all.