We’re delighted that Chris Spalton has agreed to let us distribute his brilliant books. Chris has many skills, as an excellent graphic artist and storyteller, as well as his day job as a software designer. He brings all these together in his two books. Chris grew up in the fens, the son of a trawlerman and later, eelcatcher, who becomes the hero of his first book The Eelman Chronicles. Now living near Norwich and working in Cambridge, he used spare time during lockdown to compile a selection of weird tales, myths and legends into Apparitions of East Anglia.
Apparitions of East Anglia
Apparitions of East Anglia is a collection of tall tales, grim history and extraordinary events from East Anglia. The stories are short and easily digested, illustrated with Chris’s marvellous humorous drawings and photographs. His style is unique and eye-catching – in fact the simplest way to demonstrate this is to include a couple of examples:
At £10 this book is great value and sure to be a hit with visitors to the region.
Apparitions of East Anglia by Chris Spalton
Paperback 106 pages; Fenbeast Publications
ISBN 9781999676728; RRP £10.00
The Eelman Chronicles
The Eelman is Chris’s Dad, “Spalt”, and The Eelman Chronicles is a collection of stories in graphic novel style of Spalt’s exploits in the fens. We hear about his ferrets, his dogs, and his encounters with royalty, TV celebrities and burglar killer Tony Martin. In one story we hear how Spalt got a licence to catch Eels on the Royal Estate at Sandringham, met Prince Philip and sent him home with a bag of crayfish for his supper!
This is a brilliant book, highly entertaining and great fun. I urge you to read the sample story to get a real feel for it (and learn about ferrets!).
The Eelman Chronicles by Chris Spalton
Paperback 74 pages; Fenbeast Publications
ISBN 9781999676711; RRP £9.99