Alan Moore was born in Northampton, England, and has lived there ever since. Widely regarded as the best and most influential writer in the history of comics, his seminal works include From Hell, Lost Girls, and The League of Extraordinary Gentleman. He is also the author of the bestselling novel Jerusalem. Illuminations: Stories (Bloomsbury Publishing) is Moore’s first short story collection – in which he presents a series of wildly different and unforgettable characters – spans 40 years of work. In “A Hypothetical Lizard,” two concubines in a brothel of fantastical specialists fall in love with tragic ramifications. In “Not Even Legend,” a paranormal study group is infiltrated by one of the otherworldly beings they seek to investigate. In the title story, a nostalgic older man decides to visit a seaside resort from his youth and finds the past close at hand. And in the novella “What We Can Know About Thunderman,” which charts the surreal and Kafkaesque history of the comics industry’s major players over the last 75 years, Moore reveals the dark, beating heart of the superhero business.