Before Jerusalem (or perhaps eternally locked in the same space-time solid as Jerusalem, depending on how you look at it), Alan Moore’s most ambitious and famous novel was Voice of the Fire. Similar to and overlapping with Jerusalem, Voice is a sweeping historical novel set in and starring Moore’s home town of Northampton.
We’ve got a more-or-less finished full pass of annotations for Voice of the Fire posted. The annotations are the work of Alexx Kay (support him via Patreon) built upon some very good early Chapter 1 annotations by Art Turner at Deciphering Hob’s Hog.
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The Northampton Castle was located on the west side of Northampton’s Boroughs. It lasted from the 11th century to the 19th century when it was replaced by Northampton’s train station. Both the castle and the train station play roles in Jerusalem.
Thanks to the magic of highly-researched virtual reality, contemporary readers can take a peek into the historic castle via this 2014 video from The Friends of Northampton Castle.
These annotations are going to take a while. We’re currently reading Jerusalem and filling in some of the fairly obvious bits as we go. As we get to more chapters, hopefully connections will become clearer. In any case, have patience, please add comments, and several months from now, we’ll have this site banged into decent shape.
One question I have is what hashtag makes sense to discuss Jerusalem on Twitter, Instagram, etc.? Of course, I use #alanmoore which I will continue to use. But #jerusalem is not specific enough. On Instagram, I had posted with both #jerusalembook (which is already somewhat in use for this cookbook) and #jerusalemnovel (which does OK), but then commenter @molosovsky has used #AMJerusalem, which makes a lot of sense and is shorter. Anyone out there have other ideas, suggestions, or strong preferences? I don’t Tweet all that much, but it would be worthwhile to get on the same page here. Thoughts?