VOTF00: Voice of the Fire general notes

Cover of the first edition
Cover of the first edition

Voice of the Fire was first published in Great Britain by Victor Gollancz in 1996. The cover illustration was by Robert Mason; interior illustrations were by Cliff Harper. This same version was reprinted by Indigo in 1997. Both of these editions were in paperback. As this version is long out-of-print, we include the artwork from it here.

A new edition came out from Top Shelf in 2004. This version featured none of the original artwork, but was illustrated with color photographs by José Villarrubia. It also featured a new introduction by Neil Gaiman. A paperback edition of this version was released in 2009

Voice of the Fire establishes many of the themes and literary techniques that Moore would build upon in Jerusalem. Indeed, it could almost be considered “Book zero” of Jerusalem, which is why we are annotating the two on the same site.

Several chapters have significant twist endings. In order to mitigate spoilers, notes for those endings will be gathered under “Closing Remarks” for the relevant chapters.

>Go to VOTF annotations Chapter 1 Hobs Hog
>Go to Annotations Index

Map of Northampton, used as frontispiece to the first edition
Map of Northampton, used as frontispiece to the first edition
Alan Moore's author photo from back cover of the first edition
Alan Moore’s author photo from back cover of the first edition

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