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Graphic novel by expat artist from Haverhill is out this week

A graphic novel by a Haverhill expat is set for its UK release this week.

The Burning Black: Legend of Black Shuck, by Mark Allard Will (formerly Allard) is inspired by the story of a jet-black demon dog that hunted down pious Tudor-era Christians inside their place of worship in the depths of rural Suffolk.

Mark, 32, moved to Canada from Haverhill six years ago. He had been assistant manager at the town’s Cineworld.

Mark Allard-Will
Mark Allard-Will

He now works as the assistant manager at Rainbow Cinemas in Saskatoon.

Mark said: “The Burning Black: Legend of Black Shuck, is my re-imagining and dramatisation of the Suffolk folklore of Black Shuck; a hell hound said to have attacked the villages of Bungay and Blythburgh in the Tudor year of 1577 – Black Shuck is also a folk tale said to have inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to write his iconic The Hound of the Baskervilles.”

His new book releases in the UK on Friday and can be ordered in, explained Mark, through the local WH Smith or bought on Amazon.

It is published by Renegade Arts Entertainment and is recommended for teenagers and older due to minor depictions of violence and gore.

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