the raven speaks: insight with Lorin Morgan-Richards

1.many mystery authors start with the answer and work backwards, was that the case when you designed a seers guide to the haunted labyrinth?

Not exactly. I knew i wanted to put in certain puzzle elements that characteristically would compliment the layout of the book and the passages within it. I also looked for parallel ties between the authors stories first to decide how the mystery would be revealed.

2. do you have a favorite detective character(books, movies, tv)? (mine for
example is bogart in the maltese falcon)

Teiresias, in Sophocles tragedy Oedipus the King, who may be considered one of the first detectives, not in the modern day sense, but a Theban seer who was called upon to investigate the killing of the previous king Laius.
Teiresias revealed the unwanted truth that Oedipus himself was the major suspect.

I also like the concept of Edward Packard’s childrens books, where the reader assumed the role of the protagonist and worked their way through a story by choosing different actions that led to different consequences (i.e. pages). With A Seers Guide to the Haunted Labyrinth there is a similar sense of discovery but also a metaphorical leaning to the mystery and how the passages of life influence our direction. A Seers Guide to the Haunted Labyrinth has been considered the first adult horror game book.

3. what was the most challenging part of creating the book?

Selectively choosing the artwork by Brian A. Kenny for the book. There are just too many good ones.

4.what was the most fun part of creating the book?

Developing the maze and envisioning it from the readers perspective.
I could literally see the pages become specific rooms of a mansion and asked Kenny to construct additional images to heighten this sensory of walking in and discovering clues within the den, along a cabinet, or under the stairs for example. Further, the authors stories were imagined as ghostly scrolls embodied within the walls of the rooms.

5.we live in a time where everything is mass produced, yet you choose to make books by hand, the hard way, what got you started/interested in making books by hand?

Its mad isn’t it. I guess I just wanted to make something that people would cherish and hope to hold on to for a while. The goal is to make each book a unique work of art, with an intrinsic quality all their own.

6.what are you working on now?

The second mini-folklore series book ‘The Three Sillies’ by Joseph Jacobs. I have over 11 new illustrations for this British folktale and it will again be colorized by J.A. Pringles. The book is a collaboration of our presses A Raven Above Press and Rorshoq Books. More information can be found at www.aravenabovepress.com

*there is a video demonstration of Lorins book binding process with commentary also available on his website.