2020 Snapshot: Christopher Sequeira

Christopher Sequeira is a writer and editor who specialises in the mystery, horror, fantasy, science fiction and superhero genres.

In the short-story space he is the conceptualist, editor and a writer for the acclaimed Echo/Bonnier Publishing anthology Sherlock Holmes: The Australian Casebook; and (with Horror Australis partners Steve Proposch and Bryce Stevens) he is co-conceptualist, co-editor and/or a writer for the award and nomination-achieving anthologies Cthulhu Deep Down Under (three volumes) and Cthulhu Land of the Long White Cloud (IFWG Publishing); War of the Worlds: Battleground Australia (Clan Destine Press).

In April 2019, he launched Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Was Not, the book he conceived and wrote the ‘set-up story’ for, published by IFWG Publishing, and which features such lauded authors as Bram Stoker Award-winning Nancy Holder, Batman comics legend Denny O’Neil, novelist Rafe McGregor, Comics Mastermind CEO Julie Ditrich, pulp-expert and writer Brad Mengel, comics (The Twilight Age) artist-writer Jan Scherpenhuizen, and Ron (Green Hornet) Fortier.

In the comic-book / graphic novel arena Sequeira has written for Marvel, DC Comics, Boom Studios, and others; and is the writer (with business partner and artist collaborator W. Chew Chan) of the upcoming comics series The Exoneration of Doctor Fu Manchu; and for Frew Publishing he is the writer of various adventures of Australia’s bestselling comic book The Phantom, including Frew readers’ Top 10 for 2018 favourite; Phantom by Gaslight.

  1. Tell us about your recent publications/projects?

With colleagues Bryce Stevens and Steve Proposch we’ve finished editing, for IFWG Publishing, Cthulhu Deep Down Under Vol. 3, and have a plan for a decent-sized launch and release in 2021, providing the pandemic has subsided enough. Some GREAT stuff here, almost all of it never before published including contributions by Cat Rambo, Steve Kilbey and Jack Dann.

Also with Steve and Bryce we are one story and a prologue and intro away from the biggest book of our collective anthological career, slated for mid-2021 international release. How about rare reprints as well as never before published stuff by Robert Bloch, Ramsey Campbell, Jack Dann, Colleen Doran, Neil Gaiman, Heather Graham, Karen Haber, Roz Kaveney, Jim Krueger, Joe R. Lansdale, Brian Lumley, Jonathan Maberry, George R. R. Martin, Barry N. Malzberg, William F. Nolan, Robert Silverberg, Jim Starlin, Mark Waid, Janeen Webb? Horror on a specific theme.

Also, if you liked Steve, Bryce, and my War of the Worlds: Battleground Australia there’s a follow-up planned.

SUPERAUSTRALIANS the graphic chapter novel had a huge local pre-release debut in late 2019 but the pandemic has put the main release on hold til next year when people have money again, BUT, we are looking at making it an extra-special release with the publication (approved by the wonderful family) of the late Steve Ditko’s letter to me supporting my pursuit of this crazy idea many years ago, AND around two-dozen extra pages of story! I’ve never had a convention reaction / clamour like we had for this in September at two shows last year, so hope the full commercial release of the new edition will go down as well. It will thus be available word-wide then.

On my own as anthologist I have just started the work on a book for IFWG that’s thematic follow up to Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Was Not. It’s really got a lot of bite, although it can be draining, but you’d be a sucker not to go bats for this one. I have Ramsey Campbell def on board, as well as keen interest from the amazing contribs to Was Not, so this is like getting the band back together and adding a killer brass section. This will be great, great, great. Late 2021, again planned to be supported by a strong release event.

Also from IFWG, I’m looking at collecting all my Sherlockian scholarship together in a slim volume late 21-early 22. Stuff I keep getting asked about like my (acclaimed by no less a Sherlockian than Les Klinger) Holmes-Ripper essay or my exclusive interview with the makers of the Batman-Sherlock Holmes crossover on TV’s ‘The Brave and the Bold’. Illoes by Phil Cornell.

The biggest comic-book project is my long delayed co-effort with buddy W. Chew ‘Chewie’ Chan; The Exoneration of Doctor Fu Manchu. As of this writing we expect an international release to comic-book shops internationally in April 2021. Can’t say more because contracts haven’t been executed yet, but joining us are Jan Scherpenhuizen and Simon Robins and hopefully variant covers by some people that will freak people out (in a good way).

You’ll never see a copy, but I recently worked on a military drama comic for an organisation that had been contracted to produce a comic-book as part of a military war games exercise! I got to work with a great comic-book artist, Chris Wahl. It was a really interesting gig, as I got to delve into geopolitics, which is a long-standing interest.

There’s a smidgeon of movie-related stuff going on, and some teaching work under development, too; so I continue to keep juggling!

  1. What has been the best publishing experience of your career so far?

So many bests, but I have a soft spot in my heart for Sherlock Holmes: The Australian Casebook (which went to paperback late last year). Angela Meyer was a great commissioning editor, and I got to work with astounding professionals. (Yes, I am chasing the idea of follow-ups to this, because this was so well received, but it’s still tricky getting interest from local publishers on these sorts of projects).

  1. Which recent Australian/NZ work would you recommend to international fans interested in expanding their Antipodean spec fic knowledge? 

Anything by Kaaron Warren, or Jack Dann. Anything at all published by IFWG or Clan Destine Press is worth a gander, too.

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