An encyclopaedia with lies in it

The Reverence Library Volume One is a rather lovely mix of short stories and illustration published by Edinburgh’s independent press Sing Statistics

Illustration by  Damien Correll

The Reverence Library Volume One is a rather lovely mix of short stories and illustration published by Edinburgh’s independent press Sing Statistics

The idea, say founders Jez Burrows and Lizzy Stewart, is to create “a series of abridged pocket encyclopaedias ‘inspired by fact and reworked by fiction’. Essentially, reference books with lies in.”

Short stories from a variety of writers around three themes are mixed with illustration. In Volume One, the stories are on Galleons, (scientist) Nikola Tesla and the Trans-Siberian Railway.

In the Galleons section, for example, Joshua Allen‘s story about a cursed ship, The Spire of Ice, is illustrated by Portland-based Always With Honor

This graphic short story is by Luke Pearson


Meg Hunt illustrates a story by Matthew Allard in the Tesla section


And in the Trans-Siberain Railway section, John Moe has written a hilarious reimagining of a journey by Tsar Nicholas II on his own luxurious train: “It’s all built around being really comfy for ME! Nick the Deuce!” Illustrated by Gavin Potenza


Also featured are William Goldsmith


and Josh Parpan


Plus Lizzy Stewart herself


and Richard Sanderson.

The Reverence Library Volume One costs just £10 and is available here. Worth every penny I’d say.



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