Lost Girls author gets happy ending

LAST UPDATED AT 15:02 ON Tue 8 Apr 2008

Alan Moore is revered as one of Britain’s best writers for comics, and his graphic novels V for Vendetta and From Hell have been made into much-lauded films. But Moore’s erotic Lost Girls which The First Post starts serialising today, saw the 54-year-old under fire from critics angry about the book’s controversial sexual content.

Lost Girls details the sexual adventures of three iconic fictional heroines - Alice from Alice in Wonderland, Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz and Wendy Darling from Peter Pan. The trio meet up as adults at a grand hotel in Austria in 1913; there they swap tales of their sex lives - some of which are based on childhood fantasies and some on what happened to them both as children and as adults. Dorothy recalls trysts with farmers - and her father - in pre-tornado Kansas; Alice is abused by a friend of her father’s and then several girls and a woman at boarding school (she later develops a taste for opium); and  Wendy has a sexual encounter with a homeless boy named Peter…

First appearing in 1991 in a comics anthology, the final version of Lost Girls was only published in the United States in 2006 after several years of debate by publishers. In Britain, Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital - which was awarded copyright to Peter Pan by its author JM Barrie in 1929 - threatened to stymie its publication by withholding its approval to use material from the original play. Lost Girls was only published in the UK after Peter Pan’s copyright lapsed at the end of 2007, and after an agreement was reached with Great Ormond Street.

The creation of Lost Girls has had a happy ending for Moore,  who ended up marrying the novel’s illustrator, Melinda Gebbie. "I'd recommend to anybody working on their relationship that they should try embarking on a 16-year elaborate pornography together," says Moore.  "I think they'll find it works wonders." · 

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