Crime writer Ian Rankin is turning his hand to comic books.
The Edinburgh author is to fulfil a childhood ambition by writing a graphic novel based on the adventures of John Constantine, a supernatural sleuth who investigates the paranormal.
Constantine appears in the Hellblazer comic book series and Rankin has agreed to contribute an instalment in a deal struck during an American book tour.
Rankin was reported to have said: "It is fantastic I can now do the things I wanted to do when I was ten years old.
"Most of the writing is instructions to the artist and you use very few words."
The story is set to be published next year.