FINDING NEW VOICES
DEFINING NEW GENRES
Ceri Edwards and two school friends lift the lid on an ancient book of recipes belonging to Betty Williams, a volunteer at the local hospital in Pontypridd, South Wales. Two Kansas City cops step off a flight at London Heathrow and one of them falls to the ground with a painful conviction that there’s something evil in the air. United in their destinies, Ceri and the police officers are drawn into a world where prophecies are pitted against invisible forces planning to raze London to the ground and bring down the Royal Family. It all rests with Dai Williams, recently knighted MI5 agent and reluctant hero, to bring some order to the improbable events and to ensure that afternoon tea at The Ritz continues for another hundred years. A great cross between Kim Newman and Ben Aaranovitch and a thrill for any fan of contemporary urban horror.Read More
The Unusual Possession of Alastair Stubb: A Gothic Tale (Urbane Publications, 9781910692349) is positively reviewed in the August 2016 issue of Booklist (circ. 24,150). The complete review follows:
After losing her son, Eleanor Stubb suffers a mental breakdown and is institutionalized. While she is in the sanatorium, her husband, William, loses his job and their home. The couple is forced to move in with William’s father, Theodore. Theodore is an entomologist who fills the attic with preserved specimens. He also possesses a unique pocket watch that he uses to hypnotize people. While hypnotism may seem like a fun pursuit, Theodore is an odious man, who rapes Eleanor once she is in a hypnotic state. When Eleanor becomes pregnant, she is overjoyed, for she thinks her dead son is coming back to her. William is enraged and plots his revenge against his father. The story flashes forward 13 years, when young Alastair deals with the repercussions of that revenge and starts to experience strange, disturbing happenings. This slow building gothic tale may frustrate horror readers looking for an action-packed, quick read. But those willing to invest in the Dickensian language will enjoy the creepy characters, the dreamlike plot, and the horrific conclusion. — Lynnanne Pearson
The turn of the last century and Theodore Stubb’s manor house resides in the quirky village of Muchmarsh. A renowned entomologist, he is often within the attic adding another exotic specimen to his extensive collection of insects. But Theodore is also a master hypnotist, holding the household in thrall to his every whim.
Theodore’s daughter-in-law Eleanor – returned from the sanatorium two months before – is a haunted figure, believing that her stillborn child Alastair lives and hides in the shadows. Then she falls pregnant again, but this time by the hypnotic coercion and wicked ravishment of Theodore. A dreadful act begets terrible secrets, and thirteen years later the boy Alastair Stubb begins to lose his identity….it is not long before mystery, intrigue and murder follow gleefully in his wake.
The Unusual Possession of Alastair Stubb is a gothic terror of the highest order, delivering a dream-like and hallucinatory reading experience that promises to reveal secrets both disturbing and astonishing. Do you dare meet the Stubbs?Read More
Wordscapist (n): A legendary wordsmith, usually assumed to be male, who is rumoured to be able to shape reality to his words. Limitless in his powers, and not aligned with the Guild or the Free Word. No proof or evidence of his existence has ever been found. First known usage circa 16th century.
Everything you say is true… somewhere. But for Slick the notion of what is true is becoming very blurred indeed. He always knew the world was one of constant change. He just didn’t expect that change to include witnessing a demon tearing off the head of a stranger. That’s the kind of change that could lead to hearing voices in your head. Which is also happening rather too frequently for Slick’s liking.
But that’s what happens when you’re thrown headlong into the world of wordsmiths, where simple words can shape and reshape reality, and the legend of the Wordscapist becomes more than just an urban myth. Slick must discover the Way of the Word if he is to shape a new reality and discover his true destiny……Buckle up. Hang on. And yes, careful what you say. Everything you say is true…becomes true…somewhere.
Wordscapist: The Myth is the first groundbreaking volume in the Way of the Word series, and Urbane’s launch title for a thrilling new digital only frontlist – open your mind and your e-reading device to a new voice in fantasy fiction.
Want to know more about the world of the Wordscapist? Head to Wordscapist.com to discover the truth behind the Way of the Word.Read More
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