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Title: Wilthaven by Oli Jacobs
Date Published: 27th April 2020
A quiet English town that thrives on local produce, old fashioned values, and survival against the rule of an Eldritch Abomination. Here, you will enjoy endless walks, soothing sounds, forceful avatars, and the kind of joys that only an English township can bring!
(Please note: this dossier has been compiled by the BPD based on materials found relating to P1983 – or Wilthaven as you know it. Treat every sentence, word, image, and syllable with the utmost paranoia. Be safe.)
Wilthaven is a horror comedy by Oli Jacobs, who previously mined scares & chuckles from the likes of The Children of Little Thwopping, Filmic Cuts, and Bad Sandwich. As always, he hopes you enjoy.
You can buy your copy here:
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I have honestly never read a book like Wilthaven before and was trying to think of a way to describe it without giving too much away and this is the best I could come up with:
The town of Wilthaven doesn’t exist, you won’t find it on any map. Yet proof has been found of its existence all over the world, along with the strange happenings, from disappearances to random weather patterns and ever changing landscapes. And just who the hell is Hq’tar? And why do all the residents hail him all the time?
Confused? Maybe I am a bit, but this is one of these books that you have to read for yourself to figure out.
It’s so cleverly written, made up of book excerpts, flyers, police reports and many other random pieces of information that fit together to make an intriguing narrative.
There’s also an air of creepiness and mystery, laced with a bit of dark humour throughout. What kept me turning those pages, wanting to know more about the town and how it came to be, but Wilthaven didn’t give up its secrets easily.
Wilthaven is an original and dark horror that had me enthralled from beginning to end. I will definitely pick up more books from Oli Jacobs in the future.
About the Author:
Oli Jacobs is a bearded chap who enjoys spinning a yarn or two. While now a hermit, he has been rumoured to be seen drinking beer and enjoying chicken in the wilds of Southampton. If seen, please approach gently as he has severe anxiety and may cry.
As well as Wilthaven, Oli has also wrote other Horror (The Children of Little Thwopping, The Station 17 Chronicles), Comedy (the Kirk Sandblaster series), Thriller (the Mr Blank series), and short stories (the Filmic Cuts series).