Bedtime Book #Review My Best Friend’s Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

Welcome to another Bedtime Book Review in which I put down my kindle and pick up a good old paperback/hardback in a bid to get my tbr pile under control. You can read my last bedtime book review of Then She Was Gone by Lisa Jewell here.

Title:My Best Friends Exorcism by Grady Hendrix

Publisher:Quirk Books

Date Published:11th July 2017

Genre: Horror

Description:

The year is 1988. High school sophomores Abby and Gretchen have been best friends since fourth grade. But after an evening of skinny-dipping goes disastrously wrong, Gretchen begins to act different. She s moody. She s irritable. And bizarre incidents keep happening whenever she s nearby. Abby s investigation leads her to some startling discoveries and by the time their story reaches its terrifying conclusion, the fate of Abby and Gretchen will be determined by a single question: Is their friendship powerful enough to beat the devil? Like an unholy hybrid of Beaches and The Exorcist, My Best Friend s Exorcism blends teen angst, adolescent drama, unspeakable horrors, and a mix of 80s pop songs into a pulse-pounding supernatural thriller.

Review:

The story starts with Abby finding out the exorcist is dead, which takes her back to the terrible events in the summer of 1988 when her best friend Gretchen was possessed by a demon.

Now I kept seeing this novel on Instagram and what attracted me to it was the absolutely gorgeous cover! It’s so eye catching and also it has that air of nostalgia as it looks like an old VHS tape (if you’re reading this and don’t know what a VHS tape is, please google it and stop making me feel so old!!!)

This book is pure eighties teenage nostalgia. I have to be honest there were quite a lot of slang that I didn’t quite get because I’m not a) American and b) old enough to remember 1988 properly but it didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the novel.

The main theme of the story is about friendship. We see Abby and Gretchen’s friendship from the very beginning, when she was the only one to turn up to Abby’s tenth birthday. The friendship continues into high school until the fateful night they decide to try drugs. Gretchen tries to skinny dip but it all goes wrong ending up with her getting lost. They find her the next day but there is something wrong with her. She stops looking after herself, self harming. Nobody stands by her except Abby even though Gretchen is utterly horrible to her.

There’s quite a few unlikable characters in the book but I did really like Abby. She’s sweet loyal yet a little naive and I did feel like shaking her and saying ‘no don’t do that!’ while I was reading.

While I didn’t find the book that scary, it takes a lot to scare me these days, but there were some pretty stomach churning moments. I’m just going to say worms and bugs and leave it there.

My only disappointment was it wasn’t really explained how Gretchen became possessed, that was something I felt could have been expanded upon a little more.

Overall My Best Friend’s Exorcism is not for the faint of heart but I think will appeal to anyone who enjoys those old eighties teen movies.

Rating: 4/5

About The Author:

Grady Hendrix is an American author, journalist, public speaker, and screenwriter known for his best-selling 2014 novel Horrorstör. Hendrix lives in Manhattan and was one of the founders of the New York Asian Film Festival.

Next up on Bedtime Book Reviews: Three Things About Elsie by Joanna Cannon.

#BlogTour #BookSpotlight #Giveaway Cuttin’ Heads by D.A Watson @davewatsonbooks @rararesources #Promo

Today I’m delighted to spotlight Cuttin’ Heads by D.A Watson with a giveaway (bottom of page) thanks to Rachel at Rachel’s Random Resources.

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Title: Cuttin’ Heads by D.A Watson

Date Published: 15th April 2018

Genre: Horror

Description:

Aldo Evans is a desperate man. Fired from his job and deeply in debt, he struggles to balance a broken family life with his passion for music.

Luce Figura is a troubled woman. A rhythmic perfectionist, she is haunted by childhood trauma and scorned by her religiously devout mother.

Ross McArthur is a wiseass. Orphaned as an infant and raised by the state, his interests include game shows, home-grown weed, occasional violence and the bass guitar.

They are Public Alibi. A rock n’ roll band going nowhere fast.

When the sharp-suited, smooth talking producer Gappa Bale offers them a once in a lifetime chance to make their dreams come true, they are caught up in a maelstrom of fame, obsession, music and murder.

Soon, Aldo, Luce and Ross must ask themselves: is it really better to burn out than to fade away?

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Author Bio –

Prizewinning author D.A. Watson spent several years working in bars, restaurants and call Cutting Heads - fav1centres before going back to university with the half-arsed plan of becoming a music teacher. Halfway through his degree at the University of Glasgow, he discovered he was actually better at writing, and unleashed his debut novel, In the Devil’s Name, on an unsuspecting public in the summer of 2012. Plans of a career in education left firmly in the dust, he later gained his masters degree in Creative Writing from the University of Stirling.

He has since published two more novels, The Wolves of Langabhat and Cuttin’ Heads, a handful of non-fiction pieces, several short stories including Durty Diana, which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016, and the Burns parody Tam O’ Shatner, which in 2017 came runner up in the Dunedin Robert Burns Poetry Competition, and was a competition winner at the Falkirk Storytelling Festival.

He lives with his family in Western Scotland.

“The Christoper Brookmyre of horror. Readers will be very very afraid.”
– Louise Welsh, bestselling author of the Plague Times trilogy

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Bedtime Book Review: The Chalk Man by CL Tudor #Review

Title: The Chalk Man by CL Tudor

Publisher: Penguin

Date Published: 11th January 2018

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Description:

You can feel it in the woods, in the school and in the playground; you can feel it in the houses and at the fairground. You can feel it in most places in the small town of Anderbury . . . the fear that something or someone is watching you.

It began back in 1986, at the fair, on the day of the accident. That was when twelve-year-old Eddie met Mr Halloran – the Chalk Man.

He gave Eddie the idea for the drawings: a way to leave secret messages for his friends and it was fun, until the chalk men led them to a body.

Thirty years later, Ed believes the past is far behind him, until an envelope slips through the letterbox. It contains a stick of chalk, and a drawing of a figure.

Is history going to repeat itself?

Was it ever really over?

Will this game only end in the same way?

Review:

You can read my previous Bedtime Book Review, Black Eyed Susans, here.

So I saw this book last year on NetGalley but I was turned down by the publisher to get an advanced copy (I’m not bitter…honest) so I just had to buy a copy for myself. This was before all the furore when Stephen King said if you like my stuff then you’ll like this. As I saw all the praise and the hype surrounding it, I know this will sound a bit weird, but it put me off reading it a little. I’ve been disappointed in the past by books that have had a lot of hype but I’m happy to say this was not the case, this book actually surpassed my expectations.

The story is split between 1986 and 2016, revolving around Ed and his friends, Nicki, Fat Gav, Metal Mickey and Hoppo. After a fairground accident Ed meets a new teacher to the area, Mr Halloran otherwise known as the chalk man due to his pale skin and white blonde hair. He gives the group the idea of drawing a secret code with chalk but chalk men keep popping up when bad things happen, until they lead them to a body.

I got completely lost within this book, so much so that I forgot to write notes, (sounds a bit anal but I have the memory of a sieve!), so if this review is brief then you’ll know why.

I’m not going to give this amazing and complex novel it’s due in this little review. It’s creepy, yet haunting, I stayed up way too long after finishing just thinking about the ending (a downside I’ve found about reading before bed).

Having just watched the movie IT, I can understand where a lot of Stephen King comparisons come from,.i.e. a group of young(ish) kids coming of age against a backdrop of violence but thankfully this novel doesn’t have the evil clown.

I know some people may not be a fan of the jumping from 1986 to 2016 but it to me it added real depth to the story, adding to the mystery. I enjoyed finding out about older Ed, a slightly disillusioned adult, haunted by the past with a drinking problem compared to the more carefree younger Eddie.

I will warn you there are some upsetting scenes, especially one between young Eddie and his bully Metal Mickey’s older brother Sean. Then there was the nightmares, no I’d say they were more night terrors, as in they were super scary!

Overall a really memorable and haunting story that I can’t do just justice to with this review, you’ll just have to read it and see for yourself!

Rating: 5/5

About The Author:

C. J. Tudor lives in Nottingham, England with her partner and three-year-old daughter.

Over the years she has worked as a copywriter, television presenter, voiceover and dog-walker. She is now thrilled to be able to write full-time, and doesn’t miss chasing wet dogs through muddy fields all that much.

THE CHALK MAN is her first novel.

Up Next on Bedtime Book Reviews: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell.

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#BlogTour #Review Crimson Siege: Blood Riders by Jay Raven @jayravenauthor @Books_n_all #horror

Title: Crimson Siege: Blood Riders – Book One by Jay Raven

Publisher: Junction Publishing

Date Published: 21st April 2018

Genre: Horror

Description:

In the Godforsaken badlands of Transylvania the fragile truce between mankind and monsters is about to explode…


When bounty hunters target one of 19th century Europe’s most feared vampire clans, the last place any lawman wants to be is caught in the middle…

But for Anton Yoska, Lord Marshal of the Imperial lands south of the Carpathian Mountains, fate has trapped him in a supernatural stand-off that can end only in a bloodbath.

A gang of mercenaries led by Anton’s former army comrade Milosh Drubrick have captured vampire aristocrat Stefan Modjeski, wanted for a string of frenzied murders, and have come to Anton to claim the reward. And as Stefan’s predatory undead kin lay siege to the jailhouse, Anton is faced with an agonising choicehand over his prisoner and abandon the bounty hunters to their unspeakable fate, or stand and fight.

The jailhouse defenders are outnumbered and out of options. It’s a battle that can’t be won, certain slaughter for them all, and Anton can’t trust his scheming allies. But Lord Marshal Yoska isn’t about to surrender.

For he’s an experienced vampire hunter, a dangerous man when cornered, and a single minded warrior who knows there are worse things to fear than death…

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Review:

Anton Yoska survived the savage vampire wars and now is Lord Marshal of a small town called Brejnei. He leads a quiet life until his old army comrade Milosh Drubrick, with his ragtag band of bounty hunters, drag a vampire into the sleepy village. The vampire is none other than aristocrat, Stephan Modjeski and his family especially his ‘mother’ Kristina will stop at nothing to get him back. Who will survive?

This is beautifully written, Gothic and a little disturbing at times. Personally I wouldn’t class it as horror, just mainly because I think horror should have me terrified and shivering under a cover, but I did think it was more of a good fast paced action story.

I loved the character of Anton, he’s devoted to his wife even though she is dying from fever, and determined to uphold the law even if it costs him his life. Apart from Pavel, his young deputy, Anton seemed to be surrounded by horrible people. Twisted Count Kravnik, who had been sent to over see the execution of two poachers, Nickru his other deputy who wanted his job and finally the bounty hunters who frankly seemed worse than the vampires!

I wouldn’t say this book is overly gory but I will warn you there are some really brutal themes in the book, rape is one of them, though thankfully it’s not actually shown within the pages, just referred to.

If I had one issue it would be the language was a little too modern (the use of the word ‘hot’ when describing a woman springs to mind), I kept having to remind myself it was meant to be set in the 19th century.

Overall a good start to the series and I’m interested to see what the author does next!

Rating: 4/5

About The Author:

Jay Raven is the author of Gothic chillers and historical horror reminding readers that the past isJAY RAVEN AUTHOR PHOTO a dangerous place to venture, full of monsters and murderous men. 

He blames his fascination with vampires, witches and werewolves on the Hammer Horror films he watched as a teenager, but living in a creepy old house on the edge of a 500-acre wood may have something to do with it.

Links

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#BlogTour #Review Medium Wave by Rose Zolock @RoseZolock @rararesources @caffeinenights

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Title: Medium Wave by Rose Zolock

Publisher: Caffeine Nights

Date Published: 6th April 2018

Genre: Horror, Paranormal.

Description:

Becky Moran has built a career claiming to talk to the dead. A successful clairvoyant medium, a Cambridge graduate with her own radio show ‘Medium Wave’ and a team dedicated to crafting the celebrity myth – because Becky Moran is a fake. Until, one night, something supernatural, inexplicable, breaks through live on air as she is broadcasting. Becky Moran discovers the paranormal is real, the dead can indeed speak and she is being pursued relentlessly towards a battle for her very survival.

This thing has no defined shape. Whatever energy exists within it, it cannot settle on a shape. The strands of darkness curl out and then wrap back inwards. The bulk of the shadow becomes concave, then bulbous, the height building in on itself but lacking any skeletal structure to wrap itself around. There are no eyes, no clearly defined head shape. It is creating itself from darkness, like a swirl of ebony ink dropped into a vat of putrid water, spreading silently….’

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Review:

Becky Moran has been a medium for a number of years, she has her own radio show, now a TV show is in the offing too. Only problem; Becky is a fake. During a live radio show, Becky touches an ancient crystal and suddenly her ability to see ghosts becomes real!

So I am a huge fan of all things ghostly so this book was right up my alley. It’s a fairly short yet creepy book with plenty of spooky goings on, that I suggest you read during the day in bright sunshine with a good duvet to hide under just in case.

The cast of characters is an interesting one as well. You’ve got Hugh Jolly, Becky’s greedy and slightly selfish manager, her assistant Stacey who loves to wear mothball scented vintage clothing and her producer Olly the complete and utter sceptic. I have to be honest it took me a little time to warm to Becky, because of her being essentially a con artist at the outset of the book, but as the story goes on you see her struggling with her new gift and you can’t help feeling for her.

My favourite part of the book was when Becky came into contact with a haunted mirror that chooses its owner and never lets them go! Safe to say I had the shivers when I went near any mirror in my house afterwards!

I have to be honest though, there was a tiny bit of repetition and the story didn’t quite flow as well as it should have and I found the ending a little over contrived but of course that is just my opinion.

This is a great start to a series and I’m interested to see what the writer does with Becky and her friends next.

Rating: 3/5

About Rose Zolock
Her Irish grandmother first told Rose about the Banshee when she was just a small child. HowMedium Wave - Author Headshot Embedded the wailing sound of the spirit of the dead and dying could be heard when someone was about to pass.

It was family folklore that the women in the family had ‘the touch’, the ability to see spirits and other dimensions. Rose listened and grew up fascinated by those who claimed to have supernatural or psychic abilities.

Rose does not claim to have those powers. Take her to Venice in February when the mist swirls over the canals, walk by her side along the darkened streets of Greenwich Village in New York City in high summer, listening to a ghost walk tour guide tell the stories of death, murder and the unexplained – Rose would say those stories and our belief in them gives her a power to see into the shadows within our imagination.

As a journalist, Rose takes every opportunity to explore and investigate strange stories, myth and folklore. Living in rural Yorkshire, with a rich library of ghost stories and literary tradition, Rose also has a sceptical and forensic insight into those who peddle the stories which feed our imagination but of which we have yet found no proof. She has listened to the debunkers who argue against those believers who are convinced that sand the dark side exist.

Rose’s mind is open. Is yours?

Website: rosezolock.com

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#BlogTour #Review with #Giveaway Mask Beneath Her Face by Rafael Chandler @shanannigans81

Title: Mask Beneath Her Face by Rafael Chandler

Publication Date: October 14, 2017

Genre: Horror/ Thriller

Blurb:

During the 1980s, slashers terrorized America. With machetes and masks, these unstoppable killers stalked college campuses, quiet suburbs, and lakeside cabins.

Thirty years ago, Bobbi Metzger survived a massacre at her 16th birthday party. She spent decades putting her life back together.

Tonight, Bobbi will face a new killer: a high-tech slasher hell-bent on opening the doorway to an abyss of unimaginable horror.

How long can Bobbi survive this nightmare? What will she do to protect the people she loves? How much blood is she willing to spill?

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If you love 80’s slasher flicks like Friday the 13th or Sleepaway Camp, this book’s for you!

Warning: This book contains extreme gore and violence. Not for the faint of heart!

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Review:

Bobbi, Jesse and Sam all have something in common, they all survived. Back in the 80’s slashers terrorised America, no matter how many times you killed them they kept coming back again and again. Now thirty years later the slashers are coming back, even more terrifying than ever.

As the blurb says this book is not for the faint of heart! There is plenty of violence and gore but I liked the fact that it wasn’t too graphic, which is problem I’ve encountered with the horror genre before. I mean I don’t want to read a book and feel like throwing up afterwards!

It has a subtle nod to films like Halloween, Friday 13th, Chucky etc and I would recommend it if you are a fan of any of those movies. There was also an element of the supernatural in the story as it sort of explains why the killers keep coming back even though they’ve been killed a million times.

I loved the characters. Jesse is hiding from his slasher refusing to go near any reflective surface. Bobbi has turned to pills and alcohol, waiting for another fight with her slasher. And Sam who seems to have moved on the best, with a secure job, is hiding a terrible secret about his. Then there’s Cris, a misfit kid who’s been used and abused for pretty much her whole life and adopted into Bobbi, Jesse and Sam’s little family but hides a nasty secret that is going to be a shock to everyone.

I would love to read more about each character and their slasher. I would love it if they each had their own prequel story about how they survived each of their slashers in the 80’s (they are touched upon in the book but I just wanted more!).

My only issue was the fact that was a few too many different points of view. There were the main characters but there were also some of the victims and I felt like it got a bit too much at one point.

Overall a fast paced, gore laden, slasher epic that builds to an absolutely terrifying ending.

Rating: 4/5

You can buy it here:

Amazon.com: https://www.amazon.com/Mask-Beneath-Face-Rafael-Chandler-ebook/dp/B076GT2XXC/ref=asap_bc

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About the Author:

Rafael Chandler writes novels (Hexcommunicated, The Astounding Antagonists), video games Rafael-Chandler-photo(SOCOM 4, Rainbow Six: Lockdown, MAG), and tabletop role-playing games (Teratic Tome, Lusus Naturae). He’s a metalhead, a kaijuphile, and a gorehound.

Author site: http://www.rafaelchandler.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rafaelchandler

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#Review Literary Stalker by Roger Keen @The_Mad_Artist @DV_Publishing

Title: Literary Stalker by Roger Keen.

Publisher: Darkness Visible.

Genres: Horror, Mystery/Thriller, Psychological, LBGTQ

Published: 17th September 2017

Description:

If you value your life, don’t dare to suggest to Nick Chatterton that he’s not a good writer!

Nick is embarking on his latest crime/horror novel – a pastiche of the Vincent Price movie Theatre of Bloodwhere Nick draws up a hit list of his enemies within the writing world and gets his narrator to dispatch them according to the plots of classic crime and horror movies, such as Reservoir Dogs.

Top of the list is a writer who is both a superstar of the horror genre and who in Nick’s reckoning has wronged him the most. Nick first met Hugh Canford-Eversleigh at a reading more than a decade ago and fell madly in love with him, interpreting their encounter as the start of a magnificent affair. Nick’s feelings soon expanded into full-blown obsession, and he stalked Hugh, believing his love would eventually be returned. Nick was repeatedly rebuffed, much to his anger, but it was years later that his rage reached murderous proportions, due to an unexpected and outlandish twist of fate.

Now through his novel, The Facebook Murders, Nick is settling all his old scores, blurring the lines between autobiography and fiction – and with his obsessions reaching fever pitch, blurring the lines between writing about nasty stuff and doing nasty stuff for real.

Set within the milieu of British horror, fantasy and sci-fi writing, Roger’s new novel continues with the metafictional experiments of The Mad Artistinvolving self-begetting and nested narratives looping and interfacing. As a horror/crime piece with liberal amounts of violence and multifarious nods to simpatico novels and movies, it plays with ideas of genre, and in the traditional of metafiction, it’s very ‘nudge-wink’, tongue-in-cheek and blackly comic.

Review excerpt:

Literary Stalker works wonderfully as a genre thriller with a delightfully absurd comic edge…a clever piece of genre writing, self-aware and self-critical, but uncompromisingly entertaining. If there are any criticisms to be made about the novel, it would take a braver reviewer than me willing to risk pointing them out to the author.” – Noel Megahey, The Digital Fix, Geek Life

Full review: https://www.thedigitalfix.com/geeklife/content/2665/literary-stalker-roger-keen/

Here is some more info about how Roger came to write Literary Stalker in this blog piece: https://musingsofthemadartist.wordpress.com/2017/10/01/literary-stalker-a-novel-by-roger-keen/

Here are links to two recent interviews which contain other angles:

https://dorsetbookdetective.wordpress.com/2017/10/26/roger-keen-interview-i-find-the-best-kind-of-inspiration-comes-from-unexpected-things/

https://medium.com/@DV_Publishing/roger-keen-on-metacrime-and-metahorror-b3a0b89d5a93

Review:

Nick Chatterton is an unemployed wannabe writer. He’s trapped in a loveless relationship with a flamboyant hairdresser called Robin who is constantly putting him down especially when it comes to his writing career or lack of it. His only retreat is his new book, The Facebook Murders, where he settles old scores with other writers who’ve wronged him but as the book progresses Nick starts to blur the lines between fact and fiction…

Now as an unpublished writer myself, I kind of related to Nick, at the beginning anyway, that sense of why isn’t my work out there on the bestseller lists? Whereas I know my writing needs work, Nick doesn’t and believes a great number of people have conspired against him to make sure he’s never going to become a bestseller. He decides to enact his revenge using classic movie murders as a blueprint. As the story goes along, jumping from past to present, you see his obsessive nature really coming out.

The story is written in the first person and you really get inside Nick’s head and see his warped logic up close and personal which I loved. His is such a lifelike character too, I could almost hear his voice in my head as I was reading it. He’s very pedantic, often giving a little too much information and using long words to show how clever he is. I didn’t think my vocabulary was too bad until I read this book, but I was so glad my Kindle has a dictionary feature otherwise I would have spent half my time Googling words!

There’s lots of horror/pop culture references in the story too, notably the Theatre Of Blood, an old Vincent Price movie, which I have never seen. I have to be honest there was quite a few things that went over my head and unless you are a movie/horror buff you probably won’t get either but I wouldn’t let that put you off.

I also did find the story a little confusing at times, especially as Nick was writing his own book within this book, with bits of his character, Jago Farrar’s, story was interspersed throughout.

This was genuinely one of those books I’m not sure how I feel about now that I’ve finished it, but it has really stuck in my mind. It’s not exactly a page turner but it was engrossing enough to keep me reading until the end.

The best way I can describe this book? Memorable.

Rating: 3/5

Author Bio:Roger Keen was born in London and attended Plymouth College of Art & Design and Bournemouth & Poole College of Art & Design, studying fine art, photography and film. Since then he has worked extensively in television, contributing to many award-winning dramas, Roger Keen Author Picdocumentaries and children’s programmes for the BBC, ITV and Channel 4. His programmes have won Royal Television Society, Worldfest-Houston and other awards.

He began publishing fiction and non-fiction in the 1990s, specialising in dark short stories and articles and reviews concerning weird film and literature. He has a particular interest in the Surrealists, the Beat writers, cyberpunk and the psychedelic movement. His work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines including the PsypressUK Journal, Out of the Shadows,Critical Wave, Writer’s Monthly, Threadsand The Third Alternative. He also contributes to websites such as Reality Sandwich, The Oak Tree Review,The Digital Fix, Infinity Plusand The Zone.

In 2010 Roger published The Mad Artist: Psychonautic Adventures in the 1970s, a novelistic memoir concerning his life as an art student. Using nested narratives, it is a piece of experimental ‘reality fiction’, exploring the interface between autobiography, fiction and metafiction. The recently published metacrime novel Literary Stalkertakes these elements further in pure fictional form.

Amazon Links:

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Literary-Stalker-Roger-Keen-ebook/dp/B075RFGWFR/

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Social Media:

http://www.rogerkeen.com/

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Darkness Visible Publishing – About Us

Darkness Visible is a newly formed publisher arising out of the collaboration of three friends with an interest in offbeat literary and genre fiction. Our first venture is the publication of Roger Keen’s metacrime thriller Literary Stalker, and we hope to expand by taking on other authors in due course.

The term ‘darkness visible’ comes from John Milton’s epic poem ‘Paradise Lost’ (1667). It describes the nature of the flames of Hell, emitting not light but something else entirely. It was also used as a title for a 1979 novel by William Golding and a 1989 memoir by William Styron, concerning his struggles with deep depression.

We like the term because of its striking imagery and poetic resonance, and as a publisher imprint it covers a certain territory in writing. We are specialising in dark, edgy and transgressive fiction and non-fiction, which may lay outside or blur the conventional boundaries of literary categories and genres, and in doing so seeks new fusions and syntheses.

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