“Explosive, high impact. Lots of horror, alternative realities, evil entities and battles to overcome evil – fabulous!” Amazon Review
It’s that time again: All Hallows’ or Halloween and the house spirits in my 17th century hovel are telling me to set a novel free. A novel in a hovel, eh? One such spirit was a marketing agent in a past life and says the book has to be my second novel, AND SOON THE SONG. Its seasonal time frame is apt, it’s set in deepest, darkest Derbyshire (besides New York, the 12th & 17th centuries, and the Okefenokee Swamp in Georgia) and contains many evils, both human and decidedly un or in-human. Hopefully, these relentless evils are counteracted by goodness, not an easy state for flawed humans to achieve without violence and sacrifice, but it’s wot we got, guv’nor.
Like many Christian festivals, All Hallows’ was purloined from a previous Celtic festival: that of Samhain. It is intended to be a remembrance of the dead in the Christian festival, specifically the good old Hallows’, or Saints. Samhain, in contrast, is to mark the close of summer, the end of harvest time and the beginning of the dark days of winter. The old gods are propitiated in order to ensure survival through winter, necessary without the benefits of central heating or Tesco.
I’d love it if lots of you who haven’t done so download SONG. Reviews are very welcome, of course, since it only has eight to date. If you have a problem with the Amazon download let me know and I’ll try to get you another format. It won’t be available as a paperback until next year. Thank you also to the wonderful folks who have already left a review. You are stars and I truly appreciate it.
SONG came about as the result of a visit to an English country house some years ago mentioned in another thread on here. My visit was a bit odd to say the least, but all true. The character of mad, bad and dead Elyssia is based on a portrait, hanging in the main gallery of the house, of a strikingly beautiful, green-eyed woman. Years later, when I returned to the house, the painting was gone and I was informed that there had never been such a painting at any time during the long history of the house.
SONG sprang from that experience, one I could not, and still cannot, explain. There is more, but you would not believe it. I’m not sure I do.
There are ghosts, Crusaders, The English Civil War, two fractured people, a crazy New York gang member, a slightly mad nanny, an equally bananas butler and a trio of Japanese Tosers driven by their own incorruptible instincts. (Love the dogs – must have been one in a previous existence). The novel is set over 900 years and in two countries – England and America.
Hero Toser, Chan. My personal favourite.
There is violence of all varieties, a forbidden love that breaks the bounds of ‘decency’, and behind it all looms the massive presence of Hearthstone Hall. As one reviewer, my friend and fellow author Mari Biella, says, “Hearthstone is a character in its own right…” and she has it, precisely.
Anyway, less flagellation of the deceased equine, if you have time, download it. If you do not, then I would appreciate any reblogs or mentions to friends, family, complete strangers, your dog, cat…. If none of the above, then the old gods, Chan and my house spirits have your address…
I shall, of course, be dancing naked – except for sturdy brogues and a woolly balaclava – around nearby standing stones on the feast of Samhain, but only if the weather is pleasant and nobody else from the Derbyshire Tap Dancing & Inappropriate Public Nudity club turns up.
More Amazon Reviews:
“There is evil here, and it is really frightening.”
“All the characters have flaws; some benign, some crazy, some indescribable, this really is your worst-ever nightmare.”
“Thoroughly recommend this book of terror; DO NOT read before bed though, pick an afternoon.”