Excluding non-fiction and short stories, my reading in the last six months has been exclusively by women writing in the darker genres. There have been some belters but my favourite, thus far, is the novel Home by Rebekah Lattin-Rawstrone.
In my view, to review a book is to spoil it somewhat, so what’s the absolute minimum you need to know that will encourage you to read this book?
• It’s honest
• It’s dark
• It’s exquisitely observed
• It’s understated
• It’s intelligent
• It’s uncompromising
• It’s a page-turner
I hope none of this has ruined the story for you.
Go and get a copy – you’ll be supporting a writer who’s voice deserves to be heard and you’ll give a small, indie publisher a chance to impress you.
Once you’ve read Home, I hope you’ll leave a comment here or review the book prominently and spread the word.
That word, by the way, is: brilliant.
Those astonishingly generous folk at Angry Robot Books are giving away 10 copies of The Book of the Crowman.
GIVING THEM AWAY.
Are they mad or something?
And you don’t even have to answer a question or do a special dance or sing a song or anything. All you need to do is enter for a chance to win.
Insane, isn’t it? Where do they get these ideas from?
Anyway, good luck!
I’m somewhat overwhelmed.
It’s four and a half years since I wrote the opening lines of a novel titled Black Feathers: The Book of the Crowman.
These were the lines:
“When the final days came, it was said that Satan walked the Earth in the guise of a crow. Those who feared him called him Scarecrow or sometimes Black Jack. I know him as the Crowman.”
Seven months later, the first draft was complete but it took almost three years to find a home for the novel – with the wonderful Angry Robot Books. Unfortunately, it was too long to publish in one book so there followed much labour, breaking what was essentially one story into two parts.
Now, however, there’s no need for the story to be split any longer. My copies arrived this morning and they look beautiful together.
With the circle complete, it’s time for me to write a new book…
*gets down to business*
Last year, following the Halloween Top 10 I wrote for The Guardian online, I realised I was incredibly ignorant of horror by women. In an attempt to change that, I have only read horror by female authors since.
So far, I have enjoyed the following books:
The Bloody Chamber and other stories by Angela Carter
Exquisite Corpse by Poppy Z Brite (I’ve since discovered that the author has reassigned his gender as male, so not sure this counts as horror by a woman. I suspect, however, that he may still have been female at the time of writing in the mid-nineties.)
The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson
Mayhem by Sarah Pinborough
The Language of Dying by Sarah Pinborough
Chalk by Pat Cadigan
A Nest of Nightmares by Lisa Tuttle
Skeleton Leaves by Helen Marshall
Path of Needles by Alison Littlewood
It’s been great and I have several more women authors on my hit list, including:
Syd Moore, Muriel Gray, Anne Rice, Alice Hoffman, Michelle Paver, Gemma Files, Sarah Waters, Caitlin R. Kiernan, Joyce Carol Oates and Kaaron Warren.
All suggestions welcome!
The lovely people at SALT Publishing have slashed the price of Blood Fugue again! For a short time, it’s just £1.71 on Kindle.
If you like your vampire fiction brutal, uncompromising and original, this deal’s for you.
Well, today is the day when the final part of the Black Dawn Series becomes ‘visible’.
I almost can’t believe it. The result of four years’ work is now in the public domain, albeit to reviewers only at this point.
Still, it feels like a special moment so I might have a little celebration tonight…
But, until I start to see their responses, all I can do is hope that the critics will be delighted by what they find at NetGalley
When the final days came, it was said that Satan walked the Earth in the guise of a crow. Those who feared him called him Scarecrow or sometimes Black Jack. I know him as the Crowman.
I speak for him.
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