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Nightface – New art and a new price

Nightface by Lydia Peever - new coverNightface has been re-released with not only a new price but a new publisher. Now, my re-vamped vampire novel sits alongside my self-published fiction, such as Pray Lied Eve 1 and 2.

The Kindle edition is up right now on amazon.com and paperbacks will be available shortly.

At the moment, the price for the Kindle is about the same – though there will be a remarkably lower price for the paperback. Now that I can adjust pricing myself, these may change so do take advantage of this if you held off before! Even better, there is a match-price special where you can get the ebook along with the paperback for an additional 99 cents.

This comes part-and-parcel with the reversion of rights from my old publisher to me, so a very exciting thing! It has been a while but I must say this comes in good time for the future release of Nightface 2.

Wondering about the cover? That’s the constellation Draco – the great dragon of the north.  Very fitting for this particular ‘breed’ of a blood-drinking killer.

So, please share the link to Nightface , tell a friend, leave a review and let me know what you think! There will be a transition time while the Amazon robots link all of this to previous editions and my author page, but I wanted to share the news the moment I could!

Thank you!

 

 

 

typicalbooks 21 – 666 by Jay Anson – Booktube Review

For my first YouTube video in a very long time, I picked a nice old book. There are several more planned, another already shot, and I really hope I can keep making review videos of my collection.

Afterchanging gear and software, it’s an experiment all over again and we shall see how the winter goes. Pretty sure I’ll never entirely abandon video, and I’m grateful my subscribers have stuck by all this time!

This goes hand in hand with the paid reviews I’ve been doing here and there, plus some of the reviews I’ve done as an advance copy reader. After never really having the time to make the most of my reading I decided to do what I can to make the time, and I hope it is enjoyable and informative.

666 by Jay Anson is a 1981 horror novel by the same author as The Amityville Horror. This was a posthumous release, and I was very happy to find it in a random used book store.

typicalbooks – The Only Child – Andrew Pyper

With a teetering to-read pile and a mobius strip of to-do lists, I gleefully took the offer to review the upcoming Andrew Pyper novel, ‘The Only Child’, when asked by Simon and Schuster Canada.

After enjoying Pyper’s previous work, ‘The Damned’ and ‘The Demonologist’, plus having a chance to sit down with him when the Dark Side Tour hit Ottawa in 2015, I dug into this new novel the same day it came. I tempered this knowing that even if he wrote about characters I didn’t connect with, the book would be well written and allow me to see what his latest work had to offer. That’s a very off chance considering I’d heard there were elements of my darlings like Mary Shelley and Bram Stoker in the story.

My initial feelings were if Thomas Harris were charged with telling the tale of Anne Rice’ Taltos, we would be in the same woods Pyper leads us to. There is no denying the similarities to the familiar federal agent and her charge, the deranged doctor. Their demeanour and cold language, the quid pro quo nature of their interactions, the stark institutional setting, and the nature of the crimes our villain Client 46874-A commited to win an audience with our very deeply flawed hero, Dr. Lily Dominick.

Before too long we are enraptured with the small puzzle posed to Lily by her now escaped patient, and her being the titular ‘Only Child’ carries so much more resonance than the deceptively simple title suggests. As the story winds through the shattered psyche of the main characters, and the intercontinental pilgrimage the blending of their lives turns into for Lily, the reader is presented with some extraordinary implications. Not only are threads woven through the tapestry that is historical gothic horror literature here, but Pyper pulls them all slowly to bunch so much lore around one character the effect is stunning. When you step back, the tapestry has folded into itself only to become all at once flower and fruit. Whether or not his intention was a light hearted suggestion that there could indeed be a central fount to our classic horror writers inspirations, the effect of that suggestion is quite profound. You can’t leave this book without thinking about how wondrous this would be if true. A feeling so many have when pondering the tragic and powerful life of Count Dracula or Victor Frankenstein and trying as best we can with limited scope what it would be like to live a life even remotely similar.

Here we have the life story of such a creature. Without having to thrust this improbable person into a landscape we all know and trust, somehow Pyper takes that place we live and recognize and forces us to see his own creation hidden within all of it. A massive feat, when you think about it, and the exact reason I immediately wanted to read it again. Mobius strip style, to-read pile be damned.

Perhaps it is so hard hitting and engaging because it is written in the present tense. Expertly so, at that, since there is some storytelling of past events that I hesitate to term flashbacks even if that is what they are. They are memories, dreams, or stories within stories. These blend expertly into the timeline of the tale so that not once is this narrative tactic jarring. Another reason this story was so entrancing is the hints and breadcrumbs leading deeper into the forest of history, fiction and fear itself. Even those who only flirt with horror from time to time will delight in the glints of other mythologies here, and the serious student should be entirely dazzled. From body horror, psychological thriller, and pure terror, ‘The Only Child’ hits so many marks without being a messy crossfire that even when only grazing you, this book inflicts a raw flesh wound.

Visit Andrew Pyper online at his site, and do hunt down his other books!

You can pre-order this at Simon and Schuster, Amazon, and elsewhere.