Dark Ink by Gary Kemble
Investigating sordid political corruption, journalist Harry Hendrick grows uneasy when he hears rumours of a chilling figure behind it. Mistress Hel plies her dark arts from a luxurious suburban lair, motivated by a desire for revenge from a past marred by terrible wrongs.
This was my first month subscribing to The Abominable Book Club subscription service. It’s a fun monthly book box entirely based around horror. You get one new release (within the last 12 months) and one from their very cool Accursed Library (a second hand acquired book with freaking awesome covers). They also throw in some amazingly local sourced Welsh treats. I could totally get used to that! If you are intrigued this is the box’s contents.
The New Release Book
This month’s book is All My Colors by David Quantick. It’s likely not a book I would have picked up and that’s exactly what I love about book box subscription, it pushes the boundaries of your reading tastes.
From Emmy-award winning author David Quantick, All My Colors is a darkly comic novel about a man who remembers a book that may not exist, with dire consequences. A bizarre, mind-bending story at the intersection of Richard Bachman, Charlie Kaufman and Franz Kafka.
It is March 1979 in DeKalb Illinois. Todd Milstead is a wannabe writer, a serial adulterer, and a jerk, only tolerated by his friends because he throws the best parties with the best booze. During one particular party, Todd is showing off his perfect recall, quoting poetry and literature word for word plucked from his eidetic memory. When he begins quoting from a book no one else seems to know, a novel called All My Colors, Todd is incredulous. He can quote it from cover to cover and yet it doesn’t seem to exist.
With a looming divorce and mounting financial worries, Todd finally tries to write a novel, with the vague idea of making money from his talent. The only problem is he can’t write. But the book – All My Colors – is there in his head. Todd makes a decision: he will “write” this book that nobody but him can remember. After all, if nobody’s heard of it, how can he get into trouble?
As the dire consequences of his actions come home to both Todd and his long-suffering friends, it becomes clear that there is a high – and painful – price to pay for his crime.
The Accused Library Book
This Looks amazing and I can’t wait to read it. A perfect xmas day read, Ha.
For Nick Ryan, private detective, life is all work and no play; his family has left him, and he’s been given six months to live. When his daughter is kidnapped by a gang responsible for a series of murders, he begins an obsessive hunt fof her and will not stop. Time is running out for both of them.
Mad Hallelujah and Other Oddities by Owen Morgan (one of the founders of the Abominable Book Club).
“BEHOLD THESE MAD HALLELUJAHS, WE SCREAM INTO THE DARK…”
An already cracked marriage is obliterated with a single, destructive word…
A hiker is compelled to join a strange child, digging in the woods for truffles…
A clump of hair stuck in a drain turns out to be much more than it appears…
An experiment in rubberisation rebounds in violent fashion at a secret research facility…
A cruel mother’s obession with roses leads to a disturbing and bloody transformation…
All this and more is held within these pages, waiting to be fed. Mad Hallelujah and other oddities is the debut poetry and short fiction collection from Owen Morgan, featuring 14 short stories and poems to make your skin crawl, your brain fizz, and your bones dance. Be warned, these stories will take you to bizarre, gory, and gloriously absurd places…
…but at least you’ll have some fun along the way.
Owen Morgan is a writer from South Wales, UK. His work has, despite his best efforts, been published in places such as Aphotic Realm, Stinkwaves Magazine and Dimension Bucket.
Includes story notes from the author.
Welsh Chocolate Cake
The smallest child already eyed this cake up so we had a slice together. The cake was beautifully chocolatey and moist (always very important in cake). I don’t think this will last too long!
The Ghostling Magazine
This is freaking awesome. I had a flick through already and I’m looking forward to having a good read of it tonight.
Always welcome in this house. We are massive tea drinkers in this house and I love me a great hot chocolate.