THE BRANDY OF THE DAMNED is an uncategorisable short novel by JMR Higgs (The KLF: Chaos, Magic And The Band Who Burned A Million Pounds, I Have America Surrounded: The Life Of Timothy Leary, First Church On The Moon)...
Russell, Penny and Will have not seen each other for twenty years. Why, then, do they spend a month driving around the coast of Britain in a van refusing to listen to music? Why do they find little blue bottles washing up on the shore containing pages from a future Bible? And why is Penny carrying such a huge spade?
Funny, surprising and good-hearted, The Brandy of the Damned is a dream-like short novel which reveals different things each time it is read. It is the literary equivalent of stepping off the path and heading out into the woods, knowing that if you can’t see what’s ahead you will never be bored.
The Brandy of the Damned is a genuinely original story told by a unique voice. It exists in a genre of one.
"A delightfully skewed look at music, middle age and the landscape of the Great Britain. And utterly unlike anything else you may have previously read on any of those subjects." – reader M Pearson
"What a little beauty this is. Right from the start the idea feels fresh and exciting, with the members of a once-famous band getting together for a road trip in which they plan to drive around the entire coast of Britain, just to make sure it's definitely an island and that cartographers haven't been lying to them." – book review site El Dink
BEAST IN THE BASEMENT is a psychological horror novella by Jason Arnopp (The Last Days Of Jack Sparks, Beast In The Basement, A Sincere Warning About The Entity In Your Home, Auto Rewind, Doctor Who, The Sarah Jane Adventures, Friday The 13th).
In a big house in the countryside, a recently bereaved and increasingly unstable author toils over a novel which will close the best-selling trilogy of Jade Nexus fantasy books.
Speculation and rumour are rife among hardcore Jade Nexus fans that their heroine will die at the novel’s conclusion - a possibility against which they loudly protest via social media as the release date nears.
How do you deal with grief, under such intense pressure? How do you cope with distractions from your work such as a violent intruder, panicked messages from your agent and a potential love interest moving into the cottage across the field? And far worse than any of those problems... what do you do about the Beast in your basement?
Beast In The Basement is a contemporary horror novella about obsession, revenge, censorship, blame culture and personal responsibility. A dark tale with a kick like a mule.
Read it fast before someone spoilers you!
"When the biggest turn in the story occurred, I actually exclaimed (out loud with great exuberance), "Holy ****, that is so ******* clever" – Mich Masoch, CHS Regime site
"I can't get enough of writing like this" – Pablo Cheesecake, The Eloquent Page site
This edition features a new introduction to this collection by the authors. Please, do join Arnopp and Higgs for a basement libation.