SPECTRAL PRESS IV – KING DEATH BY PAUL FINCH

In 1348, England is stricken by the Black Death.

The worst pandemic in human history has reached the kingdom of the warlike Edward III, a monarch who in battle against human adversaries cannot imagine defeat.
Two thirds of his subjects now perish. Woods become wild again, farmland goes to rack and ruin, villages, towns and castles are left empty, inhabited only by ghosts.
Little wonder that fear of the supernatural reaches an all-time high. Little wonder stories ignite about witches and demons spreading the plague, about ‘King Death’, an awesome harbinger of doom from whom there is no protection.
Cynical opportunist Rodric doesn’t believe any of these. With reckless indifference, he sets out to enrich himself…

One of the best book buying decisions I made this year was taking out a subscription to Spectral Press’s chapbook series.  This is a top quality product in both production values and the quality of the the writing.  The three previous stories from Gary McMahon, Cate Gardner and Gary Fry, have all been excellent stories that have given an insight into the huge breadth and depth of  some of the UK’s finest genre writers.

King Death, follows the high  standard set by the previous entries.  Paul Finch’s tale, set in a plague infested medieval England, where the wandering Roderick is immune to plague that has ravaged a country, is an evocative one, full of excellent writing.  This is an evocative tale, full of tension, emotion and wonderful imagery.   Paul Finch transports the reader into the dirty, mud filled land of a plague ridden England, so fully, you can almost here cries of “bring out your dead” outside your home.  The writing is assured, lyrical but above all it is truly captivating, your heart will be in your mouth at the finale of the story.     Paul’s use of olde world English words is a nice touch, don’t worry folks he has kindly included a glossary in the back.

Unfortunately for all  you poor souls out there who don’t have a copy of this, and the other three chapbooks, it has sold out.   So here is what you need to do.  You need to head over to Spectral Press’s website and get yourself a subscription.  You won’t get books 1 – 4, but it will ensure that you won’t miss out on next run of chapbooks.  Believe me folks the other author’s that Simon has lined up are all top notch, and each will cement Spectral Press’s reputation as a publisher of top quality fiction

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