REVIEW SUMMARY: Like a steampunk cross between The Terminator films and The Darkness comic.
PROS: Compelling characters; interesting premise; lots of potential.
CONS: Lots of questions but few answers; predestined events lessen suspense.
BOTTOM LINE: An interesting, if flawed, start to a series with loads of potential.
I didn’t get far into The Wolves of London by Mark Morris before I had to check the book description to make sure I was reading the right thing. Book One of the Obsidian Heart series starts out so grounded in reality that despite the promises made on the back cover I didn’t quite believe it could progress into the “nightmarish” and “unearthly.” It’s quite the incredible feat and I can’t say I’ve ever experienced its like before. It just goes to show how deft Morris is at writing personal drama. The Wolves of London is a book that hooks readers from the first page and though some elements of the story aren’t as successful as others, Morris tells a twisty-turny tale of the supernatural that is sure to thrill and intrigue.
[NOTE: This is part of a series of Q&As with the Shirley Jackson Award nominees.]
Mark Morris became a full-time writer in 1988 on the Enterprise Allowance Scheme, and a year later saw the release of his first novel, Toady. He has since published a further sixteen novels, among which are Stitch, The Immaculate, The Secret of Anatomy, Fiddleback, The Deluge and four books in the popular Doctor Who range.
His short stories, novellas, articles and reviews have appeared in a wide variety of anthologies and magazines, and he is editor of the highly-acclaimed Cinema Macabre, a book of fifty horror movie essays by genre luminaries, for which he won the 2007 British Fantasy Award.
His most recently published or forthcoming work includes a novella entitled It Sustains for Earthling Publications, a Torchwood novel entitled Bay of the Dead, several Doctor Who audios for Big Finish Productions, a follow-up volume to Cinema Macabre entitled Cinema Futura and a new short story collection, Long Shadows, Nightmare Light.
Kristin Centorcelli: Congrats on the Shirley Jackson Award nomination! Will you tell us about your novella and what inspired you to write it?
Spectral Press has posted the table of contents for the upcoming anthology Spectral Book Of Horror Stories edited by Mark Morris and sporting a wonderful cover from Vincent Chong.
The book will be published in September but can be pre-ordered now.
Here’s the table of contents…
- “On The Tour” by Ramsey Campbell
- “The Dog’s Home” by Alison Littlewood
- “Funeral Rites” by Helen Marshall
- “Slape” by Tom Fletcher
- “The Night Doctor” by Steve Rasnic Tem
- “Dull Fire” by Gary Mcmahon
- “The Book and the Ring” by Reggie Oliver
- “Eastmouth” by Alison Moore
- “Carry Within Some Small Sliver of Me” by Robert Shearman
- “The Devil’s Interval” by Conrad Williams
- “Stolen Kisses” by Michael Marshall Smith
- “Cures For a Sickened World” by Brian Hodge
- “The October Widow” by Angela Slatter
- “The Slista” by Stephen Laws
- “Outside Heavenly” by Rio Youers
- “The Life Inspector” by John Llewellyn Probert
- “Something Sinister In Sunlight” by Lisa Tuttle
- “This Video Does Not Exist” by Nicholas Royle
- “Newspaper Heart” by Stephen Volk
Spectral Press has posted the table of contents for the upcoming anthology The Spectral Book of Horror Stories edited by Mark Morris:
Here’s the description of the book and anthology series:
Published by Spectral Press, edited by acclaimed, award-winning novelist Mark Morris (Toady, Stitch, The Immaculate, Fiddleback and the forthcoming Obsidian Heart trilogy) and inspired by the Pan and Fontana books of horror and ghost stories, which were hugely popular in the 1960s and 1970s, The Spectral Book of Horror Stories will be the first volume of a non-themed annual horror anthology, showcasing all-original stories by the very best writers in the genre.
Each yearly volume will contain around fifteen to twenty stories, and will be available in paperback and e-book format across all platforms.
The cover for each volume will be a new and original work by multi-award-winning artist Vincent Chong.
The Spectral Book of Horror Stories will be launched with a mass signing session at the 2014 British Fantasy Convention in York (September 5-7, 2014), though the book can be pre-ordered direct from Spectral Press.
Here’s the table of contents…