I don't think I've ever blogged about the launch of a book in all the years I've been blogging.
I've interviewed lots of people, both famous and unknown, who all had one thing in common.... they were interesting. But I've never blogged purely about a book, except to mention one in passing.
Today's the exception, and I make no apologies for it.
Sarah England has written fiction comedy books and a series of short stories verging on the psychology of horror. Today, however, she is realising a long-standing ambition and today has published "Father of Lies", her first full length horror novel as an eBook on Amazon. The paperback version will also be out later today.
I bought a copy (so this is no freebie review for a mate!) and would put it on a par with Stephen King (but not as verbose) and James Herbert.
So what's it about? Read on in Sarah's own words......
Synopsis: 'Father of Lies' is a supernatural horror novel with content which some readers may find very disturbing, and possibly offensive.
With no known identity or family, Ruby is the most aggressive and disturbed patient ever to be admitted to Drummersgate High Security Forensic Unit. Eventually, after almost two years with little sign of improvement, psychiatrist, Jack McGowan, decides to take a risk and hypnotises her - with devastating consequences. A horrific, dark force is unleashed on him and his team, as one by one, each attempts to unlock Ruby's shocking and sinister past.
Set in a remote northern, mining village, where secrets are kept and incomers hounded from their homes, soon enough all paths lead to the heart of darkness... and The Father of Lies.
This book is a culmination of many factors - firstly I originally trained as a nurse and then went to work as a medical rep, eventually specialising in mental health, so much of the medical angle comes from my own background. As part of my my job I worked closely with the psychiatrists treating schizophrenia and depressive illnesses, setting up workshops and conferences, analysing clinical papers and taking a keen interest in the subject area. After I retired from the pharmaceutical industry, I spent over a decade writing fiction - mostly short stories and serials for magazines, but also one novel and a collection of thrillers; and so, when I met a lady who suffered from what used to be called multiple personality disorder (now called Disassociative Identity Disorder), I felt it all came together and was compelled to write, 'Father of Lies'. Around 90% of cases of DID are attributable to child abuse, and thus, although there is nothing graphic in the novel, there has to be a start - a reason - for my main character, Ruby, to be the way she is. Sadly and shockingly, this still goes on today, and that's why I describe the root cause as the heart of darkness. I hope that, by looking at the consequences of such evil, a strong message will come across - that we cannot turn a blind eye to what happens to thousands of children around the world, with the resulting damage to both individuals and society. That was the point of writing this book, which also, of course, is designed to scare the reader witless!
"Father of Lies" is available on Amazon NOW at....
http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B015NCZYKU and http://www.amazon.com/dp/B015NCZYKU