Sunday, 5 September 2010

Press Release: 'Corvus Buys Cutting Edge Horror'

From the press release...

Corvus has bought world rights (all languages excluding Canada and the US) in THE MALL, a deliciously terrifying mash-up of horror, fantasy, thriller and satire from Oli Munson at Blake Freidmann.

Laura Palmer, senior Editor of Corvus, said,‘Have you ever felt that moment of brain-clutching, heart-stopping fear when something ordinary mutates into something terrifying, just for a split-second? Like when a light flickers, and the shadows turn menacing. Or when a lift stops suddenly before it’s reached your floor. Well, that’s what it’s like reading The Mall – only it’s not over in a split-second. When I finally finished reading at 4am, my adrenaline was pumping too fast to go to sleep. And I knew I had to buy this book.’

Dan is an angsty emo-kid who works in a deadly dull shopping mall. He hates his job. Rhoda is a junkie whose babysitting charge ran off while she was scoring cocaine. She hates her life. Rhoda bullies Dan into helping her search, but as they explore the neon-lit corridors behind the mall, disturbing text messages lure them into the bowels of the building, where old mannequins are stored in grave-like piles and raw sewage drips off the ceiling. The only escape is down. Plummeting into the earth in a disused service lift playing head-splitting Musak, Dan and Rhoda enter a sinister underworld that mirrors their worst fears.

The author: S.L. Grey is a mysterious, genderless persona. In the past, one of S.L. Grey’s avatars worked in a bookselling chain for 13 years, and gained an MA in Vampire Fiction. Under a different guise, S.L. Grey has animated horror films, won an award for South African fiction and written a love poem to a zombie.

THE MALL is published in Hardback on June 1st 2011.

I don't know about you but I've felt those moments of brain clutching and heart-stopping fear. They scare the life out of me but they're quite delicious at the same time. If that's what 'The Mall' is promising then I'll be keeping an eye open for it in June next year. The press release also reminded me that I've got a couple of books from Corvus sat in the reading pile. Really need to get round to those...

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