Wednesday, 10 March 2010



Jake Harker is an outsider, a loser whose nose is always in a horror comic. That is until horror stops being fiction and the Pale Man and his demon Mr Pinch stop Jake on a dark, deserted road. That night, under a tree called the demon's dance, Jake will learn the true meaning of terror . . .

Dawn of the Demontide has a shocking opening that will have any horror fan thrilling to the potential of the story to come and they won’t be disappointed. There’s a real sense of the author enjoying telling this story that he’s done his research, that he himself is a fan and has a passion for the horror genre. I don’t know William Hussey but I couldn’t help but imagine him being like Jake – his nose also well and truly stuck in horror comics, books and films.

The whole novel oozes and sparkles with references to horror classics; a pinch of Dracula (Harker); a touch of, perhaps, Frankenstein’s monster; a sprinkling of Hammer House of Horror; a huge great dash of demonology; and all stirred into a seething cauldron full of witchcraft history and folklore. But all these references only add to an already rich tapestry of twisting plotlines and intriguing characters, where nothing and no one is quite what they seem.

A dark, brooding atmosphere conjures up a world of mystery, supernatural forces, good, evil and morality in all its complexity. Because this is no black and white book of good and evil, characters are complex and passionate, many shades of grey, and full of surprises, and all this gives greater depth. There are no cardboard characters inhabiting these pages and the story is stronger for it.

Full of visceral horror, it’s a contemporary, fast-paced page-turner full off tension and with old school horror running deep through its bloody veins. For fans of the horror genre it appeals on many levels and there really is something for everyone; magic, demons, witches, human sacrifice, deadly mists, exploding toads (you’ll see why), plot twists and turns, historical references but most of all quality storytelling from someone who really seems to know his witches from his warlocks.

The first book in a trilogy, Dawn of the Demontide works well as a standalone novel but also opens up the reader to so many possibilities for the sequels. A dark and exciting start to a wonderfully imagined world.

An interview with Witchfinder: Dawn of the Demontide author, William Hussey.

1 comment:

Jon M said...

Sounds delicious! Have to investigate!

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