‘I took a wander to a bar at the edge of the night, amongst the sprites where the lights die and fold…’
Of the desperate, the lost and the heartsick. Of the wild, animated faces of the city. Of late nights in heaving bars and the early-morning solemnity of tired pubs. Of night-trains cutting swathes of yellow through the cloying darkness. Of city bus lunatics yelling an infinity of prayers to nobody in particular. Of romance in the red-light districts amidst the dancing waifs of working girls. Of this city, this Birmingham and more.
A collection of poetry inspired by, emanating from and reaching far beyond his hometown of Birmingham, England. G J Wood, author of The Master’s Marionettes and Screaming Blue-City Murder, invites you to spend some time lost in A Spaghetti Junction of the Mind.
‘The City was a dream I had, never wanted, woke up and forgot.’
I come out of your dwelling like a wolf with broken teeth.
Like a gull with severed wings, I glide black-eyed to your porch,
Into the torch’s upward flames, a moth, bug-furred and dusted.
I get shot into your paintings like a bullet without aim,
The same spinning wheel, but the spokes are rusted pines,
Like a shark in tethered netting, I look sad-eyed out to sea,
And the rain that makes me silver is a canard of the sky.
A group of strangers inexplicably linked are drawn to a strange dark place like marionettes with hidden strings.
Boyd Shingles; a middle-aged property dealer, has been duped into purchasing a Red house. Far away from the city in the midst of desolate rural shadows, he meets the disfigured and murderous Mr Clay.
Clay has no memory of his life before the Red House. He's being instructed by the voices coursing though the old, web-woven building. He's assembled a tableau of mutilated victims.
Cullen, a former henchman manipulated and tortured by the puppeteer.
Abbott, an old fisherman and his granddaughter, Lily, have also been drawn into the horrible show by The Master of the Marionettes himself, Leopold Carr.
Carr is a malevolent occultist committed to violent and perverse sacrificial tributes.
No one is safe when the Master of the Marionettes pulls his strings and brings forth a long-forgotten evil that will change their world forever...'
G J Wood's debut novel Master of the Marionettes is a tour de force of modern horror. You'll not be able to put this book down. Horror with no strings attached.