have in my possession, a specimen
known as the 'GANGES RED'..."
Ashley Reeves is a keen
young journalist, working for "Missing Link"
magazine. When he receives
an intriguing letter from Reginald Mather
he heads out of London
to the Lake District and Mather's island home
in the hope of photographing
a most mysterious insect. The Ganges
Red is a legendary mosquito
of dinnerplate proportions. But does it
The portents aren't good.
The trip north just seems to go from
bad to worse, and once he finally
lands upon Mather's island, Ashley
finds himself at the mercy
of a madman. His host has a grisly secret
up his sleeve. And there's
worse still to be unearthed on the far side
of the island, in the
rundown research facility. But most hideous of
all is Mather's mistress. The
Lady. The Ganges Red controlling his
every move, his every breathe.
And now she has her sights on
Vincent Carter used to work for Transworld/Random House.
biography he tells us that he used to add various
additions to his inhouse emails, and his notes caught
attention of one of the editors. When they bumped into each
at an office Christmas party, she asked if he'd actually
This creepy little number has a fabulous
monster at its beating heart.
The first-time author blends
Lovecraft and Poe in with the bloodletting,
to really get under the reader's
skin, and into the head. The island
setting is grand, with Mather's neglected
home, and its abandoned
facility beyond in the tangle of
trees and foliage. Who knows what
secrets they harbor? As soon
as our hero sets out for this unsettling
place, you know he's in for
trouble with a captail "T". Hells bells,
even the journey there is frought
with doom and danger.
Some may say the story meanders
from the path a little, after the
first night in Mather's cottage.
Instead of focusing on the Ganges Red,
we're led a merry dance through Mather's
madness and decay, and
the Vietnamese legend behind the
mayhem doesn't quite come together.
The appearance of the insect's nemesis
threatens to derail the
tale all together, and our hero flees
and gets recaptured just a
little too often...
...But when the writing's so
good, who cares? When the Ganges
Red burrows into your mindset
so completely, who's worrying?
"The Hand of the Devil"
welcomes a great new horror writer to our
bookshelf. Just like Darren Shan,
he's been pigeonholed as a
kids horror writer, but this
first story sits just as well in an adult
collection. There's blood here.
There's death, and our hero is
tossed into an unmentionable
pit of despair that will chill readers
of any age. Oh, and let's applaud
the presentation too. Songe
Riddle's cover art on the hardback
edition is bloody fabulous.
"The Hand of the Devil"
is a very good beginning. What other horrors
does Mr Carter have, lurking
up his sleeve...?
Take your pick of three:
There are signed copies out
there, with a big red Ganges Red
stamped on the title page.
Then there are 300 numbered
editions with the Ganges Red in
purple, signed and lined too,
with famous quotes from Poe,
Housman and Lovecraft.
And even better still,
if you've got the cash, there are 100 extra
special copies with that original
red stamp of the Ganges Red,
plus the author's signature and a
line of famous text. But these
were all snapped up very quickly
Hand of the Devil The
Hand of the Devil
UK Hardback edition.... UK
The author's home on the web, with
more on his books
and a link to his Livejournal...
The publisher's site...
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