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Author Topic: My Novel: "A Season of Strange Dreams"  (Read 850 times)


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My Novel: "A Season of Strange Dreams"
« on: April 26, 2013, 09:35:02 am »
Hi Cauldron folks!

If any of you enjoy film noir, urban fantasy or horror fiction with pagan/occult themes, you might like my new book.

I'm very proud to announce that Dark Quest books has just released the Kindle e-book edition of “A Season of Strange Dreams”:

Here's the publisher's blurb:

Jim Rankin is Noctiviganti, a “night wanderer” who can visit the world known as the Fringe in his dreams. Jim is an occult detective, a killer and a secret policeman, the warrior retainer and unquestioning servant of the Paramount, the tyrannical yet supremely beautiful queen of the Fringe. The Fringe is the world of myth and mystery from which our own world was born at the beginning of time. At its heart is a great city, the City at the Heart of Her Dreaming, and in the city is a bottomless Pit or Abyss.

Jim has been in hiding for five years, wandering aimlessly from state to state after killing his best friend Frank Barnham on a botched mission for the Paramount. Prompted by messages from the spirits of the Fringe, Jim comes out of hiding and takes a Greyhound home to Nottamun, the city where he used to work with Frank before the killing.

A reckless occultist has opened a gateway to the Fringe. *Someone has to stop more of the Fringe’s magic from corrupting our world. Someone has to close it. Jim unfortunately is it.

For those of you who read the old paperback edition from Be Write Books, this version has some new material to make the backstory a bit easier to follow. A new paperback edition should be released later this year.  

“An astonishing tour de force of noir fantasy, characterized by some of the most beautifully lyrical, atmospheric writing I've come across in a long while. Chris Thompson skilfully blends the mean streets with the streets of dreams in this highly evocative concoction, offering the reader bafflement, dazzlement, gritty hard-boiled realism, wonder and astonishment in turn - but always delight. A Season of Strange Dreams will remain in your mind long after you've turned the final page.” (John Grant, co-editor of The Encyclopedia of Fantasy)

“C.S.Thompson summons up a darkly poetic masterpiece in A Season of Strange Dreams. Enter the life of Jim Rankin, the Nightwalker, who slips between the fabric of the dark city of Nottamun and the blackness of a dreamworld known as the Fringe. As the border of the two mysterious worlds loses definition, the Nightwalker travels through violence, memories and self-judgement to find a way to salvation. Thompson's writing is brilliant. The imagery of his words is equal to the paintings of H.R.Giger; horrible, cruel and seductive. If you enjoyed Neil Gaiman's Neverwhere, read A Season of Strange Dreams.” (I. Hunter, Portland, ME)
“There are not many authors, even in the gothic urban fantasy genres who dare to handle the darker sides of insanity and the occult as brazenly as Thompson does... A Season of Strange Dreams is one of those stories that stays with you at night when you lay down to sleep. It leaves you wondering what lies behind your dreams, what battles are fought while you sleep.” (Alan Rogers)


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Re: My Novel: "A Season of Strange Dreams"
« Reply #1 on: April 26, 2013, 11:36:47 am »
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Hi Cauldron folks!

If any of you enjoy film noir, urban fantasy or horror fiction with pagan/occult themes, you might like my new book.

I'm very proud to announce that Dark Quest books has just released the Kindle e-book edition of “A Season of Strange Dreams”:

Sounds interesting. I'll check it out!
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