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Cape Wrath [Paperback]

Paul Finch
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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Telos Publishing Ltd (31 Oct 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 190388960X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903889602
  • Product Dimensions: 21.1 x 14.9 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,494,137 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Paul Finch studied History at Goldsmiths, London, before becoming a cop in the north west of England. He then let his passion for writing allow him to follow a career in journalism. Now a full time writer, he first cut his literary teeth penning episodes of the British TV crime drama, THE BILL, and has written extensively in the field of children's animation. However, he is probably best known for his work in thrillers and horrors.

His crime debut novel, STALKERS, was a no 1 ebook best seller in 2013 and introduced DS Mark 'Heck' Heckenburg. This was followed last July 2013 by the sequel, SACRIFICE, and May 2014 by the third in the series, THE KILLING CLUB. The fourth, DEAD MAN WALKING, will follow in November 2014, with the fifth, HUNTED, in February 2015. The Heck series is also to be published in Germany, Poland, Turkey, Hungary, and Japan.

In addition to his Heck novels, Paul has had twelve books and nearly 300 stories and novellas published on both sides of the Atlantic. His first collection, AFTER SHOCKS (Ash-Tree Press), won the British Fantasy Award in 2002, while he won the award again in 2007 for his novella, KID. Later in 2007, he won the International Horror Guild Award for his mid-length story, THE OLD NORTH ROAD. His short novel, CAPE WRATH (Telos), was short-listed for the Bram Stoker Award in 2002, and several other collections of his stories and novellas have been published since, all of them well received by fans and readers. His horror novel, STRONGHOLD, was published by Abaddon Books in 2010, and the same year Pendragon Press published his highly rated festive terror tale, SPARROWHAWK. Paul has also written three DR WHO audio dramas for Big Finish - LEVIATHAN, SENTINELS OF THE NEW DAWN and HEXAGORA, and THRESHOLD, the pilot episode for the DR WHO spin-off series, COUNTER MEASURES. Paul's DR WHO novel, HUNTER'S MOON was published by BBC Books in 2011.

Paul is no stranger to film either, having written scripts for several horror movies. Two of these, SPIRIT TRAP and THE DEVIL'S ROCK, were released in 2005 and 2011 respectively, while his short story THE BELFRIES, is currently being adapted in Hollywood, and his movie script WAR WOLF is under development by Amber Entertainment.

Wearing an editor's hat, Paul is also responsible for the TERROR TALES series from Gray Friar Press, a collection of ghost and horror anthologies exploring the folklore, history and geography of the various regions of Britain.

Paul Finch lives in Lancashire, UK, with his wife Cathy and his children, Eleanor and Harry.

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Craeghatir: a lonely rock, far out on the northernmost tip of Britain; the closest point of land to it, the wild, storm-ravaged Cape Wrath. To call this place bleak is the understatement of a lifetime. Huge cliffs dominate its shores, but within there are green tracks linking secret valleys where tumuli can be found, ancient megaliths and the bones of prehistoric mammals long grown over with moss. The island is now uninhabited and in terms of this beauty and silence, it is an outstanding locale - though few sightseers ever venture there willingly, for Craeghatir has an evil reputation. Professor Jo Mercy of Warwick University's elite archaeological unit doesn't believe the rumours and is keen to investigate a newly-discovered barrow on the island which might contain the remains of Ivar Ragnarsson, perhaps the most infamous of all Viking chieftains. Ragnarrson was reputed to be berserkir - a warrior possessed with the wolf-spirit, whose madness carried him past all pain and reason in the heat of battle, and whose victims were deemed offerings to the wolf-god Fenrir. But Mercy and her team will find themselves faced with more than just the inhospitibal environment on Craeghatir, as the spirit of Ragnarrson is disturbed and death and madness come to the island.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Good read 24 Oct 2013
By Liz
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A pretty gorey and wild ride ,the action starts soon after the group arrive on a desolate island ,there's sex ,mythology and Vikings,I think it would make a good horror film .A good shorter read but not if you're camping !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent historical horror 15 May 2010
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I recently encountered Paul Finch in the pages of Black Static 14. His story We, Who Live In The Wood was an outstanding short story. Full of deep empathy for nature and a sense of place, it was also violent, dark and creepy. In short it was everything I liked in fiction. I decided to seek out more works by Mr. Finch and purchased Cape Wrath as a first step.

The island of Craeghatir is a desolate, isolated rock off Cape Wrath on the northernmost tip of Scotland. The island holds secrets, however, as scattered amongst the trees and lonely crags are ancient megaliths and barrows. It's to investigate these places that Professor Jo Mercy leads a team of young archaeologists. In particular they are in search of the legendary Ivar Ragnarsson an infamous Viking with a penchant for violence.

Before long the team find clues which seem to indicate they are on the right trail but events are set to disrupt the investigation. A series of grisly accidents follow and it soon becomes clear that the deserted island is not quite as deserted as they would like.

Cape Wrath is a short novel which packs a huge punch. Full of tension, extreme violence and in one scene, particularly graphic sex. It's also a book full of that same genius loci that I encountered in the Black Static tale. It's a very powerful portrayal of place, you can almost smell the pine trees and feel the savage wind on your face as you read.

The characters are interesting and some of the complex relationships play a huge part in the developing tensions. The plot is fairly straightforward but that allows for more action and less exposition, climaxing in a vicious and satisfying conclusion.

For me, it wasn't quite up to the standard of We, Who Live In the Wood.
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3.0 out of 5 stars predictable 31 Aug 2014
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A short story that is well enough written but I found it to predictable.
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