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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The Do-Not Press (6 April 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1899344365
  • ISBN-13: 978-1899344369
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 12.8 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,607,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

I've been writing stories since infant school. The first story I remember writing was called 'Fire' and it was about... a fire. Later, when I was 11, I wrote my first horror novel, 'A Package Called Death'. This was 24 pages long and handwritten. I submitted it to Pan Books, with a covering letter. I told them that I understood about publishing, that I was aware that a book needed to sell. 'All of my friends at school will buy a copy,' I wrote. 'So you have nothing to worry about.'

Pan rejected it. But I received a very encouraging letter from them. My next novel was entitled '36 Hours Till Doom' (40 pages) and was about a spy who steals a Russian submarine and, during a stand-off, sacrifices his life by launching all of its nuclear missiles at Moscow. This one was typed out by the mother of a schoolfriend. 'Escape from Asquinon', a Star Wars meets The Lord of the Rings epic was longer still. In fact, it remains unfinished, at around 50,000 words.

I was 20 when I made my first serious attempt at writing a novel. 'ID' was very much an homage to my then hero, Stephen King, a writer whose sequence of early novels beginning with 'Salem's Lot' and included 'The Shining', 'The Stand' and 'The Dead Zone'. A brilliant quartet. It drew me in to horror fiction. 'ID' was dreadful and remained locked in my archive files, never to see the light of day. But I'd hit 70,000 words - novel territory - so it was a psychological victory for me. The next novel, 'Sipping Midnight' was written while I was a student at Bristol Polytechnic, where I was given advice and support from local author David Peak. But it was 'Head Injuries', written when I was 24, that set me on my way.

My most recent books are 'Blonde on a Stick', 'Loss of Separation' and 'Gutshot'. New novels are on their way...

You can follow Conrad on Twitter @salavaria and catch up on the latest news at his website: conradwilliams.net

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Synopsis

Three friends return to the bleak English seaside town of Morecambe, where the ghosts of the past have caught up with them, and try to discover the source of the violence in their lives.

From the Author

News about HEAD INJURIES
I wrote this book in 1993, when I was 24. I was living in Morecambe at the time, staying at a B&B for 6 months while I studied for an MA at Lancaster University.

Since the book was published, Revolution Films (Jude, Welcome to Sarajevo, I Want You, Wonderland) optioned the novel and commissioned me to write the screenplay. It is now in development. We're hoping to be in production - if all goes well - by Autumn, 2000.

Some of the reviews of Head Injuries:

‘Incendiary stuff... marks Williams out as a writer of rare – if warped – imagination.’ Time Out

'Lean, compelling prose marks this out as a thriller of real distinction.' Crime Time

‘...beautiful prose in this brooding and mysterious tale... A first class novel.’ Interzone

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By Jane Aland VINE VOICE on 18 Dec. 2006
Format: Paperback
This is a good solid modern ghost story in the Ramsay Campbell mode, with a trio of friends being haunted by a spectre from the past. Some evocative writing is let down only by the rather suspect pacing of the novel - the book opens with the revelation of the incident that triggers the haunting, and while it's a very strong scene the fact that the rest of the novel features the lead character slowly uncovering this moment means we're always ahead of the hero and, like a whodunit where the reader knows the killers identity from page 1, the result is the book is rather lacking in pace or suspense. Still, a good debut novel.
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By Kong on 4 April 2013
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Nice macabre tale - the story is a little bit sketchy, but the horrifying imagery and unmistakably Northern strain of black humour make it a fairly compulsive read. Called to mind Ramsey Campbell and Iain Banks. You kind of see the ending coming a mile away, but it's not really to the book's detriment, since it's all about the pervasive atmosphere of dread.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Jun. 1999
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Williams uses gripping prose to tell a riveting story. Right from the powerful, disturbing opening, the reader is sucked into an almost surreal world of fear and confusion. Three friends, with a rich tapestry of supporting characters, are drawn mysteriously together to try to unravel a horrible truth from their childhood. Will they uncover their awful secret? And if they do, will they be able to cope with it? You'll have to read it to find out, but be warned: Head Injuries will not let you go until you reach the stunning conclusion. I read the book in one marathon sitting, and I strongly suspect I'll not be the only one who won't be able to put it down.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 30 Nov. 2000
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i loved this. from the shocking opening scene to the devastating climax, this grabs you by the short and curlies and never lets go. williams is a powerful and original writer whose prose simply shimmers, creating intense beauty from grim subject matter. a must for anyone interested in contemporary British fiction.
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