The faces were disfigured: all sores, terrible teeth and mouths, and they were all biting, like biting towards me. It was like a vision from hell, worse than anything you could ever dream about, and the stench coming from them was terrible. They just rose up out of the ground, staring at me, trying to attack me - but they couldn't because they had no bodies that I could see. Just the heads. I'll never forget them. I thought I was going to die at that moment. I was calling out to my wife and Jim and Margaret. The heads were shrieking. It was as if they were waiting for Sherrin to kill me. Like I was some sort of offering that he was making to them." from Mr Gant and the Neighbour from Hell An innocent housewife, a callow young curate, a curious schoolboy, an amiable pensioner, and others like them. Ordinary people, leading ordinary lives in present-day Ireland. Until unwittingly each opened a door into the unknown, and allowed strange forces to enter their lives. Through their shocking, true stories, The Dark Sacrament charts the terrifying struggle against the preternatural, battles that only ended with the intervention of that most valiant of churchmen - the exorcist.
Christina McKenna grew up near the village of Draperstown, Co Derry, Northern Ireland. She trained as an artist before becoming a full-time author.
Her first book, the memoir "My Mother Wore a Yellow Dress", was published to great critical acclaim in 2004. It was described as a "redemptive postscript to over a decade of Irish childhood memoirs, concluding that our past, no matter how painful, need not keep us bound."
It was followed by two non-fiction titles dealing with the paranormal: "The Dark Sacrament" and "Ireland's Haunted Women".
Her first novel, "The Misremembered Man", published in the United States in 2008, is a tragicomedy set in the fictional village of Tailorstown. Contrary to certain press reports, the film rights to this title have not been sold.
Christina has recently completed its sequel, "The Disenchanted Widow". It will be published on August 27, 2013.
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Praise for "My Mother Wore a Yellow Dress".
"There have been many books recalling Irish childhoods published over the last few years, but this one stands out among the rest for the brilliance of the writing".
"Lyrical and elegiac but never sentimental . . . "
Praise for "The Misremembered Man"
"McKenna's ability to create real human drama . . . reminded me of Brian Moore's simply wonderful The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearn."
The Washington Times