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Thanatos Rising: Too Dark for Science (The Memoirs of Harry Chesterton Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

D.P. Prior
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Book Description

Too dark for science and too evil for theology, but some secrets refuse to stay hidden.

Postgraduate student Harry Chesterton uncovers a trail of dark science that leads to the old monastery above the Welsh university town of Aberystwyth.

With bodies beneath the cafe, residents oozing puss from puncture marks on their necks, and the disappearance of the University Chaplain, Chesterton’s research into post-mortem consciousness is about to leap off the page.

The Memoirs of Harry Chesterton were found by the author in an attic flat in Eastbourne along with Chesterton’s final letter before crossing over into the world of Thanatos.

Thanatos Rising constitutes the first volume of memoirs which recounts Chesterton’s perilous investigations in Aberystwyth up until the time of his first disappearance.

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About the Author

D.P. Prior read Drama, Classics and History at the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. He studied Mental Health Nursing at the University of Sussex and read Theological Studies at the University of Notre Dame, Western Australia. He is the founder of the online discussion community Mysticism Unbound. He works as a Personal Trainer and author.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 319 KB
  • Print Length: 88 pages
  • Publisher: Homunculus; 2 edition (11 Aug. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003ZDP2E8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #562,363 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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D.P. Prior is the author of the acclaimed SHADER series of fantasy books and the Chronicles of the Nameless Dwarf.

Twitter: @NamelessDwarf

Email D.P. Prior with comments, feedback, questions, and donations of wine: derekprior[at]

If you are new to the fantasy works of D.P. Prior, start here:

Shader series book 1: Sword of the Archon

D.P. Prior's The Nameless Dwarf is a spin-off of the Shader series. The best order in which to read the books is:

Shader book 1: Sword of the Archon
Shader book 2: Best Laid Plans
Shader book 3: The Unweaving

Nameless Dwarf book 1: A Dwarf With No Name
Nameless Dwarf book 2: Axe of the Dwarf Lords
Nameless Dwarf book 3: The Scout and the Serpent
Nameless Dwarf book 4: The Ebon Staff
Nameless Dwarf book 5: Bane of the Liche Lord

Watch out for the 2014 release of HUSK, a standalone book set in the same world as Shader and The Nameless Dwarf.

Also pending:

Shader book 4: The Archon's Assassin (2014/2015)
Shader book 5: Rise of the Nameless Dwarf
Shader book 6: Saphra

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5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy, morbid and utterly engaging 17 Aug. 2010
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"Thanatos Rising" is a vivid entry into the adventures of Harry Chesterton, a postgraduate student of the University of Wales, Aberystwyth. As Chesterton continues with his research into post-mortem consciousness he becomes aware of mysterious disappearance, strange happenings beneath the cafe in Pier Street, and a a trail of dark science (or perhaps even magic) that leads to the old Carmelite monastery on the hill.

The book starts with a letter to the reader from Chesterton which had me immediately hooked. It then shifts into intimate first person narrative with evocative descriptions and revealing POV thoughts.

The story unfolds smoothely, always moving forward in a succession of odd encounters and discoveries until Chesterton is faced with an impossible choice.

The language is rich and varied, the pace and tone masterly. This is my favourite of Prior's books, a tour de force in gothic horror fused with dark science and fantasy.

The end is literally a new beginning that left me dying to read the next installment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hazy Memories That Were Left Behind 28 May 2012
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This 88 page story is a real mind warp. The writing style is certainly impressive, although it does take some getting used to, as the reader is drawn into a small Welsh village where odd things are happening and most people seem to have something to hide. The story works on several levels some of which probably went over my head! The basic premise is a student trying to locate a mysterious scientist while working on a thesis. But the richness of the writing and the many levels of subtext take this story onto a much higher plane. There's so much woven into the language of the story that the mind begins to spin. The author obviously has put a lot of thought into this work and it's certainly worth exploring if you're prepared for something deeper than the usual horror pulp fiction .....
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4.0 out of 5 stars Dear diary, life just got horrific! 18 Aug. 2014
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This type of book would not be my normal choice of read but seeing as I enjoyed the Nameless Dwarf Chronicles by Prior, I thought I’d give it a go, especially considering it featured the malevolent, Otto Blightey.

The story follows the memoirs of Harry Chesterton and is set in the present day and age, exploring the big question of what happens after we die and how much of us is left behind. The idea of the soul leaving behind a footprint after it has gone is not a new concept but the way in which this has been written is quite clever and engaging. The method of telling the story by way of memoir was an excellent idea and only helps make the entire experience flow, adding a nice amount of suspense and life to the tale.

Even though it was only a novella there was plenty going on and a real depth to sink your teeth into. The ending was not a complete surprise to me but then maybe that was because I have already encountered Mr Blightey in Prior’s other work and so had preconceived ideas of how this would finish; not that I was disappointed in anyway because of this though. In fact the only let down for me is that I cannot find book two of Harry Chesterton’s memoirs anywhere, so get back to your attic Mr Prior and start digging around, I want to read some more!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Weird, dark and amusing 15 Dec. 2011
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This is a somewhat bizarre and interesting tale told by a protagonist who reminds me of a slumming Laurie Taylor (Radio 4's sociologist host of Thinking Allowed) who appears to have decided to follow some deviant desire to spend his mid-life crisis in Aberystwyth studying/continuing the work of a disgraced Oxbridge academic, the mysterious Dr Otto Blighty. I have to say I was pleasantly surprised by this novel which I got because it was free but its dreary, League of Gentleman style sardonic weirdness I found well told and compelling. The lack of depth in characterisation and jerky, obscure plot-line are a deliberate and necessary device, the reasons for which become apparent as you near the end of this all too short novel. I shall be keeping an eye out for more of Mr Prior's work and I will gladly part with some of my hard earned income to support his endeavours in the literary field.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I disagree 7 Dec. 2011
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With the previous reviewers. I hated this book, despite persevering and approaching this effort with an open mind. The characters have no depth, they just appear and disappear with minimal engagement and seemingly little point beyond forcing through what has to be one of the most bizarre story lines I've read in a while (and I read *anything*). The plot meanders and requires intense concentration to follow, along with the expectation that the reader suspend all common beliefs and gives no reference framework to base perceptions and observations on. The book reminded me of a series shown on Sky 1 called "This is Jinsy"; I was bewildered by the series and bewildered by this book in equal measure. Meh.
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