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The Love of the Dead

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Product details

  • Paperback: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Evil Jester Press (13 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615668100
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615668109
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,552,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Craig Saunders is the author of over thirty novels and novellas, first published with 'Rain' in 2011. Stories include 'Deadlift', 'Vigil', 'Damned to Cold Fire' and 'Masters of Blood and Bone', called 'A rare treat from a master of horror' by The Examiner. Which is nice, isn't it? His writes dark fiction/horror with an element of crime or mystery, and epic fantasy. His shorter fiction appears in various anthologies and magazines. Sometimes he dabbles with humour - but only when he's feeling serious. Born in 1972 in London, England, Craig did some stuff (like growing up - abridged version), then studied Japanese and Law in Cardiff, Wales. After deciding the legal side of the law wasn't much fun, he worked in Japan. Lived there, too. Obviously. Hell of a commute, otherwise. He experimented with jobs as diverse as a translator and interpreter, English teacher, editor, dog walker, carpenter, doorman, and others besides. He lives in Norfolk, England, with his wife and children. He likes nice people, warm sheds and good coffee. Find out more at: www.craigrsaunders.blogspot.com www.facebook.com/craigrsaundersauthor @Grumblesprout Praise for Craig Saunders: [Masters of Blood and Bone] '...combines the quirkiness of Dean Koontz's Odd Thomas series with the hardcore mythology of Clive Barker to create an adventure that is both entertaining and terrifying. This is horror adventure at its finest.' - examiner.com [Vigil] 'A gripping accomplishment.' - Murder, Mayhem and More. 'Saunders is fast becoming a must read author in the realms of horror and dark fiction.' - Scream. [Bloodeye] '...razor-sharp prose.' Wayne Simmons, author of Flu and Plastic Jesus. 'Plain and simple, this guy can write.' - Edward Lorn, author of Bay's End. [Deadlift] 'Noir-like, graphic novel-like horror/thriller/awesomeness.' - David Bernstein, author of Relic of Death and Witch Island. 'A master of the genre.' Iain Rob Wright. [Spiggot] 'Incredibly tasteless, shamelessly lowbrow, and very, very funny.' - Jeff Strand. [A Home by the Sea] 'Brutal and poetic, like good horror fiction should be...' - Bill Hussey, author of Through a Glass, Darkly. [Rain] 'I'd say it's the best book I've read in a year.' - The Horror Zine. [Damned to Cold Fire] 'A horror novel full of emotion and heart.' - Ginger Nuts of Horror. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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This book centres around two main characters. Firstly Beth, a broken woman who lives with her son in a house overlooking the Norfolk coastline. Beth is haunted by a tragedy in her past which has turned her into a recluse who relies on drink to see her through each painful day. She is also a medium with a gift for seeing the dead. The other character is Coleridge, an overweight divorced detective. The two characters lives colide when a series of grusome murders begin to take place. The victims are all gifted mediums and Beths life becomes in danger when she begins to see visions of the killer. I found the character of Coleridge very endearing. I felt nothing but sympathy for Beth as she lived one day after the next striken with guilt and greif.
I fell in love with Craigs writing after reading the wonderful "A Strangers Grave" and "Love of the Dead" is equally well written and gripping. This is a great supernatural horror and I loved the whole concept of the book.
I would recommend this book highly and if you enjoy it then you will love "A Strangers Grave" too.
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Why has it taken me this long to discover Saunders? I attended his reading at FCON and I quickly entered his name on my "to read" list. I am delighted to have finally found the time to read his work. I wasn't sent this to review, by the way, I downloaded of my own fruition and pleased I did.

Horror, supernatural thriller and crime drama, this cross genre tale is wickedly deceptive as it takes us on a chaotic journey that crosses worlds from the dead to the living.

Beth is a reclusive medium whom speaks to the dead. With a tragic past, she attempts to heal her soul by immersing herself in alcohol. She lives with her teenage son, Miles, in a quirky two-bedroom cottage on the coast of Norfolk.

Beth receives a message from the dead world in which she regularly converses. Beth knows this message is directly related to recent gruesome murders. Norfolk has a serial killer, who targets psychics, and takes trophies from his victims. With possible information that may give the police a lead, she contacts DI Coleridge.

Coleridge is an overweight detective, biding his time after twenty-five years on the force. Suffering with self-esteem issues and depression, a marriage down the pan, he's hardly the most honest detective on the force. However, I felt empathy towards this character - a sign of a good writer. Beth is also not without her own issues; Beth has a tragic back story. If I say too much here it will spoil the plot.

Whilst this book has elements of thriller and crime drama, let's not forget it is horror. The main protagonist is a chillingly evil creature that will fill your veins with fear. With the ability to cross worlds he possesses powers no mortal can have. Saunders delves into a being that was around before humans existed.
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Beth is a medium with talent, a dead eight year old son, and a secret than haunts her more than the spirits that surround her. She also has a liking for cheap scotch, but she functions well, until her friends and colleagues start dying. Beth is not necessarily a likeable character, but as a reader I did feel something for her. I think the guilt she carries on her back makes it impossible to trust her, and she certainly wants to keep a few things secret. Coleridge, on the other hand, is very likeable, and as the policeman in charge of the case, we can’t but help to feel sorry for him. This book isn’t your average murder mystery, or medium solving a mystery. It branches off somewhere towards the end into horror. Well worth a read, especially if you’re not looking for perfect characters with perfect lives, because the characters are refreshingly flawed with human vices.
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I was given a free review copy of this, which is just as well because I never would have even looked at it based on the cover image. I know they say you're not supposed to judge a book by the cover, but we all do it, don't we? When I first saw it I immediately thought 'god-squad book' but felt obligated to at least read the first chapter.

I'm glad I did, because it's a really good book. Tight paced, good characterisation, and not even remotely related to the cover image. (Well it is, but not in the way I expected). There's no point saying anything about the plot because others have already said it, and it's in the product description anyway. But it reminds me a lot of the American TV series Medium, or more specifically the UK series Afterlife. So if you liked any of those, you will like this too.

There is one major fault I should point out though, and it is what loses it a star for me. The book is set in England, with English characters, but it has been translated into American. I don't mind the funny spelling, missing U characters, the occasional Z where there should be an S, but when you have English people using "cells" and dialing 911 for the Fire Department it's just ... wrong. And it definitely jars you out of the story when these things pop up out of nowhere.

If the publisher is reading this, please give us the original English version. Save the bastardised version for the American market if you must, but you should really credit American readers with some intelligence.
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