Dinnusos Rises Released as a Paperback

Dinnusos Rises has now been launched as a paperback, and can be ordered on Amazon in the UK and US, and also worldwide through the Elsewhen Press Purchasing Portal.

Set in the same urban landscape as my debut novel The Janus Cycle, and featuring some of the same characters along with new voices, Dinnusos Rises has been described as a ‘contemporary fantasy novel that is in equal parts speculative fiction, literary fiction and surrealism‘ by online magazine RisingShadow, in a review which heralded it as ‘one of the most fascinating novels of the year‘.

Dinnusos Rises

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The vibe has soured somewhat after a violent clash in the Janus nightclub a few months ago, and since then Neal has opened a new establishment called ‘Dinnusos’.

Located on a derelict and forgotten side of town, it is not the sort of place you stumble upon by accident, but over time it enchants people, and soon becomes a nucleus for urban bohemians and a refuge for the city’s lost souls. Rumour has it that it was once a grand hotel, many years ago, but no one is quite sure. Whilst mingling in the bar downstairs you might find yourself in the company of poets, dreamers, outsiders, and all manner of misfits and rebels. And if you’re daring enough to explore its ghostly halls, there’s a whole labyrinth of rooms on the upper floors to get lost in…

Now it seems that not just Neal’s clientele, but the entire population of the city, begin to go crazy when beings, once thought mythological, enter the mortal realm to stir chaos as they sow the seeds of militancy.

Eight characters. Most of them friends, some of them strangers. Each with their own story to tell. All of them destined to cross paths in a surreal sequence of events which will change them forever.

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Dinnusos Rises – Out Now!

Dinnusos Rises has been launched as an eBook today and can now be enjoyed on the following formats: Amazon Kindle (UK, US, Canada, Australia, Brazil, Germany, Spain, France, India, Italy, NetherlandsJapan, Mexico), Kobo, Apple iBook, and GooglePlay.

Set in the same urban landscape as my debut novel The Janus Cycle, and featuring some of the same characters along with new voices, Dinnusos Rises is a standalone sequel and does not require the reader to have previously read The Janus Cycle. But fans of The Janus Cycle will be pleased to catch up with some of the characters they have met before.

Dinnusos Rises

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The vibe has soured somewhat after a violent clash in the Janus nightclub a few months ago, and since then Neal has opened a new establishment called ‘Dinnusos’.

Located on a derelict and forgotten side of town, it is not the sort of place you stumble upon by accident, but over time it enchants people, and soon becomes a nucleus for urban bohemians and a refuge for the city’s lost souls. Rumour has it that it was once a grand hotel, many years ago, but no one is quite sure. Whilst mingling in the bar downstairs you might find yourself in the company of poets, dreamers, outsiders, and all manner of misfits and rebels. And if you’re daring enough to explore its ghostly halls, there’s a whole labyrinth of rooms on the upper floors to get lost in…

Now it seems that not just Neal’s clientele, but the entire population of the city, begin to go crazy when beings, once thought mythological, enter the mortal realm to stir chaos as they sow the seeds of militancy.

Eight characters. Most of them friends, some of them strangers. Each with their own story to tell. All of them destined to cross paths in a surreal sequence of events which will change them forever.

For those of you who prefer paper, don’t worry. As is tradition with Elsewhen Press, the physical version is being launched three months later in July!

Click here, to read the announcement from the publisher.

About my new novel, Dinnusos Rises

So I am having my second novel published by Elsewhen Press!

Now that it has been announced, I can tell you a few things about it.

d-frontDinnusos Rises is going to be my indirect sequel to The Janus Cycle. So if you have not read the first book it will be possible to jump straight into this story (although if you do plan on reading both I would advise it would be much more rewarding to read them in the correct order).

It is based in the same universe – a return to the off-beat, weirder, quirkier version of our own present-day world I created for The Janus Cycle – and it is in a similar vein. It even has the same structure of eight chapters, all narrated by different characters who end up crossing paths during a cataclysmic event at the end of the story.

But there are many differences.

I have always been quite open about the fact that The Janus Cycle was a semi-biographical novel. This new book, while it does still contain echoes from my past, is more about the characters coming into their own and living out their own stories.

I see it as a more mature novel. Just as I am older now, the characters are too. One of the principal themes of The Janus Cycle was personal identity and the structures we live within which pressure people into submitting into stifling societal norms. During that story most of the characters manage to break free, liberate and find themselves (as well as each other). This book is about what happens after. It is about cultural identity. Less about I and more about the we.

There are also going to be some new voices. Of the eight characters who were the primary focus of The Janus Cycle, only three of them are returning again as actual narrators (although most of the others will make an appearance at some point). There were some secondary characters in the first book whom I felt deserved their own chance to shine (and even, in a couple of cases, redeem themselves), and it is they who are going to take the reins in Dinnusos Rises. It is very much a novel of sonder. Where I explore the notion that everyone is complex and has their own story to tell.

I will not say too much more – because I want those of you who read it to discover the rest for yourselves – but, if you haven’t already guessed from the title, there are going to be some Bacchic themes, and those of you who are familiar with the works of Carl Jung and his theory of the Collective Unconscious might find some of the other ideas explored interesting.

I hope it is as much of a pleasure for you to read as it was for me to write.

Dinnusos Rises will be published in a digital edition in April 2017 and as a paperback in July 2017.