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October Newsletter

New book release today and general writing news in the newsletter this month.

My latest book, THE GREEN AND THE BLACK launches today. Before I go on, I’d like to ask a favor. If you could spare a moment, head on over to my Twitter and retweet the pinned tweet at the top, please? The link will take you directly there –> HERE IT IS

The more eyes on my announcement of the book, the better it will be for me, and Twitter gets me the best bang for no bucks. And you’ll make a pal for life. I’m loyal, like a labrador puppy.

THE GREEN AND THE BLACK is a Newfoundland based novel in paperback and ebook from Crossroad Press.

A small group of industrial archaeologists head into the center of Newfoundland, investigating a rumor of a lost prospecting team of Irish miners in the late Nineteenth century.

In this one you’ll meet some Irishmen, some archaeologists, a fair bit of booze, some mannequins, a song, two mineshafts, hospitals, the wee folk, cigarettes, a lot of foliage and more booze.

You could call this folk horror, dark fiction, weird fiction, or dark fantasy. But at its heart it’s a horror story and it deals with some of my own fears, particularly that of dark, enclosed, spaces, and the perils of drinking too much.

Here’s some links with more background on where THE GREEN AND THE BLACK came from.

As ever, if you buy it and read it, a wee review anywhere of your choosing is always appreciated, on this, or any of my books.


In other news, I recently sold my 4th CARNACKI collection, THE KEYS TO THE DOOR and Other Stories, to Dark Regions Press for publication in paperback and ebook. This means that I have now written 50 of my CARNACKI tales, 48 collected in four volumes, and the two CHALLENGER / CARNACKI crossovers in the Challenger collection. 50 seems like a good point to stop for a breath. Ten years ago I hadn’t even written one of the old lad’s stories, and I think both of us need a rest for a few months at least.

I’m currently working on OPERATION: LOCH NESS, #5 in my S-Squad series. The first 4 are selling well for me, and there is an audiobook of INFESTATION coming soon. SEVERED PRESS seem happy for me to keep on keeping on with the Scottish squaddies adventures, and I’m happy to oblige for a while.

My anthology appearances page at my website currently as of writing shows I’ve had 99 short stories in anthologies. #100 should be along some time very soon. I might need to have a centennial party.


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The Ghost Club Launches

My new book, THE GHOST CLUB is now live on Amazon and available in both ebook and paperback, and I’m hoping at least some of you will be interested enough to give it a try. It would help me out enormously if you could tell your friends today, and spread the news. Hell, tell your enemies.

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I’m right in the middle of a twenty-stop blog, podcast and interview tour in support of the launch so come on over and say hi if you want to know what makes me tick. If you’ve missed the earlier stops along the way, I’ve got them all linked on the front page of my website at Williammeikle.com

‘The Ghost Club is a massively ambitious anthology of stories ‘by’ classic authors as imagined by the extremely talented William Meikle. Massively entertaining, too.’ – Simon Clark, author of the award winning The Night of the Triffids

‘In the past, we’ve had the Diogenes Club, the ‘Club of the Damned’, and even Peter Straub’s ‘Chowder Society.’ Now we have THE GHOST CLUB by William Meikle. And it is, quite simply, a delight. Not only has the author displayed his knowledge of and love for the writers of yesteryear, but in creating ‘The Ghost Club’ our host has produced his own collection of unknown and previously unpublished short stories ‘by’ Robert Louis Stevenson, Rudyard Kipling, Leo Tolstoy, Bram Stoker, Mark Twain, H. G.Wells, Margaret Oliphant, Oscar Wilde, H. Rider Haggard, Helena P Blavatsky, Henry James, Anton Chekhov, Jules Verne and Arthur Conan Doyle. I say ‘unknown’, when I mean – of course – that all the stories are written by Mr Meikle in the style of the aforementioned authors; and the entire experience of reading this collection is like sitting with him in an old fashioned study, with a roaring fire, guttering shadows and a snifter or two of brandy as he unfolds his ‘Ghost Club’ tales. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience.’ – Stephen Laws, author of GHOST TRAIN

‘William Meikle is an audacious writer! In The Ghost Club he takes on the personalities of literary icons Bram Stoker, Arthur Conan Doyle, Jules Verne and the like and creates stories they might have told, mimicking their voices and writing styles. And he makes that work! I have too many favorites to name but as I read from start to finish, the stories just got better and better and I found myself as absorbed as if I were reading spooky tales told by these master storytellers. Kudos to Meikle! Lovers of traditional and quirky ghost stories need The Ghost Club in their library!’ – Nancy Kilpatrick. author of REVENGE OF THE VAMPYR KING

‘Masters of literature spin classic spooky tales in this chilling collection.’ – Scott Nicholson, author of THE RED CHURCH

In Victorian London, a select group of writers, led by Arthur Conan Doyle, Bram Stoker and Henry James held an informal dining club, the price of entry to which was the telling of a story by each invited guest.

These are their stories, containing tales of revenant loved ones, lost cities, weird science, spectral appearances and mysteries in the fog of the old city, all told by some of the foremost writers of the day. In here you’ll find Verne and Wells, Tolstoy and Checkov, Stevenson and Oliphant, Kipling, Twain, Haggard, Wilde and Blavatsky alongside their hosts.

Come, join us for dinner and a story.

NEW BOOK DAY: CARNACKI: THE EDINBURGH TOWNHOUSE

My third collection of Carnacki stories based on William Hope Hodgson’s character is out now from Lovecraft Ezine in paperback and ebook

CARNACKI operates in shadowy occult realms, on the fringes of science, in places out of sight and out of mind of normal everyday people. But sometimes the darkness touches the lives of others in ways they cannot understand, and they find they need help – the kind of help that only Carnacki can provide.

In MR. CHURCHILL’S SURPRISE and INTO THE LIGHT Carnacki is called on to help a young Winston Churchill investigate a strangely empty German U-Boat captured in the North Sea, and in dispelling something that is lingering in a London inn that was home to a club of gentlemen seeking illicit pleasures and a path to power.

In FINS IN THE FOG and THE KING’S TREASURE, Carnacki again aids another Hodgson character, Captain Gault, in ridding him of a nemesis brought up from the deeps of the ocean intent on revenge, and in the salvage of a cursed treasure off the coast of Scotland.

In other tales you will meet an Egyptian amulet and the thing that protects it, a photographer whose pictures contain strange developments, a very strange occurrence on a cricket field, an old Edinburgh townhouse that is much more than it seems, and much more.

In these new stories Carnacki helps old friends and new acquaintances in the never ending battle to keep the Great Beyond at bay.

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The Watchers trilogy is back

watchersomnibuskindleMy Scottish historic vampire fantasy is back!

These new editions come from Gryphonwood Press, with shiny new covers by the great Wayne Miller

In my Watchers series I am dealing with a retelling of the Bonnie Prince Charlie story, where romantic myths have already subsumed the harsh reality of a coup gone badly wrong. I needed to strip all the romance out of the Highlanders and build them up from the bottom. Making them a shambling army of vamps and mindless drones seemed an obvious place to start. The Watchers series is a swashbuckler, but there is little lace and finery. What I do have is blood and thunder, death and glory in big scale battles and small scale heartbreak. I love it..


It is 1745, and the long awaited night has come.

The BloodKing calls his army to battle and will bring them South to claim his birthright; the throne of Britain.

Only the young Watchers on the old wall stand in his way.

It is time for them to face their destinies – to whatever end that might lead them.

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The Watchers have failed…but they may yet have a chance at redemption. Can Martin be a leader to his people in their time of need?

And can Sean fulfill his oath without losing his soul?

Neither have much time to consider, for the Boy King is on the rampage…and his heir is waiting to be born in the Blood Chapel of Ross-Lynn.

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A great victory has been won, but the war is far from over.

The Boy-King now needs his bride…and his heir.

The dead are rising. A new darkness is fast approaching. Victory is close…but will the hands of Martin and Sean be too bloodied for them to grasp it?

The conclusion of the critically-acclaimed Watchers series!

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Bonnie Prince Charlie, and all his highland army, are Vampires and are heading south to claim the British throne. The “Watchers” of the title are the guards of the old Roman wall built by Hadrian, now reinforced to keep the vamps out. It is constantly patrolled by officers of the Watch, two of whom become the main protagonists of the series.

I got the idea on a walk along what is left of the wall, and by the time I’d had finished my walk and had a few beers the first part of the trilogy was fully formed in my head. Think “ZULU” or “Last of the Mohicans” with vamps and you’ll get a feel of what I was trying to do.

…superb story. Thoroughly enjoyable from the first word to the last. William Meikle has a wonderfully unique style…” – The Eternal Night Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror

“Breathtaking, Scary and Original. A must read. An impressive blend of horror, history and imagination.” – Dave Dreher, Horror News Network

“I was captivated from the very first scene…Very well written.” – Patricia Altner, author of Vampire Readings

“I’m always impressed when anyone can add a new twist to the venerable vampire canon. Hugely enjoyable fun to read.” – Joe Gordon, The Alien Online

“…descriptions so vivid you can almost hear the clash of the swords and smell the blood.” – Murder and Mayhem Bookclub

“William Meikle does it again! The past comes alive, especially the undead! …the perfect follow-up to his fine debut novel.” – Nancy Kilpatrick, author of The Power of the Blood series, editor of Graven Images

“…a confident and breathless romp through an alternative Jacobean history. Aims for entertainment, and hits the mark.” – Simon Morden, Vector, the magazine of the British SF Association

“The author is relentless; just when you catch your breath, something new and exciting happens, sending you spinning into another part of the adventure, and keeping you flipping pages to see what’s next.” – David Wilbanks, Horrorworld

“Anyone who’s fond of a good story and a good piece of writing will enjoy Meikle’s clever conceits, interesting and earthy characters, and well turned prose.” – Dread Central

“Meikle has taken on a much abused genre and re-invented it to present us with a refreshingly different and sinister tale.” – Counterculture

“The book is very well-written. The language is rich, and… I found myself carrying the book everywhere, and taking slightly longer over lunch than I should have, as I just had to know what was happening!” – The Dracula Society

BERSERKER now in paperback and ebook

berserkerMy Vikings versus Yeti novel, BERSERKER is now available in paperback for the first time and there’s also a shiny new ebook edition, both with the new cover by Wayne Miller.

For Tor and Skald this is their first viking raid. Their minds are full of thoughts of honor and glory. What awaits them are beasts. Huge, hairy and fanged, the Alma will not suffer intruders in their domain. When the Vikings slaughter a female Alma they soon find themselves in a battle of  bloody revenge. Now Tor and Skald must stand and be counted, for their destinies await them high in the mountains, where the hairy ones dance.

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The narrative crashes over you like a tidal wave, punches you like a mailed fist and carries you along with joyful, gory abandon. This book is meant to be consumed with gusto.-INNSMOUTH FREE PRESS

…maintains a delicate balance between character development, plot and brutal action. BERSERKER is an intelligent, fast-paced pulp fantasy novel! William Meikle writes to turns conventions on their heads. – PAGE HORRIFIC

Once again Willie Meikle has crafted a first class adventure story, the narrative rushes along like a Viking Longboat caught in a strong tail wind. That’s not to say that Willie skimps on characterisation and plot. The story is peppered throughout with Viking mythology which adds to the reading enjoyment. Not that there was any doubt that this was going to be a great read, I mean Vikings verses Yeti, you know that’s going to be a killer book. – GINGER NUTS OF HORROR

This new edition comes from GRYPHONWOOD PRESS and is the first of several reissues in the near future.

Big beasties fascinate me.

Some of that fascination stems from early film viewing. I remember being taken to the cinema to see The Blob. I couldn’t have been more than seven or eight, and it scared the crap out of me. The original incarnation of Kong has been with me since around the same time.

Similarly, I remember the BBC showing re-runs of classic creature features late on Friday nights, and THEM! in particular left a mark on my psyche.

I’ve also got a Biological Sciences degree, and even while watching said movies, I’m usually trying to figure out how the creature would actually work in nature – what would it eat? How would it procreate? What effect would it have on the environment around it?

On top of that, I have an interest in cryptozoology, of creatures that live just out of sight of humankind, and of the myriad possibilities that nature, and man’s dabbling with it, can throw up.

Back at the movies again, another early influence was the Kirk Douglas / Tony Curtis movie THE VIKINGS. There’s that, and when I was very young I would be taken ten miles over the hill to the shore at Largs on the Ayrshire coast. There’s a memorial there to The Battle of Largs where Scots fought off Vikings. The story was told to me so often it sunk into my soul, and as kids we spent many a day in pretend swordfights as Vikings (when it wasn’t Zorro – but that’s another story

All those things were going round in my head when I first sat down to write BERSERKER. And there might be some of THE THIRTEENTH WARRIOR in there too.

A new home for some old favorites

I’ve been juggling with rights issues for some time concerning some of my books, but I’m very pleased to announce that I’ve found a new home at Gryphonwood Press for them.

Gryphonwood Press already have a few of my other books, and did a great job with the new paperback of ISLAND LIFE, so I’m really looking forward to these new editions.

There’s going to be paperbacks, audiobooks and ebooks where applicable,  new cover art by Wayne Miller for the WATCHERS series and as you can see from above, a lovely shiny cover, also by Wayne Miller, for my Vikings vs Yeti novel, BERSERKER which will finally see light of day in print after several false starts in recent years.

 

The books concerned are:

  • BERSERKER
  • THE MIDNIGHT EYE: THE AMULET
  • THE MIDNIGHT EYE: THE SIRENS
  • THE MIDNIGHT EYE: THE SKIN GAME
  • WATCHERS: THE COMING OF THE KING
  • WATCHERS: THE BATTLE FOR THE THRONE
  • WATCHERS: CULLODEN
  • THE CONCORDANCES OF THE RED SERPENT

Exciting times ahead.

Onward and upward.

To infinity and beyond.

 

DARK MELODIES – Lovecraft and music

I disdarkmelodiescovered the writing of H P Lovecraft back in the very early Seventies. I came to him, not looking for horror, but for Science Fiction as that was where my prime interest lay back then.

I believe the first story I read was THE DUNWICH HORROR in one of the cheap UK paperback editions. That was enough for me to seek out the rest, and I remember reading AT THE MOUNTAINS OF MADNESS while sitting on the back steps of our house on a hot summer’s day. After that I read everything I could find… his vision of cosmic entities with no concern for the doings of puny humans spoke to me at a basic level. It was only natural that I should turn to some Lovecraftian conceits in my own writing.

Apart from reading, my other big love is for music, in all its various forms. I used to sing in a choir as a lad, and I’ve been playing guitar badly for forty years now. Again, it was inevitable that my enthusiasm for music would seep into my writing.

This book is the result; a collection of stories where music and things that lurk beyond meet and find common, and uncommon, ground. In short, it’s all about music, and dancing in dark places.

I like the focus I have to bring to short stories, where you get in, get out and leave the reader wondering what just happened, like a great guitar solo or an intricate piano piece. Dark Melodies is something I’ve dreamed about since I started writing twenty four years ago… a collection of supernatural stories by me, in hardcover, was all I wanted to achieve when I started out.

And here it is, my first hardcover collection, also available in paperback and ebook, and a publication for which I will always be grateful.

Shall we dance?

Music can transport you. It can bring sunshine on a cloudy day and lift your heart in times of trouble. But there is another side, a darker side, to music.  

Allow yourself to be open to a different melody, and who knows where it will take you.

In this collection you will follow the dance into dark places, down dark passageways, where dark melodies play.

The hardcover is long ago sold out but might be available on the secondary market. The paperback and ebook are still available.

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Here’s the contents

  • The Tenants of Ladywell Manor
  • The Persistence of Memory
  • The Chamber of Tiamat
  • The Unfinished Basement
  • The Mill Dance
  • The Death of Sergeant George
  • Where the Kobolds Dance
  • Rhythm and Booze

 

This is an absolutely wonderful collection, all the stories are character driven supernatural tales oozing with atmosphere and darkness. A symphony of terror (if you don’t mind the pun) and what a symphony it is… I have to say that William Meikle and Dark Regions Press have really put together an excellent collection that should be at the top of your to be read pile and I highly recommend it. – Famous Monsters of Filmland

Cover art by M Wayne Miller, with whom I’ve gone on to work on many projects since. I particularly like the full wraparound effect

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The Tenants of Ladywell Manor first appeared in a Permuted Press anthology, Cthulhu Unbound 2. The Unfinished Basement originally appeared in a Miskatonic River Press anthology, Dead But Dreaming 2.  The other stories are original in print in this edition, and were mainly written with this edition in mind, although the Midnight Eye novella, Rhythm and Booze, had been rattling around my head as a concept for a long time.

A fantastic collection of eight short stories firmly rooted in the Lovecraftian tradition that showcase Meikle’s talent and take the reader on a chaotic trip to some very sinister places… William Meikle is an entertaining writer with a knack for Lovecraftian fiction and Dark Melodies is a testament to that. If you like literature about slumbering gods and the things that inhabit the spaces that open up beyond what we consider real, I strongly suggest you add this tome to your collection – The Lovecraft Ezine

Sherlock Holmes and Me

thelondonterrorsNowadays there is a plethora of detectives in both book and film who may seem to use the trappings of crime solvers, but get involved in the supernatural. William Hjortsberg’s Falling Angel (the book that led to the movie Angel Heart) is a fine example, an expert blending of gumshoe and deviltry that is one of my favorite books. Likewise, in the movies, we have cops facing a demon in Denzel Washington’s Fallen that plays like a police procedural taken to a very dark place.

My interest goes further back to the “gentleman detective” era where we have seekers of truth in Blackwood’s John Silence, Sherlock Holmes and William Hope Hodgson’s Carnacki.

I was raised on Doyle, Wells and Robert Louis Stevenson and I love that historical period they covered in their work. It’s also the time period I’ve come to prefer for my own writing and I can see me settling in there for a long time to come.

thequalityofmercyIt is the character first and foremost that draws me to Holmes. Doyle brought him to life. He is instantly recognizable all over the world and has been for over 100 years. Few other writers have managed that trick.

I’ve written a number of weird Sherlock Holmes stories over the past few years. The first one was THE QUALITY OF MERCY in Gaslight Grotesque for EDGE Publishing.

Since then I’ve done THE CALL OF THE DANCE, published in the Lovecraft ezine, THE COLOUR THAT CAME TO CHISWICK in Gaslight Arcanum and a novella from Dark Regions, SHERLOCK HOLMES: REVENANT, published by them in ebook and paperback.

The above are all also included in the hardcover and trade paperback collection from Dark Renaissance, SHERLOCK HOLMES: THE QUALITY OF MERCY AND OTHER STORIES.

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Wayne Miller illo for THE LONG SLEEP in THE LONDON TERRORS

I have three more Holmes novellas available from Dark Renaissance. THE HACKNEY HORROR, THE LOST HUSBAND and THE LONG SLEEP are in a collated edition, THE LONDON TERRORS, a companion volume to THE QUALITY OF MERCY.

There is also a new short novel, THE DREAMING MAN, due in hardcover and paperback in 2016.

While I’m at it, I must give credit to the great Wayne Miller, whose illustrations, both for the covers and for the interior B&W work are never short of stellar. They make these Dark Renaissance editions into works of art in their own right and I love them muchly.

sherlockholmesabroadThere was also a new short story this year, THE CASE OF THE MALTESE CATACOMBS in THE MAMMOTH BOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES ABROAD, edited by Simon Clark where I got to share page space with some of my writing heroes.

And I’m currently waiting to hear back on a submission to another anthology that’ll be good news if I make the cut.

 
I probably won’t stop until all the bad guys are caught.

See more at: http://www.williammeikle.com/Sherlockandme.html

Why I wrote THE EXILED

My novel THE EXILED is a fusion of several different life threads.

Firstly there’s Edinburgh.

A lot of my work, long and short form, has been set in Scotland, and much of it uses the history and folklore. There’s just something about the misty landscapes and old buildings that speaks straight to my soul. Bloody Celts… we get all sentimental at the least wee thing.

I grew up on the West Coast of Scotland in an environment where the supernatural was almost commonplace.

My grannie certainly had a touch of ‘the sight’, always knowing when someone in the family was in trouble. There are numerous stories told of family members meeting other, long dead, family in their dreams, and I myself have had more than a few encounters with dead family, plus meetings with what I can only class as residents of faerie. I have had several precognitive dreams, one of which saved me from a potentially fatal car crash.

I have a deep love of old places, in particular menhirs and stone circles, and I’ve spent quite a lot of time travelling the UK and Europe just to visit archaeological remains. I also love what is widely known as ‘weird shit’. I’ve spent far too much time surfing and reading Fortean, paranormal and cryptozoological websites. The cryptozoological stuff especially fascinates me, and provides a direct stimulus for a lot of my fiction.

I’ve also been influenced by many Scottish writers. Robert Louis Stevenson in particular is a big influence. He is a master of plotting, and of putting innocents into situations far out of their usual comfort zones while still maintaining a grounding in their previous, calmer, reality. His way with a loveable rogue in Treasure Island and Kidnapped in particular is also a big influence. Other Scottish writers who have influenced me include John Buchan, Iain Banks and, more in my youth than now, Alistair MacLean and Nigel Tranter. From them I learned how to use the scope of both the Scottish landscape and its history while still keeping the characters alive.

But I think it’s the people that influence me most. Everybody in Scotland’s got stories to tell, and once you get them going, you can’t stop them. I love chatting to people, usually in pubs, and finding out the weird shit they’ve experienced.

Which brings me back to Edinburgh. Those of us brought up in the West of Scotland have a love / hate relationship with our country’s capital. We can appreciate the castle, the architecture and the history, but the people have always felt slightly aloof, suffering from a superiority complex that our side of Scotland feels is unwarranted – ‘all fur coat and no knickers.’

The pubs are great though, full of history, atmosphere and characters. It was while working in the city and working my way round a selection of bars that I first got the idea of the killer that is at the heart of the book, but I could never find the right hook to hang the story on, one that would also allow me to investigate what the old city means to me.

Then I remembered my black bird.

The black bird has been with me in a recurring dream for a long time – more than 50 years now. I tried to tie down what it has meant to me in a previous novella, BROKEN SIGIL. That approached the dream from one angle – THE EXILED has a look at it from a different viewpoint, placing our protagonists bang in the middle of the dream.

In the nightmare I’m on the edge of a high sea cliff. I feel the wind on my face, taste salt spray, smell cut grass and flowers. I feel like if I could just give myself to the wind I could fly. Then it comes, from blue, snow covered mountains way to the north, a black speck at first, getting bigger fast. Before I know it it is on me, enfolding me in feathers. It lowers its head, almost like a dragon, and puts its beak near my ear. It whispers.

I had the dream many times, and always woke up at this point.

Then, in 1991, I heard what it said.

“Will we talk about the black bird?”

The next morning, for the first time since 1976, I wrote a story. It wasn’t a very good story, but something had been woken up, and the day after that I wrote another, a wee ghost story. It didn’t have a black bird in it, but it did have some jazz, and a sultry broad, a murder and some dancing. When that one made me 100 pounds in a ghost story competition, I was on my way.

The bird comes back and whispers to me every couple of years – I’ve come to think of it as my spirit guide. Although it terrifies me, it also reassures me in a weird kind of way. As long as it’s around, I’ll still be a writer and not just a drunk with weird ideas he can’t express.

The bird’s most recent appearance was a couple of years back now, and the next morning I had the idea that fused my country, my hopes and my nightmares into one coherent ( I hope) whole.

THE EXILED was a labor of love, and the birth was a difficult one, but now that it’s out into the world, I can only wish it well.

Will we talk about the black bird?

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To catch a killer, John and Alan Granger will have to battle the Cobbe, a strange and enigmatic creature that guards the realm, a creature of horrific power that demands a heavy price for entry into its world. The fate of both realms hangs in the balance… and time is running out…

You’ve just given your wee posh company car away to a known villain in exchange for an old banger and two bacon rolls, you’re on the run accused of murder, and your only alibi is that you were away in Fairyland with a big black bird. It’s hardly any wonder something smells of shite.

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