From the Description
Melville wakes with a pounding headache – there had been too many hangovers recently, but this one felt different. What had he been drinking last night? Then he remembered – it was blood.
Enter the bizarre world of Scouse Gothic where a reluctant vampire mourns a lost love and his past lives, where a retired ‘hit man’ plans one more killing and dreams of food, and a mother sets out to avenge her son’s murder, and, meanwhile, a grieving husband is visited by an angry angel.
Set in present day Liverpool, vampires and mortals co-exist, unaware of each other’s secrets and that their past and present are inextricably linked.
But as their lives converge, who will be expected to atone for past sins?
Publication Date: October 27, 2015
Publisher: YouCaxton Publications
Publication Length: 200 pages
I received a copy of this book as part of the Scouse Gothic blog tour. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this novel. I did not receive any form of compensation for my review.
Scouse Gothic: The Pool of Life and Death is a character driven dark comedy/horror novel. In the pages of this novel we get to know Melville, a vampire who has fallen off the wagon and his new love interest, Sheryl. Frank, an irreverent angel who appears to Peter, a man grieving the loss of his wife. Latham is a hitman who has to solve the mystery of who double crossed him and why. Last but not least we have Catherine, a woman seeking revenge for the murder of her son. Every time I thought I figured out how these people where connected there was a new twist leading to an ending that left me wanting more. I loved traipsing through Liverpool with Melville, Franks explanation of organized religion had me laughing out loud, and Latham was kind of a badass. This is the first book in the Scouse Gothic series so I’ll be catching up with Melville and the other fascinating denizens of Liverpool soon. A funny and intriguing 4 star read.
· To find out more about Scouse Gothic and Liverpool read Ian McKinney’s fascinating guest post HERE
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About the Author
Ian was born and bred in Liverpool, as were his parents, and has always been proud to call himself a ‘Scouser’.
Leaving the city in the late 1970’s to study at London University, when Liverpool was city in decline, with boarded up shops and high unemployment.
After qualifying he worked first in Essex and East London before settling in Shropshire with his wife and daughter. Although he often visited the city during the intervening years to visit family and friends, the visits were brief and it was only due to an unusual set of circumstances that he found himself living in the city for a few months.
During this time the idea for ‘SCOUSE GOTHIC’ was born. As he explored the modern city of Liverpool, so changed in the last forty years but also so unchanged in many ways from his childhood. He wondered how it would feel to someone who had known the city when it was in its prime, when it was the largest port in the Empire. However to be able to do that you’d have to be over two hundred years old…or a vampire.
Melville began life as a short story, as did Latham, Catherine and Frank. However as the short stories developed, so did the feeling that the city of Liverpool itself was as much a character as any of the others. The stories were rewritten to place all the characters in the same time and place, and to let them interrelate to one another. In some cases with fatal consequences.
Response to the first book ‘The Pool of Life…and Death’ was so positive that the characters were further explored in ‘Bloodbrothers..and Sisters’ and finally ‘All you need is...Blood.’