Robert Irwin (Dedalus Books)
Not quite the Medieval zombie tale expected from the blurb which states: “…Hell is now full and consequently the dead stalk the land…” but Irwin’s novel still has the capacity to entertain and tell a good story. Set in the 1400s this book involves real historical figures and the bloody battles between the houses of York and Lancaster. Irwin cleverly uses the concepts of story-telling and narrative to contemplate what it takes to be a character of legend. He intertwines his central plot with myths and digressions worthy of Homer to transform what could easily be a dull report into something more mythical and magical. With disturbing tales, gruesome details of torture, a talking head and a museum of skulls, this novel will keep you in the Halloween spirit.
words LUCY MENON
Price: £9.99. Info: www.dedalusbooks.com