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Joseph D’Lacey writes Horror, SF & Fantasy, often with environmental themes, and is best known for his unsettling novel, Meat. Other books to-date include Garbage Man, Snake Eyes, The Kill Crew, The Failing Flesh, Blood Fugue, Black Feathers, The Book of the Crowman and Splinters – a collection of short stories. He won the British Fantasy Award for Best Newcomer in 2009. He also writes children’s stories with his daughter.
A provocative, gut-wrenching and oh so readable pair of tales. Two novellas, testaments I and II, are included in this book of ‘The Veil’, both very different stories, yet linked to ‘the long silence’ that is overtaking the land, where small groups of survivors are battling for their lives. The premise feels so far from the here and now, almost impossible to accept, yet at the same time, it’s a situation, an existence, that could be just around the corner. This isn't a fairy tale with a happy ending, instead it is raw, realistic and incredibly gritty. Joseph D’Lacey took me straight to the heart of each story, told in the first person, so simply and clearly, the visual impact was quite startling in my minds eye. Within the otherworldly feel, the tormented lives of people that could be our neighbours, friends, family, invades the pages. The relatable characters, the very human heart that beats within them, ensures ’The Veil’ is a thought provoking and striking read. Further Testaments from Joseph D'Lacey may answer whether in this nightmare existence, hope can truly exist... ~ Liz Robinson January 2017 Book of the Month. A 'Piece of Passion' from the Publisher... When we decided to start the premium novella line at Horrific Tales Publishing, I had a list of authors that I really wanted to work with and right at the top of that list was Joseph D’Lacey. Joseph takes the environmental themes that are prevalent in all of his books and really takes it to the next level. The Veil shows an apocalyptic event from two very different perspectives – a group of survivors hiding inside a walled up American city and a man attempting to hide his family in rural England. Fans of Apocalyptic Fiction really won’t want to miss this book. It presents a unique and chilling take on the end of the world that I’m certain people will love as much as I do. ~ Graeme Reynolds (Commissioning Editor, Horrific Tales Publishing) Click here to read Joseph D'Lacey on how he came to write The Veil.
‘The Book of the Crowman' the second and last volume of ‘The Black Dawn’, is stirring, provocative and compelling. You most definitely need to start this journey with ‘Black Feathers’, this story needs to be told, to be heard from beginning to end. As the broken land fights back, Gordon and Megan are growing in their skills, gifts and abilities. Megan is the light to Gordon’s darkness, yet both are inextricably linked and both are fascinating. I felt as though I was bearing witness, as though I needed to remember this tale as a terrifying and terrible reckoning was thundering towards me. There is a subtle weave to the writing, paths link, join, and connect, yet this isn't neat and tidy, in fact, you may still have some questions whipping around your mind as you finish, however that feels right. Joseph D’Lacey doesn't hold back, I felt pain, I felt anger, I felt sorrow, but most importantly, when I thought I was emotionally exhausted, I also felt hope. ~ Liz Robinson
A darkly rich and foreboding fantasy which hovers on the frightening edge of a believable future. Set in an alternate England, so very similar to our own, volume one of ‘The Black Dawn’ focuses on two teenagers in two different time frames. Gordon is born at the beginning of an environmental apocalypse and Megan in the future, into a technology free world; both are destined to search for the Crowman. As with all new worlds, it takes a short while to connect to the time and story line. Joseph D’Lacey begins by setting alternate chapters to introduce the pair, however as they walk their dreams and their lives start to intertwine, their tales merge and flow together, into and around you. There are moments of real menace and dread as the Earth hits back against humans, the descriptive writing scorches your imagination. The sequel, ’The Book of the Crowman’ promises answers, although I must admit to being a little worried about what the future holds for Gordon and Megan. So, allow yourself to sink into the deeply unnerving depths of ‘Black Feathers’, to walk into dark places and through past places in this stimulating and captivating read. ~ Liz Robinson December 2015 Book of the Month.