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)
Some call it The Long Silence, others The Hush. Whatever it is, the world has gone quiet. No electricity, no engines, most of the people gone. There are survivors, small groups enduring as best they can in a seemingly abandoned world. At night, the landscape glows with unnatural light. The stillness is broken by the desolate cries of the lost population, returning now to search for...no one knows what. What is certain, though, is that those they drag into the shadows do not return. The Veil contains the final testaments of two disparate groups; a band of survivalists barricaded into a single block of an American city, and a young family hiding in a remote part of the English countryside. But there are enemies among the survivors too, using the cataclysm to serve their own desires. If the end of the world can't cleanse the human heart, what reason can there be to continue?
Praise for Joseph D'Lacey:
'Joseph D’Lacey Rocks!' Stephen King
'The Veil is a powerful twin set of novellas, emotional, thoughtful, and engaging with a compelling narrative style; they break free from the standard apocalypse / zombie story to deliver a fresh perspective on a genre staple' Gingernuts of Horror
'D’Lacey has used the natural world to create a tale of apocalyptic fiction straight out of the top drawer.' Beavis the Bookhead Blog
Publication date: 26/11/2016
Publisher: Horrific Tales Publishing
|Publication date:||26th November 2016|
|Publisher:||Horrific Tales Publishing|
|Genres:||NewGen - YA Fiction, Books of the Month, Horror, Science Fiction,|
|Categories:||Science fiction, Horror & ghost stories, Adventure,|
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. Click here to read Joseph D'Lacey on how he came to write The Veil.More About Joseph D'Lacey