The Chronicles of Darkness
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Title: Prequels (The Chronicles of Darkness)
Author: Matthew Head
Genre: Supernatural, Horror
Prepare for a supernatural smorgasbord of literature! This trilogy of spooky short stories will thrill you, chill you and break your heart – sometimes all at once! More than that though, they serve as a tantalizing prequel series to the epic “The Chronicles of Darkness” series of novels which launches this July!
The Darkness at Down Street: When Isaac gets on the London underground he’s expecting to go from A to B like everybody else. But when the train stops he starts to wonder if something strange might be going on. Surely not, surely it’s all fine. But then the voice begins. Turn out the lights!
The Destiny of Melissa Smith: Everybody hopes they’ll have a great life, and Melissa Smith appears to have and amazing one. Then she visits a village fete. Then she meets an impossible man, a mysterious boy and an unimaginable monster. Then the true meaning of greatness is put to the test.
Beauty and the Beast: Have you ever peered into a dark forest from the safety of a car or a coach and wondered if there might be something nasty in the trees watching you? The coach from London to Monks-Lantern has taken a very unfortunate detour, leaving the passengers at the mercy of the terrifying monster in the woods. There’s screaming, running – and at the end of it all there’s a realization: Monsters come in all different shapes and sizes.
About the Author:
My name is Matthew Head and I'm a writer from Surrey. Well, I say from Surrey - I was born in Kent, moved to London for a bit and then moved out to Surrey to live with my partner Andrew. I was born in the eighties, raised in the nineties and then I was inspired in the noughties during my time at university where I studied Theology.
Theology is quite possibly the most fascinating subject in the world. Sounds boring I know, sounds like church and everyone knows that church is boring. But it's not like that at all. It's packed full of myths and monsters, gods and goddesses - mad, bad, sad ones alive in stories which rival many blockbuster movies in terms of how epic they are. It doesn't matter whether it's all real or not - it's the story that counts. Stories are beautiful because absolutely anything is possible within them. That's why I love writing because I love the idea of contributing to that and creating stories. Stories that will make you cry, make you laugh, make you scared. Because I think there is some magic in writing - that simple words have the power to make us feel and react so strongly to them.
When I'm not writing or doing my day job then I really enjoy going out and exploring new places. I love going somewhere I've never been before, especially if there's some history linked to the place. Old places are the best - the older the better. You just get this sense that so much has happened there, so many different people have come and gone and yet the place remains.
A few more random facts about me - my favourite pet is the humble goldfish, my favourite dinner is macaroni cheese, I love banana flavoured things but I strongly dislike bananas and the only real phobia I have is a phobia of frogs. Yeuch.
So I wasn’t sure what to expect from a book called “Prequels,” but this book is great. It contains three separate, complete stories connected purely by their main character, Isaac. Isaac is a quiet, unassuming young man just getting ready to start college. He is the only child of two self-absorbed, rich parents who barely have time for him. He recently lost his group of best friends, we get hints of why during the book but never a real explanation. This loss has resulted in him withdrawing from others socially to the point of almost being an outcast.
Through the course of the stories he finds he yearns for friendships, but is more discerning than he originally thought. He’s also unusual in another way (and no it’s not because he’s homosexual), he is tuned into the supernatural realm. Yes, he can see and believes in ghosts, monsters and aliens because he’s seen them and fought them before.
This set of stories is a delightful teasing introduction the The Chronicles of Darkness series. I finished the set quickly and was ready to dive right into “The Chronicles of Darkness.” Unfortunately for me, I was out of town, without internet connection, and without the next book. I’m definitely not going to let that happen again. I’m picking up The Chronicles of Darkness as soon as possible. It sounds like a frightful good read.
I give this book Prequels a 4 out of 5 clouds.
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