Raven and Skull

Saturday, 18 June 2016


In case you're one of the few people I haven't told over the last week or so, I have a horror novel due out soon. Raven and Skull is a step away from the usual genre where I write, and the content is delightfully spooky.

Why have I written a horror novel? 
Well, being honest, I've always wanted to write something scary. I think this story fits that bill.

What's the book like?
I've taken my inspiration from the old Hammer House of Horror movies. When I was growing up they were the pinnacle of scariness and I've tried to write something that is contemporary but that shows those influences.

What's it about?
It's a horror story. It's based around the offices of a company called Raven and Skull. And there are lots of supernatural goings-on. I don't want to give too much away but these are the opening lines from the novel:

‘Tell us about a time you nearly died, Tony.’
Heather’s suggestion was greeted by a barrage of laughter.
There were half a dozen of them sitting around the table – the last souls left in an otherwise empty bar. Drained beer bottles and lipstick-smudged glasses stood between them like abstract monuments to the memories of good times gone. The darkness outside the bar window was fading to the apocalyptic grey of another dawn.
Tony glanced at his five colleagues and flashed an automatic grin. He hadn’t yet drunk enough beer to be light-headed, but he could feel the mood around the table was shifting. The evening had started as an early weekend escape from the offices of Raven and Skull; a two fingered salute to the workplace in the time-honoured tradition of every godforsaken Friday. After a grim week working nine-to-five – a grimmer week than any of them were used to suffering – Geoff’s idea that they should get pissed and have a laugh together had seemed like a stroke of pure genius. But now, whilst the maudlin veil of melancholy felt like it was finally lifting, Tony thought it was revealing something strange, unpleasant and potentially dangerous.

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Raven and Skull is published by Caffeine Nights and will be released on July 7th. It's available from all good retail outlets, or can be purchased online by using the following links:

UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Raven-Skull-Ashley-Lister/dp/1910720534/

US: https://www.amazon.com/Raven-Skull-Ashley-Lister/dp/1910720534/

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