Today I am shining the spotlight on Pseudotooth by Verity Holloway, one of the semi-finalists of BBNYA 2021!
Publisher: Unsung Stories
Publication Date: 16/03/2017
Length: 286 pages
Genre: Horror | Fantasy | Magic Realism
“The malaise continues. Today, I begin a rigorous programme of exercise to cleanse body and soul.”GoodReads
Aisling Selkirk is a young woman beset by unexplained blackouts, pseudo-seizures that have baffled both the doctors and her family. Sent to recuperate in the Suffolk countryside with ageing relatives, she seeks solace in the work of William Blake and writing her journal, filling its pages with her visions of Feodor, a fiery East Londoner haunted by his family’s history back in Russia.
But her blackouts persist as she discovers a Tudor priest hole and papers from its disturbed former inhabitant Soon after she meets the enigmatic Chase, and is drawn to an unfamiliar town where the rule of Our Friend is absolute and those deemed unfit and undesirable disappear into The Quiet…
Blurring the lines between dream, fiction and reality, Pseudotooth boldly tackles issues of trauma, social difference and our conflicting desires for purity and acceptance, asking questions about those who society shuns, and why.