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The Truants (Paperback)
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The Truants (Paperback)

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Paperback 256 Pages / Published: 05/04/2018
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In a fresh twist on the traditional vampire narrative, The Truants is a startling, noirish tale of immortality, bloodlust and rage. Following his lover's suicide, the last of the `old-ones'- ancient immortal beings as clever as they are ruthless, and unable to withstand the light of the sun - has had enough of this world gone to ruin and decides to end his existence. Yet as he waits for the burning dawn on a bench near a council estate, he is held up at knifepoint by a youth and stabbed. While the old-one's body turns to ash as the sun rises, his assailant scurries back into the estate's feral underbelly with the knife in his pocket. The old-one's blood is still seared into its sharpened blade, and as the knife does its menacing rounds his consciousness is awakened in the city's children from the depths of the afterlife. Determined to die, he must find and destroy the knife to regain control of his soul. But someone is out to stop him... A sharp and powerful new voice, Lee Markham has written an intelligent, visceral novel which uncovers the fragility and hopelessness of Britain's social underclass - and the horror of their everyday lives.

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
ISBN: 9780715652725
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 240 g
Dimensions: 198 x 128 mm


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`A relentlessly brutal, nihilistic read told in stripped-down, staccato prose... uses the metaphor of the vampire to portray society's true victims and shines a despairingly honest light on areas not usually illuminated by genre fiction' * Guardian (a Best Horror Novel of 2017) *
`The razor-sharp tale of ancient evil set amid the very modern tensions of Broken Britain... a remarkable piece of work that demands to be read' * Ginger Nuts of Horror *
`A welcome and memorable addition to the vampire subgenre, full of original ideas and some nightmarishly vivid imagery' * New York Journal of Books *
`The Trainspotting of supernatural prose' -- Liam Sharp, author of God Killers
`Markham's take on the inside of an ancient vampire's head is as invigoratingly fresh as his story is, by turns, brutal and touching' -- Jack Ketchum, author of Off Season
`A neo-noir vampire saga... Markham's prose is proficient, purposeful and poetic... the words trill and tremble and taunt and tear' * Horror Novel Reviews *
`A twisted vampiric read. Ideal for a summer scare' * NME *

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