Sunday, 16 September 2012

Hidden Gems - Mountains of Smoke by Frank Duffy

I have quite a few visitors to the citadel sometimes and I would like to mention quite an old friend who goes by the name of Frank Duffy. Back in the day we used to create quite a stir together when we used to frequent various hostelries and ale houses.

I thought it might be a good idea to highlight some of the work he has done as I feel that far too few people know about him, and he deserves a mention.  He is very witty and acerbic as well as dark in his writing.  He quite often eschews self publicity, which is why I believe he needs a mention. Anyway, do not just take my word for it. Read about him here:

Mountains of Smoke is one of his works. The novella captures his 'dark' style. 

Goodreads reviews about MOS:

Frank Duffy’s novella, Mountains Of Smoke, is the story of a fiction writer and his wife who buy an ancient gothic castle called Rock Hill that sits on the edge of a cliff overlooking a river. The couple, along with their young son, move into Rock Hill and for years everything is wonderful. But then one winter a tragic death. To cope with his sorrow and loneliness he immerses himself in his writing but not the usual drama type writing, his stories have taken on a decidedly darker tone and morphed into horror as he slowly slips over the edge, into the depths of crazy town. Something is now living down in the river and in order for his books to be successful, it requires feeding, and it’s appetite is most foul.

This is a disturbing and macabre story reminiscent of Stephen King that will raise the hairs on the back of your neck. The atmosphere is dark and truly creepy with the pervasive sense of dread and suspense through out. Frank Duffy’s writing is poetic, evocative and rich in detail. Prose that will make you want to read and re-read them. Like this one: "...and a drowned memory comes finally dragging itself up the sand, the bank, through the marsh and weeds, and stares up at me, the face like a pebble, round and hard and unyielding."

Be on the look out for Frank Duffy’s collection of short stories titled The Signal Block, coming out this fall. I’ve read it and it’s brilliant. Highly recommended.

 Julia Madeleine (author)

Mountains Of Smoke is the debut novella from horror writer Frank Duffy.
It is a splendidly told story of a writer who has it all. Success, both financial and critical, a wonderful wife - herself a writer – and a young son.

The family move into to Rock Hill, an old dark house that looks like a castle and overlooks a river. And their happiness continues to blossom and bloom.
But every dream home has its heartache, of course, and one day, as a bitter winter wanes, tragedy strikes and a creature surfaces from the depths of the long, black river.
Mountains Of Smoke is wonderfully written. It is strong on atmosphere and imagery and aches with the sadness and emptiness of loss. And the evil that fills that void

Frank Duffy’s short story collection, The Signal Block, is due out soon and should confirm his growing reputation of one of the very best writers of dark fiction around 

Paul Brazill (author)

So, what are you waiting for? Mountains of Smoke and more of Frank's work are availaible from the Sideshow Press website.  Have a gander:

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