October 7, 2009

Wish List Wednesday #15: "Ouroboros"

This novel is the result of a collaboration between Michael Kelly and Carol Weekes, and just may end up a front-runner for horror novel of the year if the few-and-fervent raves leading up to its release are any indication. Though, the romanticism of the books path to publication may have played a role in the build-up.

It was originally to be published by UK's Humdrumming Press, but days before publication the independent publisher filed for bankruptcy and shut down. Ouch. Advanced reviews surfaced, one in particular from Norm Rubenstein, which aided in a new deal with Bloodletting Press, under the Arcane Wisdom imprint. I listened to Norm's praise for the book in a segment of Pod of Horror's podcast #54.

What put me officially on the hunt for the this book, however, is the setting of Atlantic Canada. In a small coastal town, a husband and wife of more than thirty years are devastated by the wife's diagnosis of breast cancer. After her untimely death, grief and torment send the husband into seclusion in their old house, which awakens a malevolent spirit. All the while, his neighbors and long-time friends bear witness to his psychological descent and some of the strange happenings that occur on the property.

It's a limited release, which puts a dampener on my chances of getting it, but it sounds so promising I wouldn't be surprised to see a mass-market release at some point. One way or another, I'm sure I'll get a chance to read this story.

Is anyone else eager to get their hands on this one? Have you managed to read it already?


  1. Thanks very much for your enthusiasm; I hope you get to read the novel at some point.


  2. It will also be available as a digital download from Horror-Mall.

  3. Me too, Carol. Good luck with the novel; I hope it sells out for you and Michael Kelly.

    I don't have an e-reader, but if I ever get one, Ouroboros will be at the top of the shopping list.

  4. The novel is currently up for pre-order and will be limited to the number of orders placed before October 31st; so, if you wish to obtain a copy of the limited edition, you can still order one now. Simply go to 'Horror-Mall' to do so. I think the digital version would be readable on an 'Adobe' program (including the free downloadable version of Adobe), but don't quote me on that.

    I'm sure, somehow, you will get to read the book.

    All best, and thank you for the well-wishes,