Hi, I’m Alys Earl and I want to introduce you to my debut novel, Time’s Fool.
Time’s Fool is a novel for M R James fans who sometimes want something a little more modern and edgy from their weird fiction. It’s very much a novel that’s come out of my love of the classics of the supernatural horror genre, but also from the problems that some of these stories raise for me.
We like to be scared, like to feel that little rush of ‘pleasing terror’ when we read ghost stories, or visit haunted houses. It’s a thrill that takes us away from the business of the day, lets us brush against the boundaries of the unknown, of the unsafe. It’s fun, and it’s sexy and we like to flirt with it. But, sometimes, it can follow us home.
Julian, the ‘creature’ of my novel, is not a good vampire. He is not seeking redemption, and makes little effort to prevent the harm which he does. Yet, he was human once, and he still feels many things a human would feel - friendship, loneliness, love.
But how can a monster engage with people without deceiving them?
For that matter, how can anyone?
Because it is not only vampires who keep a mind full of secrets they would never dare admit. We all have things we’ve repressed, things we’ve refused, things we’ve ignored. We keep these things in the darkness because that keeps us safe.
Time’s Fool is about what happens when these things come in to the light.
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