Simon Bestwick lives in Lancashire and is the author of a previous novel, Tide of Souls, two short story collections, A Hazy Shade of Winter and Pictures of The Dark, and a chapbook, Angels of The Silences. His short fiction has appeared most recently in the anthologies Where the Heart is, Never Again and The End of The Line. His novella, The Narrows, was shortlisted for the British Fantasy Award and reprinted in Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year, while the Daily Telegraph praised Tide of Souls for 'the quality of the writing. Simon Bestwick writes with great imaginative flair and an excellent grasp of colour and narrative pace.'
For more information visit the official Simon Bestwick website.
THE BEST OF TOMES OF THE DEAD, VOLUME 2
Released 16 August 2011
BEWARE THE MARCH OF THE UNDEAD!
The masters of flesh-munchingly, gut-wrenchingly, eyeball-poppingly great zombie fiction bring you three more of the best stand-alone books from their critically-acclaimed Tomes of the Dead line.
TIDE OF SOULS
When flash-floods devastate Britain and an army of the undead rise from the waves, three broken people – escaped sex-slave Katja, burned-out soldier McTarn, and crippled biologist Styles – may hold the key to survival for the scattered few remaining.
“If you are going somewhere hot, this will chill the spine nicely.” - The Telegraph
Rookie policeman Rick Nutman must fight through the bloody chaos of Leeds to get to his wife Sally. Daryl has always dreamed of being a serial killer, and Sally will be his first victim. Now Rick flees into the countryside with his undead wife, as Daryl seeks to be the only serial killer in history to kill the same woman twice. Can love overcome death?
“Not a book for the squeamish or easily shocked!” - Graeme’s Fantasy Book Review
WAY OF THE BAREFOOT ZOMBIE
What do you want? Wealth? Power? Influence? The Way of the Barefoot Zombie can get it for you! On the private island of St. Ignatius, Caribbean business guru Doc Papa guides your steps as you learn to harness the hunger and soulless drive of the noble zombie, even walking among the creatures themselves. What can go wrong?
“The characters are wild, outrageous and totally realistic in their roles.” - Mass Movement Magazine
TIDE OF SOULS
Released 15 July 2009
IT’S NOT JUST THE WATERS RISING...
Flash floods devastate Britain. But the terror is just starting, as an army of the living dead emerge from the waters to hunt down the survivors. For Katja, after a year held captive by a brutal vice ring, it’s a constant fight to stay alive, but also a chance to win her freedom.
McTarn, an ex-soldier haunted by his past, is press-ganged into a mission to retrieve a scientist from an isolated village. When floods cut them off, he has to fight both the walking dead and his own demons to protect his men.
Stiles is the man they sent McTarn to fetch. Although apparently insane, he may be McTarn and Katja’s only chance to halt the legions of the dead closing in on their refuge in the bleak Lancashire hills. And if they fail, death will be the least they have to suffer…
“Simon Bestwick writes as if words were his – and our – only possible means of salvation.”
“Simon Bestwick’s work is invested with the kind of emotional integrity that’s all to rare in fiction. His writing bears the indelible mark of quality”
Released 31 January 2012
In the Lancashire town of Kempforth, people are vanishing.
When two-year-old Roseanne Trevor disappears, the local kids blame ‘The Spindly Men’. But even as Detective Chief Inspector Renwick vows to stop at nothing until she finds her, terrifying visions summon TV psychic Allen Cowell and his sister Vera back to the town they swore they’d left forever and local historian Anna Mason pieces together a history of cruelty and exploitation almost beyond belief.
Meanwhile, in the decaying corridors and lightless rooms of a long abandoned hospital, something terrible is waiting for them all.
In a chilling tale of contemporary small-town horror, Bestwick has truly evoked the terror of films such as The Orphanage and the writing of James Herbert, Adam Nevill and M R James.
“Simon Bestwick writes with great imaginative flair and an excellent grasp of colour and narrative pace.'”
UK: 9781907992742 | 2nd February 2012
US: 9781907992759 | 31st January 2013
The Feast of All Souls
Released 6 December 2016
Alice's house stands at a gateway between worlds. Now something has awoken on the other side - and she's in its way...
378 Collarmill Road looks like an ordinary house. But sometimes, the world outside the windows isn t the one you expect to see. And sometimes you ll turn around and find you re not alone.
The suburb of Crawbeck, on a hill outside the English city of Manchester, overlooks the woodlands of Browton Vale. Alice Collier was happy here, once, but following the end of her marriage and loss of her daughter, she s come back to pick up the threads of her life.
John Revell, an old flame of Alice s, reluctantly comes to her aid when the house begins to reveal its secrets. The hill on which it sits is a place of legends of Old Harry, the Beast of Crawbeck, of the Virgin of the Height and of the mysterious Red Man and home to the secrets of the shadowy Arodias Thorne.
And now Alice and John stand between him and rest of our world...#
UK ISBN: 9781781084625
US ISBN: 9781781084625