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Literary Stalker

Nick is killing off his enemies in his novel, emulating Vincent Price in Theatre of Blood. But is he sure where fiction ends and real life begins?

‘Suspenseful, impeccably researched, grisly, with judicious helpings of macabre humour, I relished this 'Russian doll' story-within-a-story.’ — Simon Clark, author of The Night of the Triffids and Vampyrrhic

'I really enjoyed Literary Stalker. It’s pacy, unpredictable and often very, very funny...' — M.R. Mackenzie, author of In The Silence

'Literary Stalker works wonderfully as a genre thriller with a delightfully absurd comic edge…' — Noel Megahey, Geek Life

'A major question you will be confronted with over the course of this book is going to be where fantasy ends and reality begins.' — Chad A. Clark, author of Winward and Yesterday, When We Died

'This is quite a wickedly written book where at times I just didn’t know if it was a story in a story or actually happening...' — Susan Hampson, Books From Dawn Till Dusk

'Ideal for fans of both comedic and suspense thrillers, the novel proudly wears its influences on its bloody sleeve and succeeds.’ — Josh Hancock, Morbidly Beautiful

If you value your life, don’t dare to suggest to Nick Chatterton that he’s not a good writer!

Nick is embarking on his latest crime/horror novel – a pastiche of the Vincent Price movie Theatre of Blood, where Nick draws up a hit list of his enemies in the writing world and gets his narrator to dispatch them according to the plots of classic crime and horror movies.

Top of the list is a writer who is both a superstar of the horror genre and who in Nick’s reckoning has wronged him the most. Nick first met Hugh Canford-Eversleigh at a reading more than a decade ago and fell madly in love with him, interpreting their encounter as the start of a magnificent affair. Nick’s feelings soon expanded into full-blown obsession, and he stalked Hugh, believing his love would eventually be returned. Nick was repeatedly rebuffed, much to his anger, but it was years later that his rage reached murderous proportions, due to an unexpected and outlandish twist of fate.

Now through his novel, The Facebook Murders, Nick is settling all his old scores, blurring the lines between autobiography and fiction – and with his obsessions reaching fever pitch, blurring the lines between writing about nasty stuff and doing nasty stuff for real.

Set within the milieu of British horror, fantasy and sci-fi writing, Roger’s new psychological metacrime thriller continues with the literary experiments of his previous book – the novelistic memoir The Mad Artist – involving self-begetting and nested narratives looping and interfacing with one another. As a horror/crime piece with liberal amounts of violence and multifarious nods to simpatico novels and movies, it plays with ideas of genre, and in the tradition of metafiction, it’s very ‘nudge-wink’, tongue-in-cheek and blackly comic.
Read Noel Megahey's full review on Geek Life
Read Susan Hampson's full review on Books From Dawn Till Dusk
Read M.R. Mackenzie's full review on Goodreads
Read Chad A. Clark's full review on Machine Mean
Read Josh Hancock's full review on Morbidly Beautiful

Read an interview with Roger Keen on The Dorset Book Detective
Read a piece by Roger on Literary Stalker's Origins
Read another interview between Roger and Darkness Visible Publishing
Read a short extract from the novel-within-the-novel on Gun Control

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The opening chapters can be read on the 'Look Inside' feature on any of the Amazon links on the left.

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