Forever Konrad [trade paperback] by Martin Goodman
PUBLICATION DATE March 2020
COVER ART Tomislav Tikulin
Trade Paperback — ISBN 978-1-786365-79-8 [£12.99]
A baby boy is plucked from the deck of a North Sea ferry. He’s any mother’s dream. Adopted into a family in the village of Cherry Burton, his infancy becomes a rampage. He’s not mean, he’s just inquisitive, his new mother insists.
It’s his 18th birthday. News of the boy’s existence spreads across Europe. Konrad, charged with writing the true stories of his kind, is roused from a century long Bavarian nap. He tracks the boy’s parentage across Belgium and then heads for East Yorkshire. It’s a race: claim the boy for the Vampire Council before an ancient species can take him as its own.
"An intense and compelling tale of the supernatural . . . a powerful and disturbing experience." —Ramsey Campbell
"Martin Goodman has created the baby from hell, mashing Rosemary's Baby, Interview with the Vampire and The Mummy into a darkly blood stained adventure." —Clive Bloom, author of Gothic Horror
"Forever Konrad is an unforgettable dark fantasy that’s richly layered with connected stories. The novel offers a different kind of vampire tale that powerfully starts with an abandoned baby, whose origin is forged from a couple full of secrets and the beating hearts of others . . . Goodman has written an intensely disturbing and exhilarating tale that peaks to the breathtaking climax of a power struggle between forces of darkness, and a young man trapped in the midst." —Eugen Bacon, Aurealis Magazine #130
Born in Leicester, trained in Leeds and Lancaster, Martin Goodman shifted to Hull where this book took hold. His novels and nonfiction deal with the aftermath of wars, and life at extremes. Deep true-life encounters across the globe with the likes of an Indian Holywoman, Bengali bandits, and a Peruvian shaman open his writings to alternative realities. He is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Hull.