The Killing Moon [hardcover] by Allister Timms
CATEGORY Fantasy / Horror
PUBLICATION DATE November 2019
COVER ART Daniele Serra
Unsigned Jacketed Hardcover — ISBN 978-1-786364-04-3 [£25]
100 JHC signed by the author — ISBN 978-1-786364-05-0 [£35]
Young Max Schumann’s mother, Isolde, has been stolen away by the malevolent Erlking, a trickster spirit of death out of German legend. Alone and scared in a chicken coop with only three hens and nightmarish sketches to keep him company, Max realizes he must embark on an odyssey into the dark, violent heart of war-torn Europe if he is to save his mother. But first he must find his father, Oscar Schumann, a captain of the elite Wehrwolf, a band of guerrilla fighters and shape-shifters out of folklore.
Through the blood-streaked and ravaged twilight of the Third Reich, father and son begin a hunt through a world transfigured by terror and strangeness, an atavistic world where magical history collides with actual history and where sacrifices must be made for those we love.
The Killing Moon is a novel of fantasy and myth-making that forges a link between ultimate destructiveness, desperate tenacity, and moments of tenderness that keep people alive in the face of total devastation and loss.
Allister Timms was born in Carmarthen, Wales, a town known for its connection with the Arthurian wizard Merlin. He has also lived in Ireland and now makes his home in Maine. He earned his MFA in creative writing from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine. He is currently Professor of English at Husson University in Bangor, Maine, where he teaches literature, rhetoric, and composition.
The following songs make a soundtrack for the novel. They are its “sound and vision.” It’s the music I listened to while writing and editing, procrastinating and wildly imagining what was to come next in the story. The music wasn’t predetermined; songs either found a way to get under the record player’s needle or else my fingers were guided to my CD collection. They are not in any particular sequence (except for Bauhaus), because I will leave that up to you, reader, to shape your own soundtrack when it comes to reading The Killing Moon and what songs will help you to further “see” the novel.
- Gary Numan “My Name Is Ruin”
- Fluke “Glidub”
- David Bowie “Moonage Daydream”
- Roxy Music “In Every Dream Home A Heartache”
- The Walker Brothers “The Electrician”
- New Order “Your Silent Face”
- Echo & The Bunnymen “The Killing Moon”
- David Sylvian “Maria”
- The Stranglers “La Folie”
- Lakme “Flower Duet”
- Massive Attack “Black Milk”
- Christian Scott “Ruler, Rebel”
- Joy Division “Heart & Soul”
- Kitchens of Distinction “Drive That Fast”
- Nick Cave “Red Right Hand”
- The Police “Spirits in the Material World”
- Peter Murphy “Dragnet Drag”
- Killing Joke “Love Like Blood”
- The Smiths “Barbarism Begins At Home”
- Radiohead “Staircase”
- Burial “Dog Shelter”
- The Cult “She Sells Sanctuary”
- PWEI “Dance of the Mad Bastards”
- The The “Beyond Love”
- She Wants Revenge “Take the World”
- Orange Juice “Rip It Up”
- The Cure, “A Forest”
- DIIV “Dopamine”
- Bonus Track/Final Track When Book Is Read and Closed
- Bauhaus “Third Uncle”
"Set against a vividly evoked backdrop of war, chaos and supernatural terror"
"Set against a vividly evoked backdrop of war, chaos and supernatural terror, THE KILLING MOON is an astonishing -- and very welcome -- debut. Allister Timms brings a distinctive voice and a fresh perspective to the ancient Germanic myth of the Erl-King. The result is something special: an intricate, absorbing narrative that lures the reader into a dark, savage, wholly convincing world. THE KILLING MOON is the real thing, and Allister Timms is clearly a writer to watch."
"Allister Timms's extraordinary The Killing Moon unfolds like a childhood dream"
"Set against the backdrop of Nazi Germany, Allister Timms's extraordinary The Killing Moon unfolds like a childhood dream that explodes into adult nightmare, in a haunting synthesis of European folklore and myth, fairy tale and history, family saga and ancient epic. A beautifully written, fearlessly ambitious first novel."
"I am in awe fo Allister Timms"
"He is an artist of words, and this debut is an exquisite masterpiece. I fell into a transcendent reading dream as soon as I opened to page one . . . and part of me still dwells there. I'm delighted by the prospect of a sequel. Bravo, bravo, Alistair Timms. I am in your debt."