The Killing Moon [hardcover] by Allister Timms
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.
"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."