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  • Writer's pictureBrianna Sugalski

ACQUISITION ANNOUNCEMENT: The Book and the Blade, by A.B. Finlayson

Our newest acquisition kindly reminds us that fear can take on various shapes and forms—at all levels of sobriety. English-Australian author A.B Finlayson's THE BOOK AND THE BLADE tells the story of Arthur Crazy, who finds himself surrounded by spirits and folkloric creatures after drinking himself under the table at a York pub.

The next day, Arthur quickly realizes he's been bestowed the power to interact, communicate with, and even release the regular haunts of York... In a similar fashion, Alex's Comedy/ Horror releases 2022 with The Parliament Press!

The Book and the Blade

"We think we know fear but we don’t. Not really. Not the true essence of fear. Sure,

we have a natural instinct to avoid harm, how else can we protect ourselves? But we use the

word so loosely; a throwaway catchphrase to describe lonely walks home through dark car

parks, bumping into childhood bullies in our nightmares, and penalty shootouts. Thankfully,

very few people experience real fear. One of the great mercies of humanity’s vast intellect is

our own wilful ignorance. We’re quite happy to float blissfully along without a paddle, adrift

on an invisible sea of terror, so long as we have free Wi-Fi and fried chicken.

This is a story about fear.

And ghosts.

But it’s not a ghost story.

Not a ghost story, no.

It is many.

It begins with a man in a pub."


About the Author:

I was born and raised in a small town in the North East of England and slowly moved further and further away. Now I live in a small town in Australia and that's probably quite far enough. I didn't learn to read until I was about 10 years old because I was one of those know-it-all kids who thought books were boring - and the older I got without reading, the more boring the books they gave me became. But then, I told my uncle just how boring all his books were and so he asked me to pick one. He told me about it - the story of an author who crashes in a storm and is rescued by his biggest fan. Boring. To thank her for rescuing him he lets her read his latest book. Yawn. She didn't like it so she cuts his leg off until he does better. Erm. Awesome! So yes, I went from struggling to read 'See Spot Run' to devouring Stephen King at ten years old. That probably tells you everything you need to know but there's a bit more space so I'll keep going. From that point on I read everything I could lay my hands on and my parents were absolutely wonderful in supplying all the books I asked for without ever worrying about small things like suitability or censorship. At some point I discovered the incomparable Sir Terry Pratchett and decided that's exactly what I wanted to do - an ambition I worked towards with glacial speed. I live and work in Australia with my wife, two kids and a constantly changing cast of supporting animals. We have a habit of annoying our friends and family by selling everything we own and moving to the other side of the world. We spend too much money on wine and never enough on books (you can never spend enough money on books).

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Jun 18, 2023

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