John Fish B.Sc.Publishers of Tenby in Wales (UK)
ROWSE LITERARY AGENCY LIKE A BLOODY CIRCUS by Glenn Hale
ROWSE LITERARY AGENCY
LIKE A BLOODY CIRCUS
e-mail: Glenn Hale
Like A Bloody Circus is a contemporary gothic crime thriller novel set in a West Wales coastal village amidst a Welsh hot summer and revolves around David Chase ... divorcee, philanderer, handsome, intelligent, city lecturer and would-be novelist. Chase gives his final lecture of the academic year. For him, teaching has lost its magic and he hopes to escape through his writing. But he is thrown by fate into a world of killer cats that leads him to a tale of revenge, guilt and supernatural secrets. Sample Chapter Prologue
Chase inherits his aunt's house in a dreary West Wales village. A city dweller, he visits the house with a view to sell, aid early retirement and progress his writing career.
Arriving on a dusky, hot July evening, he witnesses a young mother throwing her baby into the sea. This leads him to the suspicious shopkeeper, Billy Gryff, who possesses some kind of a hold over the village. The local constabulary, led by Sergeant Moss, is reluctant to follow up the case, declaring 'We don't do murder around here,' fobbing Chase off with a story of Lucy Luck, an immature young mother who tosses a doll into the sea on the anniversary of the tragic drowning of her own child.
Arriving at his Auntie's house that night, Chase witnesses the eerie spectre of a large black cat at the bottom of the garden. He becomes obsessed with the big cat phenomena and, ever on the lookout for a story, maintains his suspicions over the village hiding something about Lucy Luck and the baby in the sea. Meanwhile, a creature stalks the hills and forests at night preying on livestock and men are going missing. Paul Thomas disappears after swerving to avoid something black in the road and Cornelius Power, traveller and fighting man, disappears while out on a night's hunting.
Chase invites his fellow teacher and on-off lover, Judith Fitzsimmons to the house, but with him receiving a beating from who he believes to be one of Billy Gryff's henchmen, and his growing obsession with murderous secrets and big cats, Judith decides to return back to the city, only to be horrifically raped and possibly impregnated by Billy Gryff.This is a secret, however, she is not willing to share.
When DI Tudor Watson is called in to investigate Chase's beating and Power's disappearance, the plot unfolds into conspiracy, murder and man-eating cats, with Power's wife, Sioana being discovered in an isolated wood with her throat ripped out.
Gary Gibbons, golfing partner to Paul Thomas, discovers a voice message on his mobile from Thomas that leads him to suspect a sinister reason for his friend's disappearance. Arranging to replay the message to Watson, Gibbons also goes missing and the DI is linking the three men's disappearance to a gut feeling of murder.
Throughout the investigation, Chase is drawn to the wild cat theory and believes Sioana was killed by a panther. He meets up with Henry Rooibokkraal (Bok), a South African big cat specialist living in the wilds of Cornwall, persuading him to visit the Welsh village and try tracking the animal that Chase believes to be causing mayhem, eventually resulting in Bok shooting a black cat that morphs into the corpse of Cornelius Power.
Attempting to explain such phenomena to Watson proves difficult, but when all three are at the scene of the shooting amidst a blazing forest riddled with creatures, noises, shadows and shapes, the detective is convinced anything is possible.
The story climaxes in a fire-enraged conflict between human-cum-panthers and desperate men left with no choice but to kill or be killed.
The end sees Chase as the only survivor, face to face with the King of the Beasts, Billy Gryff. Chase squeezes the trigger of his rifle as the fire and burning trees fall into his path, forcing him to seek an escape route.
Like A Bloody Circus finishes with an epilogue. Now living in Cornwall, Chase has matured emotionally, settling with Judith, who has produced a son, Liam. Chase has published a successful novel based on his experiences and Judith has produced a son, Liam ... As the child plays football in the garden he peers through the hedgerow, mesmerised by the swaying wheat in the neighbouring field: Then there were the eyes; the yellow and black eyes. The eyes inside the shadow that didn't move with the dancing grass. Liam forgot about the ball. He forgot everything. But the eyes drew him in to some kind of memory. He would not fathom that recollection yet. He was only three years old. The eyes in the grass widened and Liam's followed suit. Then the yellow and black eyes blinked slowly, softly, and the boy acknowledged them with a smile.
About the author I have produced a short film The Last Word which was shown internationally at film festivals, including the Commonwealth Film festival in Manchester.
I have taught English in Further Education for four years and, somewhat disenchanted by the Further Education funding system, sought a more humdrum job in order to save some imaginary energy for writing. As a result, I have been a civil servant for the last sixteen years.
Having self-published (Kindle) a comic novel that had derived from a true story requiring exorcism on the page, I have constantly been drawn to the darker side of humanity and have produced some short stories in the gothic/mystery genre.
This is my first full length work in this genre, inspired by a visit to the West Wales village of Borth. If you've ever been to Borth you will know that only a horror story can be a fitting tribute!
I do not compare myself to other writers - not out of arrogance or ignorance, but a belief in avoiding unconscious influence or mimicking.
I write fiction, though as previously mentioned I have written and directed a black comic short The Last Word which has been shown in film festivals worldwide.
However, my first love is fiction that explores the darker side of life and human behaviour Like A Bloody Circus does just that. Influenced by that visit to the peculiar village of Borth in West Wales and Chris Hughes, 1983 Mastermind winner, who discussed on BBC morning television the next day after his victory a news item regarding the possible sighting of black panthers in the Welsh countryside, commenting that no real evidence had ever been found and that it was as if such creatures had become something of the occult.
I hope you enjoy the chapter and that the synopsis whets your appetite to read more.
Like A Bloody Circus is a contemporary gothic crime thriller novel set in a West Wales coastal village amidst a Welsh hot summer and revolves around David Chase ... divorcee, philanderer, handsome, intelligent, city lecturer and would-be novelist. Chase gives his final lecture of the academic year. For him, teaching has lost its magic and he hopes to escape through his writing. But he is thrown by fate into a world of killer cats that leads him to a tale of revenge, guilt and supernatural secrets.