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The Black [hardcover] by Mark Morris

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A NOVEL by Mark Morris
PUBLICATION DATE  September 2014
Emily Hare

Unsigned Jacketed Hardcover  — ISBN 

Kate Nolan is a successful magazine editor with a loving husband, James, and a five year old son, Max. Her life couldn’t be more perfect—but one day she receives a phone call from James, which changes everything.

Clearly distressed, James tells Kate to meet him at midnight outside the beach café once owned by her long-dead grandmother in the seaside town of Seahaven, where they both grew up. A strange request, made even more sinister by the fact that in recent weeks Seahaven has become prey to a serial killer who is targeting the local children.
Kate keeps the midnight appointment, but instead of finding her husband and son, she finds herself drawn into an ever-tightening web of past misdeeds and long-buried secrets. As hopes for her missing family fade, Kate becomes involved in a desperate race against time. Where are her husband and son? Have they become the latest victims of the serial killer, who calls himself Dominic and seems to know her intimately? And what has all this to do with Kate’s childhood terror of the impenetrable darkness known as ‘the black’?


Mark Morris has written over twenty-five novels, among which are Toady, Stitch, The Immaculate, The Secret of Anatomy, Fiddleback, The Deluge and four books in the popular Doctor Who range. He is also the author of two short story collections, Close to the Bone and Long Shadows, Nightmare Light, and several novellas. His short fiction, articles and reviews have appeared in a wide variety of anthologies and magazines, and he is editor of Cinema Macabre, a book of horror movie essays by genre luminaries for which he won the 2007 British Fantasy Award, its follow-up Cinema Futura, and The First Spectral Book of Horror Stories, the inaugural volume of what is hoped will become an annual series. His script work includes audio dramas for Big Finish Productions’ Doctor Who and Jago & Litefoot ranges, and also for Bafflegab’s Hammer Chillers series, and his recently published work includes an updated novelisation of the 1971 Hammer movie Vampire Circus, the official movie tie-in novelisation of Darren Aronofsky’s Noah, and a novella entitled It Sustains for Earthling Publications. Upcoming is a new short story collection from ChiZine Publications, two more novellas (for Spectral Press and Salt/Remains Publishing), and The Wolves of London, book one of the Obsidian Heart trilogy, which will be published by Titan Books in October 2014.