Behind the Book – Cottingley

In 1917 the world was rocked by claims that two young girls – Elsie Wright and Frances Griffiths – had photographed fairies in the sleepy village of Cottingley. In 2017, a century later, we finally discover the true nature of these fey creatures. Correspondence has come to light that contains a harrowing account, written by village resident Lawrence Fairclough, laying bare the fairies’ sinister malevolence and spiteful intent.

A gripping, enchanting tale from the bestselling author of Richard & Judy Book Club hit A Cold Season.

The book is available as a paperback and a signed limited edition hardback, limited to 100 numbered copies. Cottingley is available direct from Newcon Press and other good outlets. Cottingley is a novella (74 pages long).

Reviews

“Fairclough is a likeable narrator, his reaction to the events that unfold convincing; the single point of view successfully drives the narrative forward. The pace is also spot-on, with the initial uneasy atmosphere in Fairclough’s home growing more and more unsettling, the story culminating in a deeply chilling climax.” Marija Smits, Shoreline of Infinity.

“It expertly evokes both its setting and the characters’ emotional lives; it’s impeccably paced, perfectly structured, and a genuine page-turner. I devoured it in one sitting. Make sure you pick up a copy.” James Everington.

“An excellent read in every way… Quiet and traditional horror story in the ‘classic’ sense, more Machen then James, that ticked all my boxes. Highly recommended.” Charles Prepolec, author, reviewer and co-editor of five Sherlock Holmes anthologies.

“For those who enjoy classic English style dark fantasy in the lineage of Arthur Machen and Algernon Blackwood, look no further. Cottingley is a treat and another triumph for one of the best writers of dark fiction around.” Gary Dalkin, Amazing Stories.

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