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The Truants

The Truants
Lee Markham
Price: £
8.99
  • Paperback
Published: 
5 Apr 2018
ISBN: 
9780715652725
Pages: 
256
Genre: 
  • Crime & Thriller
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A Guardian Best Horror Novel of 2017

Contorting the conventional vampire narrative into a startling tale of immortality, blood lust, and rage contaminating London’s inner-city youth like a virus, The Truants tells the story of the last of the old-ones—creatures afflicted with a condition not unlike vampirism: ancient, bloodthirsty, and unable to withstand sunlight. The last old-one has decided to end his life, but before he can act he is held up at knifepoint. His assailant disappears, the knife in his pocket, the blood of the old-one seared into its sharpened edge.

The knife trades hands, drawing blood again, and the old-one is resurrected through his victims’ consciousness and divided, spreading through the infected. With his horde of infected youth, the old-one must reclaim the knife to regain control of his soul. But someone is out to stop him...

A sharp and powerful new voice, Lee Markham has written a visceral novel that uncovers the hopelessness of Britain’s social underclass – and the horror of their everyday lives.

Reviews

‘A relentlessly brutal, nihilistic read told in stripped-down, staccato prose… uses the metaphor of the vampire to portray society’s true victims and shines a despairingly honest light on areas not usually illuminated by genre fiction’ Guardian (a Best Horror Novel of 2017) 

'A welcome and memorable addition to the vampire subgenre, full of original ideas and some nightmarishly vivid imagery... told with all the confidence and finesse of a veteran writer, it marks the beginning of a promising career' New York Journal of Books

‘A twisted vampiric read. Ideal for a summer scare’ NME

The Trainspotting of supernatural prose’ Liam Sharp, author of God Killers

‘Markham’s take on the inside of an ancient vampire’s head is as invigoratingly fresh as his story is, by turns, brutal and touching’ Jack Ketchum, author of Off Season

‘The razor-sharp tale of ancient evil set amid the very modern tensions of Broken Britain… a remarkable piece of work that demands to be read’ Ginger Nuts of Horror

‘Terse, fast-paced and modern… very rich writing gives this novel a lift towards poetry’ British Fantasy Society

‘An absolutely stonking good read… the Tarantino-esque timeline gripped from start to finish’ Russ Williamson, Smashwords.com

‘A unique, modern and very British take on the vampire genre’ Hammer Films

‘Pathos is the most important ingredient for any writer… The Truants is dripping with it’ Vanessa Austin LockeThe Latest

The best vampire story since Let The Right One In’ Somethingyousaid.com

‘A neo-noir vampire saga... Markham’s prose is proficient, purposeful and poetic... the words trill and tremble and taunt and tear’ Horror Novel Reviews

‘No regular horror story… ‘Social Horror' may not be a sub-genre but if Lee Markham carries on writing books like this then it will be... [it] pulls no punches at all … heartily recommended to anyone who likes horror fiction with a little more meat on its bones’ GeekPlanetOnline

'Terse, fast-paced and very modern…  very rich writing gives this novel a lift towards poetry’ British Fantasy Society

Lee Markham

About Lee Markham

Lee Markham is an Eastbourne-based author whose work is inspired by writers such as Stephen King, Iain Banks, Alan Moore and Cormac McCarthy. He founded No Man Publishing in 2014 and is currently the CEO of Chestnut Tree Tales Publishing.

The Truants

The Truants
Lee Markham
Price: £
12.99
  • Paperback
Published: 
20 Apr 2017
ISBN: 
9780715651766
Pages: 
256
Genre: 
  • Fiction
Available from:

The startling, intense debut by a talented author – Trainspotting meets Let the Right One In.

Following the suicide of his lover, the last of the ‘oldones’ – ancient immortal beings, as clever as they are ruthless and unable to withstand the light of the sun – has decided to end his immortality. As he sits on a bench on the edge of a council estate to await his demise with the rising of the sun, he is mistaken for an old man, held up at knifepoint by a young man and stabbed before the sun burns his body to ashes. His assailant scurries back into the belly of the estate with the knife in his pocket, the blood of the old-one seared into its sharpened edge.

But once the blade finds new flesh, the congealed blood mingles with that of its victim, and awakens in them the old-one’s consciousness from the depths of the afterlife. It is not long before the knife draws blood again, and one by one the youth living on the estate are taken over by the old-one’s mind. Determined to die, he must find and destroy the knife before his soul becomes irrevocably dispersed in the bodies of the city’s children, trapped forever in its feral underbelly. But someone is out to stop him…

Inspired by the murders of Baby P, Jamie Bulger and Damilola Taylor, and by the London riots during the summer of 2011, The Truants is a visceral, intelligent, gripping novel which uncovers the fragility and hopelessness of Britain’s social underclass – and the horror of their everyday lives.

Read an extract here

Reviews

‘A relentlessly brutal, nihilistic read told in stripped-down, staccato prose… uses the metaphor of the vampire to portray society’s true victims and shines a despairingly honest light on areas not usually illuminated by genre fiction’ Guardian (a Best Horror Novel of 2017) 

'A welcome and memorable addition to the vampire subgenre, full of original ideas and some nightmarishly vivid imagery... told with all the confidence and finesse of a veteran writer, it marks the beginning of a promising career' New York Journal of Books

‘A twisted vampiric read. Ideal for a summer scare’ NME

‘The razor-sharp tale of ancient evil set amid the very modern tensions of Broken Britain… a remarkable piece of work that demands to be read’ Ginger Nuts of Horror

‘A welcome and memorable addition to the vampire subgenre, full of original ideas and some nightmarishly vivid imagery’ New York Journal of Books

The Trainspotting of supernatural prose’ Liam Sharp, author of God Killers

‘Markham’s take on the inside of an ancient vampire’s head is as invigoratingly fresh as his story is, by turns, brutal and touching’ Jack Ketchum, author of Off Season

‘Terse, fast-paced and modern… very rich writing gives this novel a lift towards poetry’ British Fantasy Society

‘An absolutely stonking good read… the Tarantino-esque timeline gripped from start to finish’ Russ Williamson, Smashwords.com

‘A unique, modern and very British take on the vampire genre’ Hammer Films

‘Pathos is the most important ingredient for any writer… The Truants is dripping with it’ Vanessa Austin LockeThe Latest

The best vampire story since Let The Right One In’ Somethingyousaid.com

‘A neo-noir vampire saga... Markham’s prose is proficient, purposeful and poetic... the words trill and tremble and taunt and tear’ Horror Novel Reviews

'No regular horror story… ‘Social Horror' may not be a sub-genre but if Lee Markham carries on writing books like this then it will be... [it] pulls no punches at all … heartily recommended to anyone who likes horror fiction with a little more meat on its bones’ GeekPlanetOnline

'Terse, fast-paced and very modern…  very rich writing gives this novel a lift towards poetry’ British Fantasy Society

Lee Markham

About Lee Markham

Lee Markham is an Eastbourne-based author whose work is inspired by writers such as Stephen King, Iain Banks, Alan Moore and Cormac McCarthy. He founded No Man Publishing in 2014 and is currently the CEO of Chestnut Tree Tales Publishing.