Dreams and Shadows is screenwriter and film critic C. Robert Cargill’s debut novel, published in paperback by Gollancz in January (£8.99). It’s been described as “part Neil Gaiman, part Guillermo Del Torro, part William Burroughs”, taking us beyond the veil, through the lives of Ewan and Colby, young men whose spirits have been enmeshed with the otherworld from a young age.
The novel “follows the boys from their star-crossed adolescences to their haunted adulthoods, and into the Limestone Kingdom, a parallel universe where whisky swilling genies and foul mouthed wizards argue over the state of the metaphysical realm. Having left the spirit world and returned to the human world, Ewan and Colby discover that the creatures from this previous life have not forgotten them, and that fate can never be sidestepped.”
And on 15 May the sequel, Queen of the Dark Things, hits the shelves (Gollancz £16.99).
“The two boys, spirited away into a dark world of myth and folklore that has lived, grown and changed alongside our world, have grown into men and now make their way. But faerie has not forgotten them, it never could, they wield too much power, too much hinges on them, so it reaches out again. And a trip to Australia becomes a terrifying adventure amongst new gods, new spirits, new embodiments of an ancient land and power.”