The Exiled by William Meikle

by William Meikle
Published by Darkfuse on July 1, 2014
Genres: Horror
Pages: 242
Format: eARC
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When several young girls are abducted from various locations in Edinburgh, Detective John Granger and his brother Alan, a reporter, investigate the cases from different directions. The abductor is cunning, always one step ahead, and the only clue he leaves behind at each scene are the brutalized corpses of black swans.

When the brothers' investigations finally converge at a farmhouse in Central Scotland, they catch a glimpse of where the girls have been taken, a place both far away yet close enough to touch. A land known throughout Scottish history with many names: Faerie, Elfheim, and the Astral Plane. It is a place of legend and horror, a myth. But the brothers soon discover it's real, and, to catch the abductor, they will have to cross over themselves.

To catch a killer, John and Alan Granger will have to battle the Cobbe, a strange and enigmatic creature that guards the realm, a creature of horrific power that demands a heavy price for entry into its world. The fate of both realms hangs in the balance…and time is running out

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William Meikle out-grims the Brothers Grimm in this contemporary supernatural mystery novel, chronicling the manhunt for a madman who leaves mutilated black swans as bloody calling cards in a string of child abductions that will lead two brothers, a detective and a reporter, through the Veil and into the world of Scottish myth…..where the horror known as the Cobbe stands guard between our reality and the world of Faerie, collecting a monstrous toll from any who dare cross over.

No one delivers fast paced thrills and chills like William Meikle. A must-read for any fan of horror or truly dark fantasy.

Highest possible recommendation.

About William Meikle

I am a Scottish writer, now living in Canada, with over twenty novels published in the genre press and over 300 short story credits in thirteen countries. I have had books published with a variety of publishers including Dark Regions Press, DarkFuse and Dark Renaissance, and my work has appeared in a number of professional anthologies and magazines with recent sales to NATURE Futures, Penumbra and Buzzy Mag among others.

I live in Newfoundland with whales, bald eagles and icebergs for company and when I’m not writing I drink beer, play guitar and dream of fortune and glory.

I don’t know where the ideas come from. I’m just glad that they come. It’s been over twenty five years now. I think it’s enthusiasm that keeps me going. I just love adventure stories with guns, swords, monsters and folks in peril.

I’m just a big kid at heart.

And therein lies my secret. I haven’t grown up.

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