Beast In The Basement
This psychological suspense-thriller is set in a big house in the English countryside, where a recently bereaved and increasingly unstable author toils over a book which will close the trilogy of best-selling Jade Nexus fantasy novels.
Speculation and rumour are rife among hardcore Jade Nexus fans that their heroine will die at the book’s conclusion - a possibility against which they loudly protest via social media as the release date nears.
How do you deal with grief under such intense pressure? How do you cope with distractions from your work such as a violent intruder, panicked messages from your agent and a potential love interest moving into the cottage across the field? Far worse than any of those problems, what do you do about the Beast in your basement?
Beast In The Basement is a contemporary horror novella about obsession, revenge, censorship, blame culture and personal responsibility. A dark and twisted tale with a kick like a mule.
"I reached a certain point and wanted to stop and applaud my Kindle. On a tube train"
Sebastian Patrick, writer/editor of the RED DWARF website.
“This is enormous spooky fun and reads like lightning!”
Jenny Colgan, author of Resistance Is Futile, The Good, The Bad And The Dumped, Meet Me At The Cupcake Cafe and Doctor Who: Dark Horizons (as JT Colgan)
"When the biggest turn in the story occurred, I actually exclaimed (out loud with great exuberance), 'Holy shit that's so fucking clever!'" Mich Masoch, CHS Regime
“This short sharp shock of weird horror cuts right to the quick. Writing about writers is tricky, but Arnopp handles it with beastly aplomb”
Chuck Wendig, author of Zer0es, Star Wars: Aftermath and the Miriam Black series
"A wonderful, creepy tale that winds the tension extremely tight, culminating in an explosive ending that will certainly make your jaw drop”
The Reluctant Geek
“The rarest of things, a story that manages to keep you guessing right up until the end. Arnopp obviously delights in messing with his readership’s heads... I really can’t get enough of writing like this”
The Eloquent Page
“Arnopp snares his poor readers using inch-perfect plotting and compulsive suspense so that, once hooked, he can inflict his own dark brand of please-no horror on their unprepared psyches. Beast In The Basement is highly recommended for anyone who doesn’t realise how much an author can love and hate his readers at the same time. Hell’s teeth, what's the matter with the man?”
JMR Higgs, author of The Brandy Of The Damned and I Have America Surrounded: The Life Of Timothy Leary
“A deliciously dark slice of horror, touching on madness, grief, guilt and the power of the written word”
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WHERE TO BUY
RECOMMENDED: Direct from me on my Koji page in a triple pack of e-book formats
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The book is also available as half of Brandy In The Basement, the collaboration between me and the author JMR Higgs.
Download a free PDF sampler of Beast In The Basement, featuring the first 2000 words