Verity Holloway's debut novel, Pseudotooth, is an excellent literary speculative...
Verity Holloway's Pseudotooth was published by Unsung Stories in March 2017.
Information about Verity Holloway:
Born in Gibraltar in 1986, Verity Holloway grew up following her Navy family around the world. Always on the move, dealing with the effects of her connective tissue disorder, Marfan syndrome, she found friendly territory in fantasy, history, and Fortean oddities.
In 2007, she graduated from Cambridge's Anglia Ruskin University with a First Class BA in Literature and Creative Writing. She went on to earn a Distinction Masters in Literature with special focus on Dante Gabriel Rossetti's The House of Life.
Her short stories and poems have been variously published. Her story Cremating Imelda was nominated for the Pushcart Prize, and in 2012 she published my first chapbook, Contraindications. Her 'delightfully weird' novella, Beauty Secrets of The Martyrs, was released in 2015, and in October 2016 Pen & Sword will publish her first non-fiction book, The Mighty Healer: Thomas Holloway's Patent Medicine Empire, a biography of her Victorian cousin who made his fortune with questionable remedies. Unsung Stories published her novel Pseudotooth in March 2017.
The debut novel from Verity Holloway, Pseudotooth is an adult take on 'portal fantasy', boldly tackling issues of trauma responses, social difference and our conflicting desires for purity and acceptance.
Aisling Selkirk is a young woman beset by unexplained blackouts, pseudo-seizures that have baffled both the doctors and her family. Sent to recuperate in the Suffolk countryside, she seeks solace in the work of William Blake and writing her journal, filling its pages with her visions of Feodor, an East Londoner haunted by his family's history back in Russia.
The discovery of a Tudor priest hole and its disturbed former inhabitant lead Aisling into a meeting with the enigmatic Chase and on to an unfamiliar town where the rule of Our Friend is absolute and those deemed unfit and undesirable have a tendency to disappear into The Quiet...
This bold new work of literary fantasy blurs the lines between dream and reality, asking troubling questions about those who society shuns, and why.