A fantasy world, of course, for Richard, Robin and Nigel, the club's members, are ordinary boys from ordinary families, who just happen to share a taste for the macabre in films and videos, books and comics. And then they admit a fourth member to their club – Toady, a far from ordinary boy with a taste for the macabre in real life. From the moment he lures the others into a nerve-jangling seance in a house with a chilling reputation, their lives are blighted by worse horror than they have ever imagined. In a fusion of nightmare and reality, terror stalks the familiar streets of a sleepy seaside town and waits to invade the safest home. The pervasive stain of evil spreads like ripples on a pond, leaving a trail of sacrilege and death in its wake. One by one the members of the Horror Club are overcome and forced into a netherworld, halfway between illusion and reality. It is up to the final member to fight alone against the evil they have unleashed – until, in the final battle, he is joined by an unexpected ally... "Toady" is a staggering achievement.
BFS Award-nominated author Mark Morris takes all the established horror conventions and reworks them in a way that is completely fresh and inimitably his own, in this; his first novel.
Mark Morris (born 1963) is an author most well known for his series of horror novels, although he has also written novels based on the BBC Television series Doctor Who. He currently lives in Tadcaster, North Yorkshire, with his wife (the artist Nel Whatmore) and their children, David and Polly. He has used the pseudonym J. M. Morris for the novel Fiddleback.