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DARK WATER

When Helena returns to her childhood home in Orkney to

care for her father after a heart attack, she is forced to face

memories that she has spent half a lifetime running from.

Still haunted by the disappearance of her blood-sister,

Anastasia – who vanished during a daredevil swimming

incident – Helena must carefully navigate the island that

made her, and the old faces that still ask: what really

happened that night by the wrecks?

 

An intense portrait of adolescent yearning and obsession.

 

“I couldn’t help but be fascinated by this book. It uses the Orkney setting beautifully, and the islands are intertwined with the story of a woman facing the past she’d evaded for years: both in the clarity of the light and the roughness of the sea. It uses suspense and structure with skill… The final scene was brilliantly described. Suspense, sex and selkie girls: irresistable!” – ‘Deliciously claustrophobic. Bailey’s scenic portrayal of Orkney is masterful. I was reminded throughout of Olive Kitteridge’s Maine – the harbour, the fishing boats, the harsh lives, the cramped front rooms.’ – Amy Liptrot, author of ‘The Outrun’, Winner of the 2016 Wainwright Prize

“Like a selkie through the cold North Sea, the story of Helena’s past ploughs inexorably towards its dark conclusion, every line haunted by the ghost of her enigmatic former best friend, Anastasia. With the island of Orkney as the most dynamic of backdrops, author Sara Bailey lures you into a story of intense teenage friendship, first love, and family ties, keeping you spellbound until the very last word.” – ‘Deliciously claustrophobic. Bailey’s scenic portrayal of Orkney is masterful. I was reminded throughout of Olive Kitteridge’s Maine – the harbour, the fishing boats, the harsh lives, the cramped front rooms.’ –   S.E. Lynes, author of ‘Valentina’

“Deliciously claustrophobic. Bailey’s scenic portrayal of Orkney is masterful. I was reminded throughout of Olive Kitteridge’s Maine – the harbour, the fishing boats, the harsh lives, the cramped front rooms.” – Diane Chandler, author of ‘The Road to Donetsk’, Winner of The People’s Book Prize 2016

What readers’ are saying about Dark Water:

5 stars

‘A superb debut; it has ‘dark’ in the title for a very good reason’

‘Unsettlingly Brilliant’

‘A Must Read Book’

‘An incredibly addictive read’

‘Excellent debut! I loved it!’

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writing the horror movieTales of horror have always been with us, from Biblical times to the Gothic novel to successful modern day authors and screenwriters. Though the genre is often maligned, it is huge in popularity and its resilience is undeniable. Marc Blake and Sara Bailey offer a detailed analysis of the horror genre, including its subgenres, tropes and the specific requirements of the horror screenplay.

Tracing the development of the horror film from its beginnings in German Expressionism, the authors engage in a readable style that will appeal to anyone with a genuine interest in the form and the mechanics of the genre. This book examines the success of Universal Studio’s franchises of the ’30s to the Serial Killer, the Slasher film, Asian Horror, the Supernatural, Horror Vérité and current developments in the field, including 3D and remakes. It also includes step-by-step writing exercises and interviews with seasoned writers/directors/ producers discussing budget restrictions, screenplay form and formulas and how screenplays work during shooting.

Writing the Horror Movie is written in particular for anyone interested in writing a screenplay for a horror film, and in seeing that screenplay turned into reality. But it’s also full of fascinating nuggets of analysis and useful information more generally for scholars, students and fans of the genre – whether this is musing on the aesthetics of disgust, offering nifty psychological profiles of major horror monsters, or advice on how to exploit your film and turn it into a lucrative franchise. Two dismembered thumbs up for Marc Blake and Sara Bailey! – Darryl Jones, Professor, School of English, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

A lucid, well-structured and thought-provoking introduction that ranges widely across the genre. Intelligent and perceptive throughout. Recommended for aspiring writers and critics. – George Green, Senior Lecturer, Department of English and Creative Writing, Lancaster University, UK

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