by Conrad Williams
David has been summoned to Morecambe, a place he hoped he’d never see again. It’s winter and the English seaside town is dead. David knows exactly how it feels. Empty for as long as he can remember, he depends too much on a past filled with the excitements of drink, drugs and cold sex. The friends that sustained him then – Helen and Seamus – are here now and together they aim to pinpoint the source of the violence that has suddenly exploded into their lives. The friends drive each other further into a territory of fear, suspicion and threat as old bitternesses are rekindled, ancient haunts are revisited. The phantoms of the past are coalescing and something is coming home to roost…
Head Injuries is currently being developed into a major feature film by Revolution Films.
‘I loved it. The observation has the freshness and vividness of lived experience, and the supernatural manifestations are just as arrestingly original. The portraits of everyday loneliness are brilliant. Altogether I though it was one of the finest and most haunting modern spectral novels I’ve read.’ – Ramsey Campbell
CONRAD WILLIAMS was born in Warrington in 1969. His work has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines including Panurge, Sunk Island Review, ABeSea, A Book of Two Halves, Last Rites & Resurrections, Blue Motel, Dark Terrors 2 and 3, The Year’s Best Horror Stories XXII, Darklands 2 and Sirens and Other Daemon Lovers. In 1993 he won the British Fantasy Award for Best Newcomer and was a recipient of a Littlewood Arc prize. Head Injuries is his first novel.
‘Conrad Williams is a demon-Spirit, weaving beautiful nests of tight prose, hatching spectacular nightmares out of love, guilt, remorse and unreliable memory. The flights of his fiction are dazzling and dangerous.’ – Graham Joyce