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Part 2 in the Angel Fallen Publicity Tour

June 27, 2017 - 6:33 pm No Comments

So yesterday we found out the man behind the book and the blurb to An Angel Fallen. Today here is my review on the book

An Angel Fallen by Andy Graham

Published on 13th June 2017

79 pages

Reviewed by Yvonne Davies

There is not a lot to do where Michael lives, and he would rather not spend it at home. So, him and his best friend Raph make up their own entertainment. One night when they were both out, something falls from the sky, triggering a chain of events that got more catastrophic.

Michael was always the follower, everything Raph wanted to do he went along with it even when he didn’t agree with it. Although spending time with Raph was far better than spending it at home. The only one who looked after him was Ariel the housekeeper. However, after the eventful night, he did grow a conscience and started to stand up to Raph and show compassion.

Although this is a short story, there is a lot going on which makes it a quick read. Whilst reading this story, it reminded me of an old testament story that was told to me at Sunday school. This is a well written horror with some twists that will keep you gripped from the start.

 

An Angel Fallen Publicity Tour

June 26, 2017 - 4:54 pm 1 Comment

When we were asked to be involved in The Angel Fallen publicity Tour, how could we say no. Today, you will find out more about the book and the author himself. Come back tomorrow and read my review.

Out now

 

You’re eighteen. Bored. Dad’s away a lot. Says its business, but you’ve seen the lipstick stains. Mum’s home. Too much. Keeping the world gin market afloat on her own. There’s Ariel, the family maid. She’s cool. The one piece of this messed up world that makes sense. And then there’s Raph. Raph’s the leader of your gang of two. He gets off on doing those things to the animals you both catch: the slicing, crushing, and maiming. Buried a few alive, too. His relationship with that hammer of his is sick. You run with Raph because, well, nothing else to do out here, right? Except if your folks found out what you’ve been up to, there’d be hell.

Then you find it. Whatever it is. It can’t be what you think it is. Those things don’t exist. But it’s staring at you. Asking for help. Is it dying? Can these things die? You need to do something for it. Raph wants to do something to it. Time to choose. Do you run with the human devil you know, or take a chance on this thing that fell from the heavens?

An Angel Fallen is a tale of divine retribution from British author Andy Graham. On a day when the world is struggling to stay sane, and is being ravaged by biblical plagues, what price will two teenagers pay for their past?

Want to know more about Andy Graham,  well here is his bio, keep scrolling to read an interview he did with Theresa:

Andy Graham is a British author currently living in the Czech Republic who will now stop talking about himself in the third person because it’s odd. I have two main collections of books: The Lords of Misrule is a series of dystopian political thrillers set in an alternate world based on life in 21st century EU/ US. I also have an expanding collection of creepy reads that explore the darker side of life, death, and the undead. There are a few unfinished stories rattling around in my hard-drive and some unstarted ones knocking around in my head. They range from disposable airport fiction and YA sci fi to grimdark epics, but they will have to wait their turn. (Unfortunately for my wife, who is waiting for me to write something ‘nice’, preferably with sparkly vampires.) Outside of reading and writing, I’m a musician, qualified osteopath, seasoned insomniac, and father to two young kids who have too much energy to let me grow old gracefully. You can find me online at www.andygrahamauthor.com (where you can claim a free book), twitter – @andygraham2001 and FB – andy graham author.

 

Interview by Theresa Derwin

Tell us about you?

Husband. Father. Brother. Son. Nephew. Uncle. (No longer a grandson). Writer. Osteopath. Bassist. Teacher. Insomniac. Optimistic cynic. British Ex-Pat living in Prague. Born-again barbell enthusiast.

That’s the nuts and bolts of it. The longer version just fills in the gaps and uses more commas.

What inspired the idea to write about a possible angel?

The initial story idea was inspired by a post that cropped up on a well-known social media outlet. It was one of the name-and-shame-and-share type posts about a couple of teenagers who had mutilated a dog. There was a picture of them standing in front of the poor animal’s mangled corpse. One kid was grinning. The other was holding a hammer. They’d crucified the dog. It was repulsive.

As often happens when I see or hear of things like this (and, unfortunately, humans are a bountiful source of inspiration in this area), that image lodged in my brain. That mental splinter very quickly became a ‘what if’ type situation; what if the dog could get its own back on those kids? What would it do? Forgive and forget, or get vengeance?

I’m not sure at what point the dog became an angel. I’m not entirely sure why, either. It could have been because I’d been toying with the idea of writing something more supernatural (most of my work to date is rooted in reality). It might have been because my wife has a couple of small stone angels next to our bed. It may have been just an extension of the retribution idea – because there’s no retribution like divine retribution.

Raph is a pretty brutal character. And a teenager. Was it intentional to look at how teenagers push boundaries in today’s society?

Not intentionally, no. Raph is that age because the picture I saw that inspired the story was of teenagers. I’ve also heard of this kind of thing happening before, and it’s always teenagers involved.

Making him and Mike that age did give me the chance to explore the darker side of kids trying to find their place in the world – both financially, workwise, and, crucially, emotionally. I fear that this last thing is something which is being overlooked in a society that is increasingly based on achieving and winning ‘things’. You could argue that this competition has always been there, and to a certain degree is needed, but I wonder if the social media driven ‘comparisonitis’ is making things worse.

What was it about writing a younger narrator that appealed to you?

I didn’t set out to make the narrator younger. It was mainly the picture I saw that fixed the age of the two teenagers in my mind. Once that mental image was there, I couldn’t shake it or see the story unfolding any other way.

What that age did do, however, was give me a chance to drop hints as to why the boys behave like this, specifically, how the actions (and inactions) of the parents may have contributed to the emotional vacuity of the boys. I realise that adults are affected by their childhood, too, but I think teenagers are much more emotionally malleable and vulnerable.

What’s next for you?

I have the germ of an idea of a sequel. That ‘arrived’ this morning while I was strung out on insomnia on a plane to London. It’s not going to be a proper sequel but will have a similar feel, length, and title to An Angel Fallen. The working title is A Demon Risen. It combines a few ideas that have been knocking around my head for a while, but I hadn’t seen how to

connect them before. Now they have slotted into place. Don’t ask me how that works, I have no idea. They were separate ideas which now just seem to fit as if they always have. The story may also feature an older version of Mike.

I like the idea of a universe of connecting stories. (There’s a reference in An Angel Fallen to my short story Sunflower, for instance.) As long as it doesn’t get too ponderous or confusing, I think that concept could be quite cool.

Before that, I want to finish book four of my main series – The Lords of Misrule. It’s a series of dystopian political thrillers, set in an alternate world based on 21st Century EU/US. That’s more dark fiction than horror. It has no angels or demons, and the only monsters are the human ones. And the latter, to be honest, scare me more, because they’re real.