by Nicholas Royle
Solaris Paperback ISBN/ITEM#: 9781907992018
Date: 01 September 2011 List Price £7.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK /
Hugely respected author Nicholas Royle deserves to be known far and wide. Described as "a cross between Iain Sinclair and Ian Rankin" his genre work is only occasionally considered genre enough. Consequently it's rare that we see his work published by those imprints whose output I have listed on these pages for over a decade, though his short fiction - a story length at which he is both prolific and accomplished - is often included in those genre anthologies specialising in the darker areas of the human psyche. It's great therefore to see Solaris publishing Regicide, a new, if short, novel - one developed from a story that first appeared in Newman & McAuley's classic early 90's In Dreams anthology.
"Carl meets Annie Risk and falls for her. Hurt by a recent relationship, she resists becoming involved. A chance find offers distraction: Carl stumbles across part of a map to an unknown town. He becomes convinced it represents the city of his dreams, where ice skaters turn quintuple loops and trumpeters hit impossibly high notes... where Annie Risk will agree to see him again. But if he ever finds himself in the streets on his map, will they turn out to be the land of his dreams or the world of his worst nightmares?"