This is the Dedication Page for Craig William Giles
“Blue Jacob has dark and violent urges. He is frightened that something evil is living in his head. He may be right and must be careful because that darkness has teeth. Charlotte A prisoner locked away from the world, she wakes with no memory of what went before. Charlotte has a blood-soaked secret that she is yet to learn. Reflections in a Cold Dark Lake A murderer disposes of the corpse of his latest prey, but something is about to change in his life. A victim wants revenge and she will use a part of him to get it. Harvest Imagine opening your eyes to find yourself strapped to a table. Eric Blackman did just that. Masked figures come and go silently. The madness and torment is only the beginning. Welcome to Evagrad A young Englishman has the potential opportunity of a lifetime. He’s persuaded by his grandfather to spend his gap year in Russia so he can claim his ancestor’s legacy. But it could cost him everything. Heaven or Hell or . . . Two beings meet again after many years, but ultimately, it is for business—the dark business of someone’s floating soul. Infernal or Celestial? There is a decision to be made.”
His debut novel was
“….Of Tortured Faustian Slumbers”
and is a dark fantasy/horror novel of a modern-day faustian pact. Also self published, through Authorhouse publications.
His wife Lily is a psychiatrist at an institute for the criminally insane. One of her patients is a sadistic killer who seems to know too much about Lily and Seth.
Seth has recently been having disturbing and frightening nightmares of his own death and destruction. Gradually his dreams have become increasingly vivid and terrifying.
Following a night out with a friend, Seth has an intense sexual encounter with a beautiful stranger. This takes him further down a spiral of torment and insanity, which leads him to question his entire existence.
Vicious demons and beautiful succubi may have the answer to his successful return to the limelight. Seth could revel in the glow of notoriety again. He could even win his wife back, but there are sinister forces at work, and their motives for such generosity are shown when the Prince of Darkness himself pays Seth a visit.
Seth is expected to fulfill his side of a Faustian pact, and the price to pay would be an act in itself, which could condemn mankind to burn.
Follow Seth Caine now on his journey into madness and despair . . .
Of Tortured Faustian Slumbers – A Review by UK Horror Scene (by Andy Deen)
……..Of Tortured Faustian Slumbers by C. William Giles (2012) Book Review
Paperback, Hardback & E-Book
Seth Caine was a famous author, he also had a beautiful wife and a teenage son. Now following the painful disintegration of his marriage, the death of his son and his seemingly permanent writers block Seth spends his days (and nights) drinking himself into a stupor and having a continual string of meaningless one-night stands.
Recently Seth has been suffering with some very disturbing and vivid nightmares where he is being tortured and killed by an unseen almost demonic and malevolent force. One particular dream left physical marks across Seth’s cheek , but these are just blamed on his excesses and Seth feels like he is losing his mind.
Needing to unwind Seth arranges to go out with his best friend Karl to the local Rock club. While they are there Seth meets a stunning stranger with which he has an intense sexual encounter with that night.
Following this Seth starts a downward spiral where he has more frequent nightmares and starts to feel like he is losing his grip on reality and his sanity. However as the nightly visitations become more real Seth is offered a deal that will make all his dreams come true but at what price?
Running parallel with Seth’s story is that of his estranged wife Lilly who is the senior psychiatrist at The Hoffman Psychiatric Institute that houses many dangerous and disturbed individuals including the notorious priest slayer Severin Frost (a chilling Hannibal Lecter figure) who in conversations with her seems to know too much about Dr. Lilly Caine and her husband and son. So with many forces at play it seems that Seth and Lilly are on a collision course both professionally and personally , but who or what is steering them and to what means?
Right let’s get this straight from the start , I could have written pages about the synopsis but I really don’t want to give spoilers away. I never read the back of a book and even when I was sent this I had no idea what to expect.
But from page one I was utterly hooked, C. William Giles has such an easy almost laid-back style of writing but he also has a way of enticing the reader to enter a world of pain and anguish to which it is almost impossible to leave (or close the book).
One of the reasons I loved OTFS is that Seth reminded me of myself in many ways, I imagine Mr Giles has based Seth mainly on himself . I say this after conversing a few times and reading a few reviews. What is strange though is that myself and the author live quite close to each other, we have a very similar taste in music and have no doubt frequented the same gigs in Manchester. We are of a similar age , have long hair and tattoos. So when in OTFS Seth puts on a band t-shirt or listens to a certain band and even goes to a club then it reminds me of myself going out in the late 1980′s to gigs at The International and hanging round the Banshee and Jilly’s nightclubs in Manchester.
So I already had a disposition to like this but then Giles hits me with some wonderful religious imagery, a psychopathic killer of priests and some really erotic scenes . So I am in hook, line and sinker.
But you can’t have a great book on ideas and scenarios alone. What C. William Giles also has is talent and in abundance, he writes freely and with an obvious passion that just screams “READ ME” on very page. He also has a hell of a story to tell (quite literally) and with an old-fashioned good vs evil backdrop but set in modern England , OTFS brings something I have not seen in a long time – a world-class debut novel !
……..Of Tortured Faustian Slumbers is a wondrous journey filled with religion, demons, heavy metal, love, torture, hope and the odd succubi. Along the way Seth meets a number of great colorful characters and with the fine line of his sanity becoming more blurred the journey is a wonderful ride on the dark side!
When I decided to start UKHS one of the main reasons was I had met so many talented people from the UK and I wanted to not only review films BUT also give space for talented UK artists. With this in mind to come across such a talented writer who I knew absolutely nothing about is wonderful, and one must remember that C. William Giles is self published through Authorhouse. So without his persistence then Faustian would not exist, and while I am on the subject – the physical book is a thing of beauty. From the wonderful dark cover of an angel slaying a demon to the remarkable quality of the print and book itself.
A quite remarkable debut and UK horror fiction could have a new favorite son . Keep an eye out for C. William Giles is the future as he is already on his second book. But in the meantime ……..Of Tortured Faustian Slumbers is an absolute MUST READ 9/10
Please support independent artists , remember most authors hold down full or part-time jobs in order for them to continue to write. There is very little money out there and every purchase does help and will mean people like C. William Giles can continue to create wonderful art !
Please check out http://www.cwilliamgiles.com/ for more details and you can buy ……..Of Tortured Faustian Slumbers from Amazon HERE
His second novel, “The Darkness of Strangers” was also self published, through Authorhouse publications on February 13th, 2013.
London in the not too distant future. A place as decadent, deprived & depraved as any other. Corruption & manipulation are rife throughout its corridors of power. Chief manipulator & darkest puppet master of all is Balthazar Reich. A ‘man’ of supreme influence & cunning, a ‘man’ not to be crossed, from within Reich Tower he controls all without most knowing of him or his secrets. Another man stalks the city, fear is seeping through the streets of the great metropolis, the masked man is making his mark in his own sickening way. A Detective is charged with hunting the monster down but the officer has a hidden secret of his own. Elisabeth Ravenscroft heads Project 13, an elite, covert & deeply dark task force charged with ‘obtaining special subjects’. An assassin is about to enter their lives, not just an assassin but an unearthly assassin, with one goal in mind, to end his targets reign of terror & fear, sacrificing his own immortal life if required. All their lives are about to collide with devastating effects for all. Everyone has a darkness, some hide it better than others. Some flaunt & bask in their own darkness. Everyone is a stranger to someone, some are stranger than others. It is time for everyone to either beware or revel in The Darkness Of Strangers.
Darkness Alone by C. William Giles
Ebony Embrace by C. William Giles
Fall from Grace by C. William Giles
Peach by C. William Giles
Suicidal Immortal Part I by C. William Giles
Suicidal Immortal Part II by C. William Giles
Amongst The Tombstones
A gentle giant
Now walks amongst the Tombstones
An angel of his own kind
Eyes of Wonder
An exotic reach
Into the soul on fire in the dead of night
I will hear your written words in my dreams
See your face in the stars
And walk amongst the Tombstones with you.
by Jilly Gibson, in loving memory of our brother. At one now, with the angels.
Jilly G Gibson
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