About the Book
'Hauntingly delicious' – Sunday Post
In a darkening season in a northern city, Daniel, Orla and Tom's lives intersect through a peculiar flatshare and a stolen nineteenth-century diary written by a dashing gentlemen who may not be entirely dead. An interwar-themed Hallowe'en party leads to a series of entanglements; a longed-for sexual encounter, a betrayal, and a reality destroying moment of possession.
As the consequences unfurl, Bitterhall's narrative reveals the ways in which our subjectivity tampers with the notion of an objective reality, and delves into how we represent – and understand – our muddled, haunted selves.
Helen McClory is the author of two story collections, On the Edges of Vision (Queen’s Ferry Press), a winner of the Saltire First Book of the Year award, and Mayhem & Death (404 Ink), as well as a novel, Flesh of the Peach (Freight, 2017). The Goldblum Variations – a collection of experimental micro-fictions – was published by 404 Ink, and Penguin in 2019. Her short stories have been listed for distinction in The Best of British Fantasy (2018), The Best of British and Irish Flash Fictions (2018/19), and nominated for the Pushcart prize. Helen is a part-time lecturer at the University of Glasgow and co-founder of writing retreat Write Toscana.