The Vorrh

The Vorrh: Book One in the Vorrh Trilogy

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction, Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror , Science Fiction & Fantasy
Paperback Published on: 02/06/2016
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The Vorrh
A dazzling phantasmagoria with history at its heart
It’s tempting to describe The Vorrh as psychedelic or nightmarish, but its genius is probably that it isn’t really either. For all its bizarre, frightenin... READ MORE
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He knew that he had invented everything in his and their lives and maybe elsewhere in the world. Sometimes he thought he had dreamt reality itself. Dreamt it outside of sleep, which now eluded him continually. Beyond the colonial city of Essenwald lies the Vorrh, a forest, older than mankind, the origin of everything (or so men say) which sucks souls and wipes minds. There, a writer heads out on a giddy mission to experience otherness, fallen angels observe humanity from afar, and two hunters - one carrying a bow carved from his lover, the other a charmed Lee-Enfield rifle - fight to the end. Thousands of miles away, famed photographer Eadweard Muybridge attempts to capture the ultimate truth, as rifle heiress Sarah Winchester erects a house to protect her from the spirits of her gun's victims. In the tradition of China Mieville, Michael Moorcock and Alasdair Gray, B. Catling's The Vorrh is literary dark fantasy which wilfully ignores boundaries, crossing over into surrealism, magic-realism, horror and steampunk. In B. Catling's twisting, poetic narrative, Bakelite robots lie broken - their hard shells cracked by human desire - and an inquisitive Cyclops waits for his keeper and guardian, growing in all directions. ‘In The Vorrh we have one of the most original and stunning works of fantasy that has ever been my privilege to read… Caitling’s stupefying work provides both viable alternatives and meaningful escape into its tropic possibilities.                It offers us a welcome to the wilderness.’ – Alan Moore ‘Like an early Ballard novel, The Vorrh does not promote exoticism for its own sake yet is full of wonderful, telling imagery and a strong sense of resolution. For all its page-turning story, it is a poet’s novel, a serious piece of writing. I understand there are to be two sequels. I can barely wait to read the next one.’ – The Guardian

  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
  • ISBN: 9781473606630
  • Number of pages: 512
  • Weight: 355g
  • Dimensions: 198 x 128 x 36 mm

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