"The Platinum Raven and other novellas" by Rohan Quine is a paperback comprising a collection of four novellas - "The Platinum Raven", "The Host in the Attic", "Apricot Eyes" and "Hallucination in Hong Kong" - each novella being also available by itself as an ebook. All four are literary fiction with a touch of magical realism and a dusting of horror, celebrating the darkest and brightest possibilities of human imagination, personality and language.
"The Platinum Raven" by Rohan Quine is a triple convulsion whereby our heroine Raven escalates herself into the Chocolate Raven and then the Platinum Raven, from London to Dubai to the tower in the hills in the desert - then back down again, forever changed. The daydreams of the downtrodden Raven propel her into a fantasy life as a more glamorous version of herself: a party girl living in the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. This latter's imagination then spawns a yet more empowered and intense version of herself, as empress of a sequence of events whose fusion of extraordinary beauty, violence and sensuality is bewitching...
"The Host in the Attic" by Rohan Quine is a hologram of Oscar Wilde's "The Picture of Dorian Gray", digitised and reframed in cinematic style, set in London's Docklands in a few years' time. High-flyer Jaymi discovers a secret novel online called "The Imagination Thief", written by a woman named Alaia; and they meet and fall in love. In his attic he hides the prototype of a new worldwide Web-browsing hologram, for whose appearance he was the model. While this hologram deteriorates into ever more terrifying corruption, Jaymi's appearance remains forever sweet and youthful, despite his escalating evil ... until the inevitable reckoning unfolds.
In "Apricot Eyes" by Rohan Quine, a cat-and-mouse pursuit through the New York City night involves a preacher, a psychic and a dominatrix, broadcast live on air - until a horror is unearthed, bringing two of them together and the third to a sticky end. Beneath a waterfront waste ground in the Bronx, a monstrous population is being fattened up, by the preacher, for malign purposes. Jaymi and Scorpio are on his tracks, however, in a blast of fun that trumpets boldness, tolerance and voltage, celebrating the mystery and dangers furled just behind the surface of the everyday.
In "Hallucination in Hong Kong" by Rohan Quine, sliding from joy to nightmare and back, a plane-flight frames a journey into Jaymi's and Angel's polarised identities and perceptions, where past and present merge in an obsessive fantasy of love, death, horror and apocalyptic beauty. At take-off, warmed by the presence of his friend Angel beside him, Jaymi starts to doze, and enters a fog of horror in seeming to remember that their destination lies in their past, not ahead ... forcing him to explore those hellish possible events lying beneath the surface of our present and future, always ready to break through into reality.
Keywords: Burj Khalifa, Dubai, Hong Kong, London, New York, Oscar Wilde, contemporary, dark fantasy, gay, horror, imagination, literary fiction, magical realism, transgender.
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About the Author
He's now living back in East London, as an Imagination Thief. His novel "The Imagination Thief" is published in paperback, and also as an ebook containing hyperlinks to film and audio and photographic content in conjunction with the novel's text. See http://www.rohanquine.com/press-media/the-imagination-thief-reviews-media for interviews and some nice reviews in "The Guardian" and elsewhere.
Four novellas - "The Platinum Raven", "The Host in the Attic", "Apricot Eyes" and "Hallucination in Hong Kong" - are published as separate ebooks, and also as a single paperback "The Platinum Raven and other novellas". See http://www.rohanquine.com/press-media/the-novellas-reviews-media for interviews and reviews of these.
All five tales are literary fiction with a touch of magical realism and a dusting of horror. They aim to push imagination and language towards their extremes, so as to celebrate the beauty, darkness and mirth of this predicament called life, where we seem to have been dropped without sufficient consultation. They may be read in any order.
His upcoming title will be the Hollywood canyons novel (actual title yet to be confirmed), now barrelling down the pipeline...
He's at http://www.rohanquine.com, http://facebook.com/RohanQuineTheImaginationThief and @RohanQuine.
Table of Contents
THE PLATINUM RAVEN: Raven: 1 A sudden white rabbit. The Chocolate Raven: 2 The most beautiful building in the world, 3 Fronds A to P, 4 Chocolate hair on white silk, 5 The bellow on the rock-slopes. The Platinum Raven: 6 Platinum hair on black silk, 7 Purple and red and yellow and ... on fire, 8 The mad-faced tower in the mountains, 9 The squirly brown windows in the turret, 10 Santa Monica Boulevard, 11 In the arms of the man from the garden of love, 12 The pug among the struts, in the pale blue strait-jacket, 13 Black and rust and ochre over the plain, 14 Slinky-smooth in the mirror mist, 15 Planets hanging heavy, 16 The adventures of the dead girl, 17 A kiss of jagged glass, 18 I see you!, 19 Mirrors in the labyrinth, 20 Analysis of motion through CCTV, 21 The Platinum Raven's message-in-a-bottle, 22 The black and red flower, 23 The point of silver in the dawn, 24 Catch you later! The Chocolate Raven: 25 Electric aliveness and happiness, remembered, 26 Scent of fucked-up dark devouring hunger, 27 Through the Spire to the Pinnacle, 28 Whisper of Scorpio, 29 Flash of Amber in Scorpio, 30 Two Ravens on the freeway. Raven: 31 The hair in the corridor. THE HOST IN THE ATTIC: I Imminent completion of masterpiece, II Portrait captures first corruption, III Addicted to the image, IV First cruelty of addiction, V Portrait infected and shut away, VI Horror beneath glamour, VII ...A decade later, VIII The Furies close in and feign defeat, IX Nemesis. APRICOT EYES: 1 Jaymi's hunt for Scorpio, 2 The black-thighed scorpion, 3 The stalking on the subway train, 4 The girls on West Fourteenth Street, 5 The golden limousine and the sudden hanging legs, 6 Ten screens of eyes in the neon, 7 Phaon and the second like a teardrop, 8 Screeching worms, 9 A lapful of broken glass, 10 A drag-queen drives a tanker, 11 Ecstasy in Hunts Point. HALLUCINATION IN HONG KONG: 1 So here is the horror, to sicken the sun, 2 Love among the spires and the fountains, 3 Oh, my Angel.