The Unusual Possession of Alastair Stubb: A Gothic Tale

The Unusual Possession of Alastair Stubb: A Gothic Tale

by David Griffin


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The turn of the last century and Theodore Stubbs' manor house resides in the quirky village of Muchmarsh. A renowned entomologist, he is often within the attic adding another exotic specimen to his extensive collection of insects. But Theodore is also a master hypnotist, holding the household in thrall to his every whim. Theodore's daughter-in-law Eleanor returned from the sanatorium two months before is a haunted figure, believing that her stillborn child Alastair lives and hides in the shadows. Then she falls pregnant again, but this time by the hypnotic coercion and wicked ravishment of Theodore. A dreadful act begets terrible secrets, and thirteen years later the boy Alastair Stubb begins to lose his identity. It is not long before mystery, intrigue and murder follow gleefully in his wake. The Unusual Possession of Alastair Stubb is a gothic terror of the highest order, delivering a dream-like and hallucinatory reading experience that promises to reveal secrets both disturbing and astonishing. Do you dare meet the Stubbs?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781910692349
Publisher: Urbane Publications
Publication date: 05/02/2016
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.80(h) x 2.90(d)

About the Author

David Griffin
David John Griffin is a writer, graphic designer and app designer, and lives in a small town by the Thames in Kent, UK with his wife Susan and two dogs called Bullseye and Jimbo. He is currently working on the first draft of a third novel as well as writing short stories for a novel-length collection. His first novel published by Urbane Publications in October 2015 is called The Unusual Possession of Alastair Stubb. The second is a literary/psychological novel, entitled Infinite Rooms. He has independently-published a magical realism/paranormal novella called Two Dogs At The One Dog Inn. One of his short stories was shortlisted for The HG Wells Short Story competition 2012 and published in an anthology.

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The Unusual Possession of Alastair Stubb: A Gothic Tale 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
SmithFamilyInEngland More than 1 year ago
"The Unusual Possession of Alastair Stubb" written by the author of "Two Dogs at the One Dog Inn" is a very unusual read indeed, quirky, bizarre but also intriguing, entertaining and quite addictive! This gothic tale set in the fictional village of Muchmarsh is so descriptively told, with some wonderfully unique characters all with such imaginative names e.g. Dr Snippet, Mr Nuckle, Colonel Midwitty, Mrs Musty and so on. This intriguing story is quite reminiscent of the works of Charles Dickens and could easily be compared with the classics of that time. I love this time period and feel very comfortable reading books set in this era. I believe the author has done a great job in creating the right atmosphere and authentic dialogue befitting the time. Admittedly this book may not be to everyone's taste but if you enjoy quirky tales of secrets, murder, mystery and intrigue set in a gothic time period then it's definitely a one for you. Such a refreshing change to the many run of the mill mystery books. I personally preferred the first half of the book but the second half set thirteen years later focuses on the 'possession' of Alastair and it's here that this rich story fully comes together. All in all it's a fun read, at times creepy and surreal but highly enjoyable and I would happily recommend this book and the author David John Griffin. On an extra note the book also has a fabulous design, I spent a long time studying the interesting gloss printed insects on the front cover - it really created the perfect ambience for the story. An excellent 4 stars!
eternalised More than 1 year ago
A gripping gothic horror centered around the Stubb family, who reminded me of the Adams family. The writing is reminiscent of turn-of-the-century writing, and provides an atmospheric, eerie vibe to the book. The story was very intriguing and I loved the weirdness. I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review.