Demonica is about a beautiful spoilt girl who loses her face in a motorcycle accident, which changes her life forever.
For a long time I’ve wanted to write something totally different to my other books – something dark and insidious. I’ve always been drawn to the work of Angela Carter and Daphne du Maurier, and with Demonica I want to continue their tradition of telling beautiful yet unsettling stories.
My favourite Angela Carter book is The Bloody Chamber. Like that brilliant anthology, Demonica will take inspiration from fairy tales. One of the common themes of fairy tales is the relationship between the ugly old witch and the burgeoning young maiden – Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and Cinderella to name a few. Society has no place for the older woman, fairy tales inform us, and so she must scheme and plot to retain her place in the world. The relationship of Miranda and her mother will be integral to Demonica.
Ultimately Demonica will focus on an extraordinary young woman with a terrible choice ahead of her – a choice that leads her into a nightmarish world and threatens to cost her very soul. I’d better not say any more…
I believe it’s a story that will appeal to fans of classic, well-crafted literary horror, and I really hope you’ll join me on this dark and deviant journey into the unknown.
My name was Miranda, which I loved. At school that year we studied The Tempest and I remember feeling proud because I had the same name as Prospero’s daughter. About the only time I ever paid attention in class.
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