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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.
Elliott Rose is the pseudonym I have decided to use for this rather different style of book. Under my real name – Will Davis – I have previously published My Side of the Story, a coming-of-age novel that reviewers compared to J.D. Salinger, Sue Townsend and Little Britain. It went on to win the 2007 Betty Trask Prize. My second, Dream Machine (2009), was about a new reality talent show that combined the worst elements of both The X Factor and Big Brother. My new book, The Trapeze Artist, will be published next year with Bloomsbury.
When I’m not writing, or reviewing books for Attitude magazine, I work and train as an aerialist. I’ve performed in many clubs and theatres in London and the UK (including an event at The Tabernacle for Unbound), and I love to tell stories and use intriguing characters in my acts. My specialties are cord lisse and tissu– acrobatics using a vertically suspended rope or silk. I’m not sure what relationship this bears to my writing, except both take a lot of strength and dedication and promote a certain sense of jeopardy in the audience.
By Elliott Rose
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