D.W Haggard’s first collection of stories imbue a sense of unease and psychological tension set in the brooding mists of East Anglia. Harbour masters say they can hear the turn of the tide off the Norfolk coast, with its black onrush over the staithe catching the unwary. The psychic shock that lays in these six stories plumbs the depth of imagination and horror and, like the returning tide, may engulf the reader.
We see ancient Norfolk burial mounds give up their secrets to a London couple in The Tidal Bride.
In The Vortex, a Norwich detective discovers a serial killer and is drawn closer to the coast at Scolt Head, and then further into the horror of Deadman’s Hole.
In The Comedian, Frasier, particle physicist at the University of East Anglia, and Madison, his American advertising executive partner, are searching for different things…they meet the comedian and find something terrifying about each other when their lives appear under the microscope.
Fee Fi Fo Fum…a blond stranger, the Drihten, returns at Midsummer’s Day and offers an unpalatable redemption in The Miller.
Norwich prison gallows are the setting for The Girl that was Death. When your beloved is sentenced to hang…his every breath becomes something to be sipped and savoured.
Cromer is the setting for The Fisherman. Brendan, a priest on a leave of absence, visited by the fisherman, discovers new love and in the horror of realisation finds his own soul being fished.
D.W. Haggard’s stories are among the most harrowing and disturbing of the 21st Century and give a whole new reason for visiting Norfolk.