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After Billy Reeves had survived a poverty ridden and violent childhood on a council estate in Newcastle he thought he had it all; a loving family, money and respect but a face from the past with a point to prove and muscles to flex is out to bring his world crashing down on him. After turning down the offer of a job with Tyneside's most paranoid and psychotic gang lord he's faced with bent police, a corrupt judge, an army of bouncers and the knowledge that if he makes one wrong move in this game of cat and mouse his family will end up imprisoned, abused or worse. Billy is going to have to work very hard just to keep everyone he cares about alive and that means the gloves are coming off...
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Two disfigured siblings are torn from their beds at night by The Government and transported into an isolated stronghold, hidden in the deepest and most hostile parts of Siberia.
Friendships will be formed and loyalties tested as the siblings struggle to locate one another, but tragedy lurks within the stronghold and blood relation does not always mean family. Destinies are interwoven and fates collide in this explosive novella from Erik Hofstatter, author of the acclaimed Moribund Tales.
"With The Pariahs, Erik Hofstatter has created a stark and chilling vision of a radiation-damaged world and the unfortunate heirs to it. His straightforward, unflinching prose does not shy away from brutality, examining dichotomies of strength and weakness, beauty and ugliness, and the things that truly matter when everything is taken away." ~ Mary SanGiovanni, A Bram Stoker Award nominee
"The Pariahs is a suspenseful, darkly profound meditation on the lesser and greater inhumanities we all suffer and perpetuate on each other every day." - Horror News Network
Almost a year on from fleeing the city of Chicago, accused of a spate of grisly killings, Josh Sawyer has crossed the American border, taking refuge in a small, unknown Mexican town. Hiding from the US authorities, his place of sanctuary quickly turns desperate, as it becomes apparent that this place is harbouring a dark secret of its own.
Meanwhile, at the furthest tip of the northern hemisphere, FBI Agent Sebastian Fernandez is posted to Alaska, his special talents required in helping the citizens of Fairbanks to find a ruthless killer, drawn there by an almost perpetual darkness.
Only one person can help both Josh and Agent Fernandez. Someone with the ability to understand how the living psyche can become twisted and immoral. Able to think how killers think. Yet, more importantly, kill how they kill.
992AD — Northern Russia.
A time of darkness is upon the world - evil has fixed its roots within the blood-soaked earth,
spreading like a malignant disease.
Men from the northlands - Norsemen - have brought a deeper horror to this place, an immortal
being named Ragnar, responsible for enslaving the motherland's people behind walls and battlements.
Holding them with intentions of unspeakable purpose.
A small band of warriors are all that stands between the fate of these enslaved people and their captors.
Here at busybeebookcovers.com we truly believe in the power of a good book cover. A book cover's first job is, of course, to attract a reader. It should be eye catching, stopping your potential reader in their path to ponder what secrets your book might hold within. It should be artistic, after-all your writing is an art you’re passionate about and your book cover should reflect that. We believe the greatest book covers not only meet these criteria but exceed them, telling the story of the book with one glance. Here are our favourite book covers that do just that.
Psycho – Robert Bloch
This truly chilling cover not only hints at the fractured nature of its main character Norman Bate’s psychological disturbance, but it also suggestions the violence he perpetrates whilst believing he is his own possessive mother. It does all this with one simple slash through the main body of the title.
Lord of the flies – William Golding
A chaotic green jungle that looks as if it might have been drawn by a school boy, the cover of the iconic book Lord of the Flies is a perfect tribute to the novel. In the foreground of the cover the different groups of boys are represented, with some boys’ depicted setting about their own business whilst other “biguns” troupe along hand in hand with the “littluns.”
Loneliness - John T. Cacioppo & William Patrick
A demonstration of pure genius how the dot of the i is isolated from the rest of the letters. From the solid black writing juxtaposed against the white background to the black outline box drawing a line of separation around the whole book, this covers screams out the theme of the book.
The curious case of Benjamin Button - F.Scott Fitzgerald
The Penguin Classics version of this cover tells the interesting, surreal, sad and happy story of the enigma that is Benjamin Button. The image, a simple black silhouette of an old-fashioned perambulator with the legs of an old man protruding from the basket, is symbolic of everything a reader can take from the story. Its birth and death, old and young but most importantly and as symbolised by the pram – it’s about the journey.
Jaws - Peter Benchley
The deep black ocean of the background, the bone coloured title above the blood-red writing, the unsuspecting swimmer about to be consumed by the enormous beast from below. Need we say more about this cover depicting the tale of man’s most primal predator?