Dying Downwards (2003)
A novella by Jeffrey Thomas
Cover and interior art by Richard Kirk
Introduction by Brian Keene
forces are at work in the seemingly placid countryside of Victorian
England. As his church mysteriously burns and his friends die around
him, Father Alec Venn catches a glimpse of a winged figure outside
one of the stained glass windows. Venn's quest to reveal the source
of the destruction will bring him face to face with ghosts, demons,
and human evil. The boundary between life and death as well as the
limits of faith are tested in this novella of the supernatural by
Available in two limited edition states:
|300 numbered softcover chapbooks, signed
by Jeffrey Thomas
|15 lettered, traycased hardcovers, signed
by Jeffrey Thomas, Brian Keene, and Richard Kirk, and will include
a bonus softcover chapbook housed within the traycase. This
bonus chapbook will contain the story "The Red Spectacles"
the first and only other Father Venn tale will
feature original cover art by Richard Kirk (yep, new art just
for these 15 copies!), and the chapbook will be signed by Thomas
and have a letter matching the hardcover of GODHEAD DYING DOWNWARDS
Jeffrey Thomas and publisher Paul Miller: proud new parents
of a lettered
GODHEAD DYING DOWNWARDS.
"A powerful tale in no frills, staccato, that is as smooth
to read as it is enthralling... [it] will haunt me forever. Five
out of five stars."
"An ingenious and impeccably written tale filled with choice
offerings of the sort relished by devotees of the English ghost
"A strange and subtle tale, beautifully paced and powerfully
told. Eerie, moving, and compelling."
Michael Marshall Smith
"I was hooked from the start. Thomas has the ability to create
a world of dark mystery and magic,draw you into it, and keep you
there till the end. GODHEAD DYING DOWNWARDS is a real treat."
"The moment you read the title of part one - 'The Sheep's
Head' - you know you're in for a meaty treat. GODHEAD DYING DOWNWARDS
is a disturbingly quaint, quaintly blasphemous, blasphemously delightful
Victorian novella. Jeffrey Thomas has outdone himself!"
"Readers will find remarkable empathy for Father Venn - for
who among us has not searched for their purpose, has not longed
for meaning and understanding? Jeffrey Thomas writes with poetic
sincerity; GODHEAD DYING DOWNWARDS is a captivating and compelling
"From the moment I was whisked off to Woodbury Fair with Father
Venn into a rural freak tent to marvel at a particularly unpleasant
sheep's head, I knew I had stumbled onto something special in GODHEAD
DYING DOWNWARDS, an evocative new novella by stylist Jeffrey Thomas
that breathes with dark magic and rustic overtones of a tradional
folktale while tackling themes as cosmic in tone as the potentialities
of evil and good in the human heart. The powers of its beautifully
are not only potent but pertinent."
William P. Simmons
CONGRATS to Terry Tidwell on winning
the GODHEAD contest - he won a set of 3 bound galleys, including
a signed limited edition galley (1 of 5 produced), and a special
softcover signed by all contributors.