Seven Terrors by Selvedin Avdic
Some of you might be wondering how we are going to top the fabulous ‘9 Rabbits’ which Istros published in September, and you are right – it is a tough task. But what better way than going for something completely different…just as amazing but in another genre completely. So we move from buoyant feminist memoire to psychological, Gothic ghost story…..from Bulgaira to Bosnia….from a tale of life and love to one of death and destruction!
‘Silence. But it was not a normal silence. This was inhabited. Something was living in it. It had composed itself and was holding its breath….. something, full of anger, hatred.’
After nine months of self-imposed isolation following his wife’s departure, the hero of Seven Terrors finally decides to face his loneliness and join the world once more. However, when the daughter of his old friend Alex appears in his flat one morning with the news that her father has disappeared, he realises that his life is again about to change. As the two search for clues in Alex’s war diary, unearthed in a library in Sweden, they come upon tales of unspeakable horror and mystery: meetings with ghosts, a town under siege, demonic brothers who ride on the wings of war, and many more things so dangerous – and so precious – that they can only be discussed by the dead.
As investigation into Alex’s disappearance continues, readers will be drawn further and further into a surreal world where rationality has vanished, evil spreads like a virus and not even love can offer an escape. While Charon, Hades’ mythical ferryman, can be found behind the wheel of a taxi and dead horses are seen flying across the sky, cracks begin to erode reality and people start to go missing. Here, amidst such chaos, our hero endeavours to cling to his sanity, doing his best to solve the riddle of Alex’s disappearance while attempting to save his own soul and bring love back into his life.