Orbit has released Brian Ruckley’s gothic horror novel, The Edinburgh Dead, in a paperback edition.

Referring to Edinburgh, Ruckley says in a guest post on SFX, “I love the place, but not just for its beauty and summer, arty energy; I like its age, too, and the dark, complicated texture of its history. That was the aspect of the city that inspired my latest novel, The Edinburgh Dead, a dark and horrific fantasy. Perhaps the happy hordes of Festival-goers don’t know just how close to the surface some of the darkness is, and how many signs of it are all around them…”

Description: Edinburgh: 1828

In the starkly-lit operating theaters of the city, grisly experiments are being carried out on corpses in the name of medical science. But elsewhere, there are those experimenting with more sinister forces.

Amongst the crowded, sprawling tenements of the labyrinthine Old Town, a body is found, its neck torn to pieces. Charged with investigating the murder is Adam Quire, Officer of the newly-formed Edinburgh Police. The trail will lead him into the deepest reaches of the city’s criminal underclass, and to the highest echelons of the filthy rich.

Soon Quire will discover that a darkness is crawling through this city of enlightenment – and no one is safe from its corruption.

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