Samhain Publishing has released Frazer Lee’s The Lamplighters in a digital edition for only $5.50. The trade paperback edition will be released February 7th for $15.00.
Description: Life on Meditrine Island is luxurious … but brief.
Marla Neuborn has found the best post-grad job in the world – as a ‘Lamplighter’ working on Meditrine Island, an exclusive idyllic paradise owned and operated by a consortium of billionaires. All Lamplighters have to do is tend to the mansions, cook and clean, and turn on lights to make it appear the owners are home. But the job comes with conditions. Marla will not know the exact location of the island, and she will have no contact with the outside world for the duration of her stay.
Once on the island, Marla quickly learns the billionaire lifestyle is not all it is made out to be. The chief of security rules Meditrine with an iron fist. His private police force patrols the shores night and day, and CCTV cameras watch the Lamplighters relentlessly. Soon Marla will also discover first-hand that the island hides a terrible secret. She’ll meet the resident known as the Skin Mechanic. And she’ll find out why so few Lamplighters ever leave the island alive.
“In my novel the ‘lamplighters’ are essentially caretakers,” says Lee. “Lucky young people hired by a consortium of billionaires to look after their glamorous island homes. It’s a dream job because all they have to do is turn on a few lights (hence the name) and cook and clean in order for the rich employers to maintain their residency status (and tax breaks). If the concept of a lamplighter sounds far fetched, I assure you these people really exist in places such as Monaco where the super-rich go out to play. And while I was working on the novel, a news story broke about a contest looking for a caretaker to look after a lush tropical island, proving fact is often stranger than fiction! New hire Marla Neuborn can’t believe her luck when she gets one of the rare positions as a lamplighter, but is in for a series of grim shocks as she uncovers the terrifying mystery surrounding the island’s other inhabitant: The Skin Mechanic.”
About The Author: Frazer Lee is writer/director of the award-winning horror films On Edge and Red Lines (both starring Doug ‘Pinhead’ Bradley) and is screenwriter of short Simone and horror/thriller feature film Panic Button. His short fiction has appeared in anthologies such as the acclaimed Read By Dawn series.
Check it out on Amazon: The Lamplighters