Theatre of Curious Acts by HWA Member Cate Gardner
Author: Cate Gardner
Daniel Cole wants the world to end.
Returned home from the Great War, his parents and brother in their graves, Daniel walks a ghost world. When players in a theatre show lure Daniel and his friends, fellow soldiers, into a surreal otherworld they find themselves trapped on an apocalyptic path. A pirate ship, helmed by Death, waits to ferry some of them to the end of the world.
Already broken by war, these men are now the world’s only hope in the greatest battle of all.
“Gardner (Strange Men in Pinstripe Suits), a rising purveyor of high literary strangeness, offers a fresh slice of phantasmagoria densely packed with striking images…” Publishers Weekly
“This book is amazing, Cate’s writing is intelligent, lyrical, emotional. evocative and totally engaging…” Jim McLeod, Ginger Nuts of Horror
“The aesthetic of this 40,000 word novella evokes theater and circuses and other strange, false places that tell true stories. It s a cross between Gaiman s Neverwear, Maguire s Wicked and Vonnegut s Slaughterhouse-Five, and if you enjoy any of those, you will enjoy the Theatre of Curious Acts.” Caroline E Willis, Tangent Online
Publisher: Hadley Rille Books
Release Date: December 21st 2011