An extraordinary imagining of the dark arts in war-torn London from one of the most brilliant literary talents around
April 1945. While the Allied Forces administer the killing blow to Nazi Germany, at home London’s teeming underworld of black marketeers, pimps, prostitutes, conmen and thieves prepare for the coming peace. But the man the newspapers call the English Monster, the self-procaimed Antichrist, Aleister Crowley, is making preparations for the future too: for his immortality.
For Crowley’s plan to work, he has to depend upon one of London’s Most Wanted, ambitious gangland boss Tommy Fowler, who, presiding over a crumbling empire, can still get you anything you want - for a price.
And what Crowley wants is a young man, Peter Tait, in Pentonville Prison under sentence of death for murder. Convinced of his innocence but unable to prove it, his only chance of survival lies in the hands of one detective struggling against the odds to win a desperate appeal that has little chance of success.
The Monster’s Lament is an extraordinary journey through a ruined landscape towards an ending more terrible and all-consuming than any of its participants can have imagined. When you’re used to fighting monsters abroad, it is easy to overlook the monsters closer to home…
“A wonderfully edgy piece of wartime noir”
D.J. Taylor, Independent
“Macabre twists keep the pages turning”
James Urquhart, Financial Times
“A masterly, highly evocative, multi-layered tale”
Mail on Sunday (Eire)
“Edric's world, though often unsavoury, is also curiously compelling. Lured into its shady precincts, you're unlikely to want to leave.”
David Grylls, Sunday Times
“A darkly disturbing novel”
Hull Daily Mail
“A connoisseur of shadows, Edric is excellent on what is truly "devilish" in human beings”
The Sunday Times
“Edric is a novelist who makes his own rules and can't be compared with anyone else. The world he has made in this unsettling novel is both familiar and deeply weird; there's a genuine sense of menace beneath the hysteria and superstition”
“Another brilliant offering from Edric”
“An intriguing scenario which Edric develops with polish and intelligence, immersing himself in small-town Edwardian England”