Originally titled Sendings, this was being serialised in Rog Pile's magazine Filthy Creations.
Unfortunately, the magazine ceased to appear after only two installments of Sendings had been published, so I have now decided to publish it under the Parallel Universe Publications imprint, renamed Moloch's Children.
Ian Hunter reviewed Moloch's Children for the British Fantasy Society:
Moloch’s Children by David Riley, Parallel Universe Publications £9.99
Reviewed by Ian Hunter
This is my kind of book, only 213
pages long with a prologue and epilogue and 36 chapters in between,
evidence of how fast-paced a novel “Moloch’s Children” is; in a tale
that reminded me of the works of Dennis Wheatley, Ramsay Campbell and
Richard Matheson; although it’s not as “quiet” as these last two
writers. In his short fiction, Riley has never been one to shirk away
from bloody horror and he doesn’t here.
The novel centres around Elm Tree
House and its surrounding grounds. It is an abandoned place that has a
dark reputation, one of those “You don’t want to go there” places so
prevalent in horror fiction and film, but local poacher, Teb, doesn’t
have a choice and what he sees there will change his life forever. Cue
the appearance of novelist, Oliver Atcheson, who is recovering from the
death of his wife and his own nervous breakdown. The house and the
grounds seem the ideal place for an artist’s retreat, even though the
locals wouldn’t go near it, but why does it have such a fearsome
reputation and what are those strange brass feet that have been
discovered in the cellar? Perhaps all will be revealed to the painters,
poets and sculptors who have taken up residence there, or it will be
revealed by a local historian who knows all about the medieval monastery
built on the original site which was put to the torch while all the
so-called devil-worshipping monks were hanged in the nearby woods and
the Abbot was hung, drawn and quartered in the village square, and what
was left of him was left hanging in a cage in the village as a warning
to others before those remains mysteriously vanished.
It’s good vs evil, but who will win,
and what will be left of them, in terms of mind and body, and perhaps,
even soul? Read “Moloch’s Children” and find out.
Demant (demonik) has published a serialised review of my horror novel,
Moloch's Children, on the Vault of Evil website: "I greatly enjoyed the
Grudge End novel, The Return but Moloch's Children is, if anything, more
of a Vault Mk I novel. Despite the mid-nineties setting this is very
much a 'sixties "Good versus Evil" throwback, generous with the horrors
(supernatural or otherwise) and capture-escape cliffhangers, although
Dennis Wheatley would sooner have joined the Transport & General
Workers Union than conclude one of his black novels on so pessimistic a
note. Bad things happen to essentially sympathetic people in Riley
books, and, as Professor Krakowsky ultimately discovers, sometimes the
only choice comes down to the lesser of two terrible evils."
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