Published by Blood Bound Books 2013.
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The cover is by the brilliant Croatian artist Andrej Bartulovic.
The Return is set in Edgebottom, which contains the district of Grudge End, both of which have featured in a number of my stories over the past few years, including Lock-In, The Fragile Mask on His Face, The Worst of all Possible Places, The True Spirit, Old Grudge Ender, and Scrap in Dark Visions 1 from Grey Matter Press). In his review of my collection, His Own Mad Demons, Jim Mcleod (Gingernuts of Horror) wrote: "Robert Rankin has his Brighton, Terry Pratchett has his Discworld, and so David A. Riley has his Edgebottom, and I for one know which of these worlds I would like to take a return trip to."
In Phantasmagoria magazine:
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 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
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.
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"Many years have passed since Elves defeated and killed the last Goblin king. Now the Goblins are growing stronger in their mire, and Mickle Gorestab, one of the few remaining veterans of that war, is determined they will fight once more, this time aided by a renegade Elf who has delved into forbidden sorcery and hates his kind even more than his Goblin allies. Murder, treachery and the darkest of all magics follow in a maelstrom of blood, violence and unexpected alliances. Facing up to the cold cruelty of the Elves, Mickle Gorestab stands out as the epitome of grim, barbaric heroism, determined to see the wrongs of his race avenged and a restoration of the Goblin King."
"Had enough of trying to get your brain round the latest sci-fi epic, chockfull of phantasmagoria? The sort that leaves you, well, frankly confused about what you have just read? Then jump aboard this roller coaster of a tale, firmly grounded in old style fantasy and primarily told from the viewpoint of goblins and elves."
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