TIRED HORROR TROPES DEMOLISHED BY EMPOWERED FEMALE LEADS AS DARK ADVENTURE SERIES KICKS OFF WITH THE DEVIL’S TRILL
New Occult Detective Series is a Thrilling Historical Mash-up of Sherlock Holmes and Buffy, the Vampire Slayer
The year 2016 marks the year of the woman at Grey Matter Press with the December release of the first chapter in a fantastical new series of occult adventure novellas featuring a duo of strong female leads created by acclaimed independent author Rhoads Brazos.
“The Ladies Bristol Occult Adventures Series” puts a modern spin on the gothic thriller while breathing new life into the tired old trope of imperiled women in horror and adventure fiction when the first chapter in this throwback series, titled The Devil’s Trill (ISBN: 978-1-940658-75-9), arrives December 13.
Combining elements of black humor with tension-filled scenarios and inventive themes that push the boundaries of standard adventure fiction, The Devil’s Trill puts a new twist on classic terrors of the past while giving rise to a selection of all-new monsters and a duo of engaging female heroines who will inspire a new group of dark fantasy fans for the modern age.
“The Devil’s Trill throws a modern-day nightmare into a time and place where it should run roughshod,” Brazos explains. “When it faces two women it assumes to be demure, they find their true purpose.”
Set in the idyllic countryside of southwestern England at the turn of the 19th Century, “The Ladies Bristol Occult Adventures Series” recounts the exploits of two female friends whose lives become entangled in a series of suspense-filled adventures. Like their fictional male counterparts Detective Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, the highly stylized lead characters of Rhoads Brazos, Sarah Willsboro and Tabitha Tisdall, readily accept the banner of empowered gothic adventuresses as they take readers on a series of preternatural investigations that open doorways into the arcane and mystical realms of the unknown.
“The Devil’s Trill is our first major foray into producing a historical fiction series with an action-fantasy focus that will appeal to a mainstream audience,” said Anthony Rivera, editor and publisher at Grey Matter Press. “The book is both a bawdy thrill ride and an empowering adventure into the world of the macabre that is resonating with a wide range of readers, from those who enjoy the detective mysteries of Arthur Conan Doyle to those who embrace the dark adventures of the Buffy, the Vampire Slayer franchise.”
The first chapter in the series, The Devil’s Trill, fires the opening salvo into the mysterious when a diabolical evil stalks the tranquil enclave of Bristol as childhood friends Sarah and Tabitha become entangled in a treacherous game of cat-and-mouse when they face off against a hellish creature bent on ultimate destruction.
The Devil’s Trill includes a full wrap of an original illustration by UK artist Christopher Rawlins.
THE DEVIL’S TRILL:
The Ladies Bristol Occult Adventures
The second volume in the series, entitled The Madness of Crowds, is planned for release in early 2017.
The Devil’s Trill will be available in trade paperback and all common digital formats on December 13 wherever fine books are sold worldwide. Pre-orders are now being taken at the Grey Matter Press Bookstore.
ABOUT RHOADS BRAZOS:
Rhoads Brazos is an American cross-genre fiction author who lives in Colorado with his wife and son. His fiction has been published in many venues including SQ Mag, Apex Magazine, Pantheon Magazine and a number of anthologies, including his short stories “Omniscopic” in Death’s Realm from Grey Matter Press and “Tread upon the Brittle Shell” in Ellen Datlow’s The Best Horror of the Year Book 7. Learn more about Rhoads Brazos at his Grey Matter Press biography.