Losing It, published by Tirgearr Publishing, gives an authentic voice to a woman who is detained in a secure hospital. Is she mad? Is she bad? Or did society make her the way she was? This novella follows her attempts to discover the origins of her present illness through meditation, to an inevitable conclusion when a well-meaning doctor opens up old wounds too painful to bear. It gives another point of view in the debate about mental illness, personality disorders and treatment. Besides, I like to give a voice to people whose voices are seldom heard.
Here is an extract from Losing It:
"Trevor unlocks the door and lets me into the room. He keeps the keys. My room. My special room. I look round, remembering it.
Around me in this space are my own comfortable things, the things I chose with Trevor; a cushion, a throw-over, a large beanbag, and the little pink light that glows like the inside of a shell, lighting one corner softly. Here is where I come to meditate, in this rosy light, on this floor, with this beanbag to prop up my spine. The rug is thick and comforting.
I remove my shoes and sit in the posture, spine erect; hands lightly open resting on my thighs. There is a slight scent of calming pot-pourri, mainly lavender. They encouraged me to take up meditation, hoping it might soothe my troubled soul. As it’s unlikely they’ll ever let me leave here, I mostly go along with what they want."
A gripping story which really seems to reflect an understanding of the woman who is incarcerated in a secure hospital. Although the woman did kill her children, I was left feeling she had had no alternative and had behaved entirely rationally. Highly recommended to anyone with a passing interest in matters psychological.
THE POISON GARDEN OF DORELIA JONES
Immanion Press. February 2013
Catalogue Number: IP0113. 244 pages
PRICE: £11.99, $20.99, E14.02
Editor: Storm Constantine
Interior Layout: Storm Constantine
Cover Art: Jack Williams
The garden of Dorelia Jones flourishes with strange poisonous plants – but her mind is as full of poison as her garden. This venom permeates everything she does. About to be made homeless, and disinherited by her mother, Dorelia plots and schemes to ensure her own survival and comfort. A marriage of convenience turns out to be anything but for her unfortunate husband, who has to suffer being ostracised by his family and then haunted by Dorelia’s murdered mother. Even an exorcism fails to rid the house of the wickedness Dorelia has unleashed.
A Gothic fantasy, craftily plotted about parasitic relationships, mushrooms and the power of suggestion.
Dorelia Jones" was really, really different from
anything I have read for ages, perhaps ever,
and I did really find it intriguing."
"Thanks again for a very enjoyable,
THE MARSH PEOPLE
'A dystopian fantasy, The Marsh People is about a time when village people have been rounded up and forced to live and work in inhuman city tower blocks, under the control of The Masters. Although sheltered and fed in the City, there is no freedom or human enjoyment there. One young man decides to escape, taking a neighbour's orphaned child with him. Freedom comes at a cost, however, as they have to fight for their existance on the marshes around the estuary, where two headed carnivorous eels wait to catch the unwary traveller.'