Published: 01/04/2013
ISBN: 9781780884875
eISBN: 9781780886473
Format: Paperback/eBook

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Gareth was born in North Wales in 1986 to an unsuspecting middle-aged couple hoping for early retirement. Their hopes were understandably dashed, but their young creation counterbalanced any anxieties... read more

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A Matter of Dark
by Gareth Wiles

‘Tonight at 10, Peter Smith will commit suicide live on TV and you, the viewers at home, can vote for which method he uses.’

The government has legalised assisted dying, and one man is staging the ultimate reality TV show – where the audience get to help him on his way. As the clock ticks down, and those for and against the impending broadcast argue their case, we travel back in time to discover what lead Peter to this terrible point in his life. A list of unsolved murders, suicides and destroyed friendships have been left scattered wherever Peter has set foot.

As we discover a family torn apart by his brief presence in their lives so many years ago, we also see the effect he’s had on one impressionable young man who sticks by him the whole time: Neville. Peter’s biggest fan, and wholehearted believer in the book Peter wrote, Neville treats his idol as a messianic figure. The two are their own worst enemies, finding themselves embarking on a murderous journey to the depths of depravity together with a host of other damaged souls. That one of them, OAP getaway driver Gerty, might finally redeem herself after a lifetime of crime, leaves hope for Peter himself...

This gripping sequel to I Am Dead and Icon’s Request has been inspired by Joseph Conrad, Franz Kafka and Albert Kamus. Gareth also takes inspiration from TV shows like Doctor Who, The Saint and Danger Man. A Matter of Dark will appeal to fans of sci-fi/fantasy fiction who consider how fast the world is moving, both technologically and morally. We’re all naturally fearful of change – but need we be?

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