Troubador A Matter of Dark

Released: 01/04/2013

ISBN: 9781780884875

eISBN: 9781780886473

Format: Paperback/eBook

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‘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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Gareth Wiles

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 of prolonged hardship by demonstrating a keen interest in gardening. He was soon set to work on the land.

The chance gift of a pencil (he wasn’t allowed a pen because his handwriting was so bad) and pad of paper encouraged the boy to retreat into his own fantasy world where he could create people and places that his own surroundings could not offer. As time progressed, so too did his desire to expand this fantasy world.

Back in the real world this writing was, by the adults around him, translated into an interest in English literature and to some extent Gareth, progressing into adulthood, accepted this. And whilst the land he worked on in the garden remained arid, the world in his mind grew plentiful fruit… though oddly the fruit remained rather bitter.

Suddenly finding himself studying English at University, Gareth sought to get several things off his chest. This culminated in him writing and starring in a sci-fi radio series for Calon FM and letting off steam as a member in a band (lasting about as long as Peter Frampton’s stint in Humble Pie, but with absolutely none of the success).

Furthering the vain attempt at a linking narrative to this biography, Gareth found himself led up the garden path and joined a local Horticultural charity. Becoming first Press Officer, and now Secretary, he greatly enjoys not only dealing with the day to day running of things but writing the wry quarterly newsletter.

A budding jack of all trades, that boy is now, in the eyes of the law at least, a man and is writing a biography about himself in third person in order to attempt to elicit interest in both himself and his work. Failure is, of course, the likely outcome of such a venture.

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