By George Ebey
AJ Davidson brings us a tale of horror in his latest book, STALK KILL HOWL.
Northern Ireland, 1981. Having survived the bloodiest years of the Troubles during the ’70s, the people of Northern Ireland pray that the ’80s will bring better times. The Newry Criminal Investigation Department welcomes a new detective inspector, but Harry Reid has little idea of the fresh horror he and his Royal Ulster Constabulary police force colleagues will be forced to confront. Paramilitaries are being targeted by a new type of vigilante: a ferocious killer more wolf than human. Harry’s determination to end the wolf-man’s murderous spree means putting his life on the line by working with one of his most dangerous adversaries. The scope of Harry’s obsession encompasses the killing grounds of South Armagh, the Ukraine, and the Falklands, eventually reaching a bloody conclusion after more than 30 years.
The Big Thrill recently caught up with Davidson to learn more about this terrifying new story.
Which took shape first: plot, character, or setting?
[The book is] largely autobiographical, based on my experiences growing up in South Armagh during the Troubles.
What attracts you to this book’s genre?
[It’s] my first horror book. South Armagh during the Troubles was a real horror story, and I wanted to reflect that time.
No spoilers, but what can you tell us about your book that we won’t find in the jacket copy or the PR material?
Most of the events in the book are based on real events.
AJ Davidson is a traditionally published author and playwright, who, in Spring 2010, made the switch to Indie. He is keen to explore the potential of a rapidly changing publishing world, and is enjoying the closer contact with his readers that e-books afford.
AJ has a degree in social anthropology. Married for 32 years, he has two children, a Harrier hound and a cat called Dusty.
Not one for staying long in the same place, AJ has lived in many countries across several continents. He has worked as a pea washer, crane driver, restaurateur, and scriptwriter.
To learn more about the author and his work, please visit him on GoodReads.