Today it’s a time for a bit of the gruesome and scary, the unexplained and unexpected, as we finish off the BlogTour for Cuttin’ Heads by D.A. Watson. Don’t forget to enter the giveaway at the end to win a signed copy of Cuttin’ Heads!
About the Author
Prizewinning author D.A. Watson spent several years working in bars, restaurants and call centres before going back to university with the half-arsed plan of becoming a music teacher. Halfway through his degree at the University of Glasgow, he discovered he was actually better at writing, and unleashed his debut novel, In the Devil’s Name, on an unsuspecting public in the summer of 2012. Plans of a career in education left firmly in the dust, he later gained his masters degree in Creative Writing from the University of Stirling.
He has since published two more novels, The Wolves of Langabhat and Cuttin’ Heads, a handful of non-fiction pieces, several short stories including Durty Diana, which was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2016, and the Burns parody Tam O’ Shatner, which in 2017 came runner up in the Dunedin Robert Burns Poetry Competition, and was a competition winner at the Falkirk Storytelling Festival.
He lives with his family in Western Scotland.
About the book
Aldo Evans is a desperate man. Fired from his job and deeply in debt, he struggles to balance a broken family life with his passion for music. Luce Figura is a troubled woman. A rhythmic perfectionist, she is haunted by childhood trauma and scorned by her religiously devout mother. Ross McArthur is a wiseass. Orphaned as an infant and raised by the state, his interests include game shows, home-grown weed, occasional violence and the bass guitar.
They are Public Alibi. A rock n’ roll band going nowhere fast.
When the sharp-suited, smooth talking producer Gappa Bale offers them a once in a lifetime chance to make their dreams come true, they are caught up in a maelstrom of fame, obsession, music and murder. Soon, Aldo, Luce and Ross must ask themselves: is it really better to burn out than to fade away?
‘Tell me, my friend, have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?’
The band members of Public Alibi get the chance to do so, albeit unknowingly and perhaps not exactly completely of their own free will.
If you were given the chance to fulfil your wildest ambition, would you be willing to make a deal with an ancient evil being to get what you want? Fame, fortune, infamy and the adoration of the people? To do so you would have to forget about everything and everyone important to you though. With that in mind, would you still want to sign on the dotted line?
Aldo, Luce and Ross all have their weaknesses, which makes them vulnerable to the proposition of a record deal presented to them by Gappa Bale. Bale draws them into his web and preys on their inner fears and worst nightmares. At the same time his charming snake tongue speaks to their most intimate desires and deepest emotions. He plays with them like a cat in a room full of confused mice.
Although this is based on the age-old tale of evil vs good and the temptations we tend to succumb to, Watson has infused it with his own brand of menacing wickedness and his in-depth knowledge of music, the world of musicians and instruments. The reader can almost taste the passion, the need and the desire that courses through the veins of dedicated musicians.
It is a compelling tale that makes you wonder how much of it is based on the fictional meanderings of the writer and how much is so close to reality that it bites, just like a sharp intake of breath in a smoky room. It may be horror, but it is also a close uncomfortable look at the lengths some of us will go to, to achieve what they want, even if it’s at the expense of others.
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