Beast In The Basement by Jason Arnopp
In a big house in the English countryside, a reclusive and increasingly unstable author toils over a book which will close the best-selling trilogy of Jade Nexus fantasy novels.
Speculation and rumour are rife among hardcore Jade Nexus fans that their heroine will die at the hotly-anticipated novel’s conclusion – a possibility against which they have begun to loudly protest via social media as the release date nears.
How do you deal with such intense pressure? How do you cope with distractions to your work such as a violent intruder, panicked messages from your agent and a potential love interest moving into the cottage across the field? And far worse than any of those problems… what do you do about the Beast in your basement?
Occasionally I like to throw caution to the wind and take a chance when it comes to my reading. I have a long list of authors whose work I enjoy, but I am always on the look out for new names to add. One of the best ways I’ve found to indulge this devil may care attitude is with short fiction and novellas. Its low risk, has a quick turnaround and every so often you’ll come across a name that’s new to you and whose writing you know you’re going to enjoy.
At first glance Beast In The Basement appears to fall into the traditional man versus monster horror tale; don’t be fooled, it’s not. Unfortunately, that’s all I can tell you, for fear of spoiling the surprise…..
Ohh alright. A bit more then, but like I said no spoilers.
Very quickly, you get a sense that something is not quite right. Yes, there is no denying that the main protagonist has plenty of everyday stresses in their life, manuscripts to deliver and all that, but there is also the suggestion of something far more insidious going on. Like all the best psychological horror there is feeling that everything is slightly off kilter.
Beast in the Basement is the rarest of things, a story that manages to keep you guessing right up until the end. Arnopp obviously delights in messing with his readership’s heads. Just when I thought I had a handle on what was happening and started to suspect where things where going, another literary curve ball smashed into my unsuspecting brain. I really can’t get enough of writing like this. It’s always a delight to have my expectations exceeded so spectacularly. I’ve read a lot of horror over the years and my absolute favourites are the stories that are believable, contain genuinely unexpected moments and ultimately make you pause for thought. Arnopp manages to skillfully meet all these requirements and then some. Well worth checking out, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.
Beast In The Basement is published by Retribution Books and is available for Kindle now.
"I reached a certain moment and wanted to stop and applaud my Kindle. On a tube train" – SEBASTIAN PATRICK, journalist and writer/editor of the official RED DWARF site
"When the biggest turn in the story occurred, I actually exclaimed (out loud with great exuberance), "Holy ****, that is so ******* clever" – MICH MASOCH, CHS REGIME
"I can't get enough of writing like this" – PABLO CHEESECAKE, THE ELOQUENT PAGE
"Will leave its mark on the reader long after the last page" – CHRIS LIMB, THE BRITISH FANTASY SOCIETY
In a big house in the countryside, a recently bereaved and increasingly unstable author toils over a novel which will close the best-selling trilogy of Jade Nexus fantasy books.
Speculation and rumour are rife among hardcore Jade Nexus fans that their heroine will die at the novel’s conclusion - a possibility against which they loudly protest via social media as the release date nears.
How do you deal with grief, under such intense pressure? How do you cope with distractions from your work such as a violent intruder, panicked messages from your agent and a potential love interest moving into the cottage across the field? And far worse than any of those problems... what do you do about the Beast in your basement?
BEAST IN THE BASEMENT is a contemporary horror-thriller novella about obsession, revenge, censorship, blame culture and personal responsibility. A dark tale with a kick like a mule.
Read it fast before someone spoilers you!
Author JASON ARNOPP's previous credits include the feature film STORMHOUSE, DOCTOR WHO: THE GEMINI CONTAGION, THE SARAH JANE ADVENTURES: DEADLY DOWNLOAD and the New Line Cinema novel FRIDAY THE 13TH: HATE-KILL-REPEAT. He is also the author of terrifying Kindle ghost story A SINCERE WARNING ABOUT THE ENTITY IN YOUR HOME and non-fiction Kindle book HOW TO INTERVIEW DOCTOR WHO, OZZY OSBOURNE AND EVERYONE ELSE.
Parental advice: this novella features strong bloody violence, profanity and some sexual scenes. Not recommended for minors.
PRAISE FOR THIS NOVELLA:
"This is enormous spooky fun and reads like lightning!" – JENNY COLGAN, author of THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE DUMPED, MEET ME AT THE CUPCAKE CAFE and DOCTOR WHO: DARK HORIZONS (as JT COLGAN)
“This short sharp shock of weird horror cuts right to the quick. Writing about writers is tricky, but Arnopp handles it with beastly aplomb” – CHUCK WENDIG, author of BLACKBIRDS, MOCKINGBIRD and DOUBLE DEAD
“Jason Arnopp snares his poor readers using inch-perfect plotting and compulsive suspense so that, once they're hooked, he can inflict his own dark brand of please-no horror on their unprepared psyches. BEAST IN THE BASEMENT is highly recommended for anyone who doesn’t realise how much an author can love and hate his readers at the same time. Hell’s teeth, what's the matter with the man?” – JMR HIGGS, author of THE BRANDY OF THE DAMNED and I HAVE AMERICA SURROUNDED: THE LIFE OF TIMOTHY LEARY
"BEAST IN THE BASEMENT is the rarest of things, a story that manages to keep you guessing right up until the end. Arnopp obviously delights in messing with his readership’s heads... I really can’t get enough of writing like this" – PABLO CHEESECAKE, THE ELOQUENT PAGE
"It’s a clever, intimate and sometimes oppressive tale and Arnopp takes us deep into the dark recesses of his lead character’s tormented mind as he rushes from pitiful hopelessness to elation via an unhealthy dose of desperation" – STARBURST MAGAZINE
"The suspense is palpable and almost cinematic at times, the descriptions of some scenes painting themselves on the mind’s eye with HD clarity. This is a taut tale of the some of the worst excesses of human paranoia that will leave its mark on the reader long after they have finished the last page" – CHRIS LIMB, THE BRITISH FANTASY SOCIETY