Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – The Sunday Interview – Getting to Know author Audrey Driscoll


This week my guest is Canadian author Audrey Driscoll who shares the contents of her purse, her phobia, love of Tofino and how she would love to be invisible for a day….

First a little bit about Audrey Driscoll

I grew up reading books, and became interested in making stories myself. I worked out scenes and bits of dialogue, and made my friends act out little dramas based on my favourite book at the time – Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book.

With that background, it was inevitable I would become a writer. It just took a while. After establishing a career as a librarian – first at the University of Saskatchewan and then at the Greater Victoria Public Library in British Columbia – I had a meaningful encounter with H.P. Lovecraft’s character Herbert West.

Strangely fascinated by HPL’s corpse-reanimating physician and his friend the nameless narrator, I built a set of stories around them. In 2000, I was compelled to write them down. The result was The Friendship of Mortals and three more novels, which constitute the Herbert West Series. Self-publishing became respectable and relatively easy just in time to rescue me from the sad fate of the Unpublished Writer.

Reluctant to abandon the characters I had spent so much time with, I wrote and recently published several short stories as supplements to the Herbert West Series. I am currently at work on a sequel to the series.

My other interest is gardening a patch of earth on southern Vancouver Island. I post about that at least as often as I do about books and writing — with pictures! To me, writing and gardening are forms of alchemy — a mysterious process of creating excellence from the chaos of the world.

Time to find out what questions Audrey has selected to respond to…..

Welcome Audrey and perhaps you could begin by telling us what are the five things that you would always find in your handbag or briefcase?

Well, let’s have a look… Aside from the obvious, such as wallet, keys, and phone, I always have the following:

One. My Laguiole knife.  It’s an elegant folding knife made in France. You never know when you might need to slice an apple, cut a string, or… deal with an awkward situation.

Image https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Laguiole_knife

Two. A bright red shopping bag that, rolled up, is no bigger than a hot cross bun. Now that plastic bags are banned where I live (a move I agree with), it’s come in handy on many a sudden shopping occasion.

Three. A tiny flashlight. Everyone knows you need a light in dark places.

Four. A piece of string. Well, actually it’s a boot lace, but it can do anything a string can. This is another of those “You never know” items.

Five. A notebook and pen, for writing down brilliant ideas. Of course, they’re never as brilliant as the ones that get away.

What was the one thing you could never learn to do no matter how hard you tried?

I’ve never managed to learn to swim properly, despite taking lessons several times. I can float, tread water, and execute a half-decent back stroke and breast stroke. I can’t for the life of me do the crawl. Sticking my face into the water to exhale just feels wrong. I end up holding my breath, which kind of limits endurance. For the most part this hasn’t been a problem. We live a short walk from a nice beach, but the water is almost always too cold for swimming, and I have to admit I’m not keen on swimming pools. You just never know what’s in that water.

Sally: Perhaps these guys might persuade you to change your mind about swimming pools Audrey

Where is your favourite holiday destination and why?

For relaxation-type holidays (as distinct from challenging ones), my number one choice is Tofino, on the west coast of Vancouver Island. It’s a half-day’s drive from Victoria, where I live, but getting there feels like a journey rather than a mere trip. You travel from the built-up, suburbanized east coast of the island, over its rocky spine, into what’s left of the temperate rainforest with clear, fast-running rivers and streams, and finally to the long beaches on the fringe of the world. The town has all the amenities you need, but the feeling of having reached the end of the road pervades the place. Many people have come for a visit and stayed forever. Whether you like surfing, kayaking, or just walking the beaches and watching the endless waves, it’s a wonderful, spiritually renewing place. Many WordPress bloggers get to enjoy photos of its birds, wildlife and scenery through Wayne’s blog, Welcome to Tofino

Sally: I have long been a fan of Wayne Barnes and his stunning photography and Tofino is on our list of ‘Must See’ places… here is a short promotional film by Tracker Productions

Do you have a phobia and do you remember how it started?

I’m not sure this is an actual phobia, but I have an irrational and uncontrollable fear of being in a sailboat that’s heeling over. This is a natural and expected behaviour of sailboats when sailing close to the wind. You really can’t sail without experiencing it. Most people think it’s great fun when the boat tilts at 20 or 30 degrees, water washes over the bow, the rigging clangs, and the wind screams. Me? I’m clinging to handholds and praying to get back to shore. This was a real disappointment, because after reading Arthur Ransome’s Swallows and Amazons books I thought sailing would be wonderful. My terror definitely put a crimp in several sailing expeditions, until I gave up and declared myself a landlubber by nature.

If you were to become invisible for a day, what is the one thing you would do?

Spy on people, what else? I’d mingle with crowds, people-watching and eavesdropping, without being suspected of creepiness. In my trusty notebook (which would, I hope, share my invisibility), I would record impressions and snippets of conversations for future writing projects. I’m thinking outdoor venues would be best, to avoid awkward collisions. And unless I could be certain the invisibility would last for the entire day, I’d have to be ready to look uninterested in case I suddenly popped into view. In fact, this scenario in itself might make a good story!

Books by Audrey Driscoll

About She Who Comes Forth

The novel is a standalone sequel to the Herbert West Series. Readers who enjoy a combination of realistic adventure and supernatural elements in an exotic setting — Luxor, Egypt and the Theban Necropolis — may wish to have a look.

October 1962. The developing nuclear missile crisis in Cuba is of no concern to Francesca “France” Leighton. Recently turned 21, France travels from her home in Providence to a job at an archaeological dig in Luxor, Egypt. She takes with her two legacies—an emerald ring from the grandfather she never knew, and an antique cello from his friend, a man she loved like a grandfather.

The dig disappoints. France is relegated to sorting chunks of stone, the dig’s director makes unwanted advances; rivalries and mistrust are everywhere. And it’s too darn hot! Tasked with playing her cello at a gathering of archaeologists, France meets the enigmatic and fascinating nuclear physicist Adam Dexter. She’s smitten, especially when he promises to show her the secrets of Egypt, including a hitherto undiscovered tomb.

After a risky balloon cruise ends in a crash landing, France is forced to leave the dig. Despite warnings against solo explorations on the west bank, she finds herself with Adam Dexter in an eerie house near the Theban Necropolis. Adam’s promises are alluring, but he is both more and less than he seems and his motivations are disturbing. Fleeing his house, France makes a horrifying discovery.

Through an image of Osiris, France discovers the true reason for her presence in the Theban Necropolis. As the world teeters on the brink of nuclear war, she must call upon resources both within and beyond herself to meet the perils that await her in the world of the dead beneath the Western Peak.

One of the recent reviews for the book

I absolutely loved the Herbert West series, and ‘She Who Comes Forth’ kind of picks up where the 4th book ends.

The protagonist is related to Herbert West and shares some of his occult ability. It is this ability, and a mysterious ring, that cause young France Leighton to become involved in a supernatural tussle of wills…in Egypt.

Along the way she meets an intriguing stranger who is not at all what he seems.

But before you think this will be a standard romance set in an exotic location, think again. There’s that twist, right?

I found She Who Comes Forth to be a very enjoyable read and I highly recommend it.

Read the reviews and buy the book : https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07H6CKB4M

And Amazon UK : https://www.amazon.co.uk/She-Who-Comes-Forth-novel-ebook/dp/B07H6CKB4M

SMASHWORDS

A selection of other books by Audrey Driscoll

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Audrey-Driscoll/e/B00J7X7QVC

Amazon.ca:  https://www.amazon.ca/Audrey-Driscoll-Books/

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Audrey-Driscoll/e/B00J7X7QVC

Read more reviews and follow Audrey on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4202146.Audrey_Driscoll

Connect to Audrey

Website: www.audreydriscoll.com
Bookpage: https://audreydriscoll.com/the-herbert-west-series/
Apple:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/author/audrey-driscoll/id380553438?mt=11
Barnes & Noble:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/”Audrey%20Driscoll
Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/audreydriscoll

Thank you for dropping in today and I know Audrey would love to hear from you.. thanks Sally

If you would like to participate in the Sunday Interview Series and share your blog and books, then please check out this post: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/getting-to-know-you-sunday-interview-2019/

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New book on the Shelves – Pre-Order #Offer- She Who Comes Forth (The Herbert West Series Sequel) by Audrey Driscoll


The ebook version of the soon-to-be released novel She Who Comes Forth by Audrey Driscoll, is available at a special pre-order price of $2.99 from now until the release date, November 7th, 2018.

 

About She Who Comes Forth

The novel is a standalone sequel to the Herbert West Series. Readers who enjoy a combination of realistic adventure and supernatural elements in an exotic setting — Luxor, Egypt and the Theban Necropolis — may wish to have a look.

October 1962. The developing nuclear missile crisis in Cuba is of no concern to Francesca “France” Leighton. Recently turned 21, France travels from her home in Providence to a job at an archaeological dig in Luxor, Egypt. She takes with her two legacies—an emerald ring from the grandfather she never knew, and an antique cello from his friend, a man she loved like a grandfather.

The dig disappoints. France is relegated to sorting chunks of stone, the dig’s director makes unwanted advances; rivalries and mistrust are everywhere. And it’s too darn hot! Tasked with playing her cello at a gathering of archaeologists, France meets the enigmatic and fascinating nuclear physicist Adam Dexter. She’s smitten, especially when he promises to show her the secrets of Egypt, including a hitherto undiscovered tomb.

After a risky balloon cruise ends in a crash landing, France is forced to leave the dig. Despite warnings against solo explorations on the west bank, she finds herself with Adam Dexter in an eerie house near the Theban Necropolis. Adam’s promises are alluring, but he is both more and less than he seems and his motivations are disturbing. Fleeing his house, France makes a horrifying discovery.

Through an image of Osiris, France discovers the true reason for her presence in the Theban Necropolis. As the world teeters on the brink of nuclear war, she must call upon resources both within and beyond herself to meet the perils that await her in the world of the dead beneath the Western Peak.

The book is available at the pre-order price of $2.99 : https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07H6CKB4M

And Amazon UK at £2.31: https://www.amazon.co.uk/She-Who-Comes-Forth-novel-ebook/dp/B07H6CKB4M

SMASHWORDS

A selection of books by Audrey Driscoll

One of the recent reviews for The Friendship of Mortals

I’m familiar with Lovecraft only by reputation, since I’m generally not into horror. And after looking at some of the other reviews, I think that’s an asset when you read The Friendship of Mortals. If you come with no preconceptions, you won’t be disappointed that the author has not written an imitation of Lovecraft. Instead, she’s extracted some concepts and made a whole new tale.

The book has a lot of things I like – libraries, universities, mysterious characters, Gothic atmosphere that is both seamy and elegant, plenty of dialogue (dialogue is how people communicate, after all), and outstanding descriptions. It’s a long book, but that’s not a problem for me. I had no trouble with the flow of the plot. It kept me riveted.

You can’t really like Herbert West, but you can be fascinated by him, even as the narrator, Charles Milburn, is. In fact, I found Milburn to be more interesting than West, because we can watch his complexity developing, even as West remains a mystery. There is always a paranormal element in the book, but this increases toward the end, as Milburn becomes more familiar with ancient alchemical writings. He begins to see ghosts and is visited by the apparition of John Hocks become a demon (the existence of Hocks haunts the entire book).

And then of course there is what happens to the Necromancer’s blood … And the unexplained mystery of the emerald ring …

The early 20th-century period in which the book is laid is perfect for this tale of pseudoscience. Medical knowledge was advancing rapidly, but it hadn’t reached the stage of forensic DNA testing – still primitive enough that experiments such as West’s might be plausible.

Some fine descriptions gem the book, just enough of them to enhance the atmosphere. Here is an example from the very first page:

“I will admit that certain of my memories are too heavy to carry around with me. I have entrusted them to a mental root cellar – dark, cold and difficult of access. The key to this place, unlike most keys, permits itself to be found only on nights such as this, when I have drunk deeply enough to set aside daytime scruples.”

One might say that the idea of cellars and darkness dominates the book, in contrast with certain passages of beauty and light, such as these:

“Her home resembled a ship’s cabin, afloat on a sea of leaves visible through the window.”

“The wind blew over the cliff top, stirring the grass tussocks that clung to the thin soil on the rock. On the far horizon was a bank of high-piled cumulus clouds, their battlements and crenellations like the gate of heaven.”

Great stuff!

This book is only the first of four parts, which I plan to read before too much time passes.

How can you not want to learn what happens next to Herbert West and his steadfast friend, Charles Milburn?;

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Audrey-Driscoll/e/B00J7X7QVC

Amazon.ca:  https://www.amazon.ca/Audrey-Driscoll-Books/

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Audrey-Driscoll/e/B00J7X7QVC

Read more reviews and follow Audrey on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4202146.Audrey_Driscoll

About Audrey Driscoll

I grew up reading books, and became interested in making stories myself. I worked out scenes and bits of dialogue, and made my friends act out little dramas based on my favourite book at the time – Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book.

With that background, it was inevitable I would become a writer. It just took a while. After establishing a career as a librarian – first at the University of Saskatchewan and then at the Greater Victoria Public Library in British Columbia – I had a meaningful encounter with H.P. Lovecraft’s character Herbert West.

Strangely fascinated by HPL’s corpse-reanimating physician and his friend the nameless narrator, I built a set of stories around them. In 2000, I was compelled to write them down. The result was The Friendship of Mortals and three more novels, which constitute the Herbert West Series. Self-publishing became respectable and relatively easy just in time to rescue me from the sad fate of the Unpublished Writer.

Reluctant to abandon the characters I had spent so much time with, I wrote and recently published several short stories as supplements to the Herbert West Series. I am currently at work on a sequel to the series.

My other interest is gardening a patch of earth on southern Vancouver Island. I post about that at least as often as I do about books and writing — with pictures! To me, writing and gardening are forms of alchemy — a mysterious process of creating excellence from the chaos of the world.

Connect to Audrey

Website: www.audreydriscoll.com
Bookpage: https://audreydriscoll.com/the-herbert-west-series/
Apple:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/author/audrey-driscoll/id380553438?mt=11
Barnes & Noble:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/”Audrey%20Driscoll
Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/audreydriscoll
Google+: https://plus.google.com/112007806078190610820

Thank you for dropping in and I hope you will take advantage of the special pre-order price for Audrey’s book.

If you have a book released on pre-order or available between now and Christmas then please let me know so that I can do a promotion (don’t forget it is FREE.. and just costs you a little time).

If you are already in the bookstore then just send me the link…

If you are not currently in the bookstore.. this is what I will need.

  1. Link to Amazon for the book (preferably your author page even if you only have one book this is an essential marketing tool and makes it a great deal easier for people like myself who are promoting your work) Also if you have a central book link site on your blog or website that is useful.
  2. If you do not have an Amazon author page yet, then I will need an author profile photo or image and your official author’s bio.  Please send any images attached to the email not inserted into it.
  3. You main social media links including website, blog, twitter, facebook, linkedin, goodreads and google+. Links in full please not short links, as they do not always work when inserted into WordPress.
  4. In my experience of promoting authors in the last 14 years, it is not as effective if you do not have some presence on social media and a central page on Amazon or Goodreads where readers can connect with you and see all your work together in one place.
  5. Please note that my blog has some young followers so I do not accept 18+ books.

Thanks for dropping by and look forward to hearing your news so that I can share on the blog and across social media. Sally

If you would like to browse my own books you can find them in this directory: https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/my-books-and-reviews-2018/

Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Open House Interview with author Audrey Driscoll


My guest today on the Open House is supernatural/paranormal author of The Herbert West Series, Audrey Driscoll.

About Audrey Driscoll

I grew up reading books, and became interested in making stories myself. I worked out scenes and bits of dialogue, and made my friends act out little dramas based on my favourite book at the time – Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book.

With that background, it was inevitable I would become a writer. It just took a while. After establishing a career as a librarian – first at the University of Saskatchewan and then at the Greater Victoria Public Library in British Columbia – I had a meaningful encounter with H.P. Lovecraft’s character Herbert West.

Strangely fascinated by HPL’s corpse-reanimating physician and his friend the nameless narrator, I built a set of stories around them. In 2000, I was compelled to write them down. The result was The Friendship of Mortals and three more novels, which constitute the Herbert West Series. Self-publishing became respectable and relatively easy just in time to rescue me from the sad fate of the Unpublished Writer.

Reluctant to abandon the characters I had spent so much time with, I wrote and recently published several short stories as supplements to the Herbert West Series. I am currently at work on a sequel to the series.

My other interest is gardening a patch of earth on southern Vancouver Island. I post about that at least as often as I do about books and writing — with pictures! To me, writing and gardening are forms of alchemy — a mysterious process of creating excellence from the chaos of the world.

Now time to meet Audrey in person and discover which questions she has selected to answer.

Tell us about your chosen genre of books that you write and why?

Well, I didn’t really choose a genre. You might say I was ambushed by a group of genres in collusion.

It began with a story by Howard Phillips Lovecraft, an early 20th century American writer of horror and weird fiction. This story, called “Herbert West, Reanimator,” is out and out gruesome horror involving reanimation of corpses, with unfortunate consequences. While I wasn’t too keen on the grisly stuff, I was quite interested in Herbert and his sidekick, the unnamed narrator of the story. I found myself expanding on the story to explain their reasons for doing what they did, and in 2000 I wrote down this expansion – a great big fanfic, you might say. That became my first novel, The Friendship of Mortals, which I published in 2010. Three others followed it, forming the Herbert West Series.

Now, while the first book has elements of horror, the other three don’t, really. Well, a bit here and there, but horror is not their primary focus. Those books are more adventure-supernatural-psychological with a bit of romance. The Great War keeps popping up as a plot element, but not enough to warrant a “historical fiction” label. That’s kind of a problem, if you think about it. People who expect Book 2 to focus on more experiments with corpses might be disappointed, unless they engage with the story and my way of telling it. I guess I find actual living humans, their desires and motivations, more interesting than zombies lurching around.

Which is your favourite leisure pastime?

Gardening. I came to it in two ways. My mother was a keen practical gardener, and had vegetable gardens and fruit trees wherever we lived. At an impressionable age, I read a book called Herbs and the Earth by Henry Beston. It was published in 1935. Mr. Beston wrote about his favourite herbs and their histories, and described his herb garden in Maine with such eloquence that I simply had to try growing these “noble” plants. Once I had my own plots of earth, first in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (where winters are very cold) and now in Victoria, British Columbia (where they are not), I came back to gardening full force. Not just herbs; I had a good vegetable garden in Saskatoon, but my present garden is inhabited by several large trees, rendering it inhospitable to plants that can’t compete with tree roots. Herbs do quite well there, along with an array of other tough plants. Must-have plants that can’t handle the local conditions, such as Himalayan blue poppies – or tomatoes, for that matter – are cossetted in containers.

Gardening complements writing really well. It gets me up and outside, away from the desk and computer. In the garden, I experience real things – soil and weather, birds and bugs, plants going from seed to flower to compost material. Anything I achieve there is in cooperation with the natural world. And while I’m weeding or edging or digging, the writer part of me is free to mull over the current project or dream up new ones.

On my blog, I write about my gardening experiences (with pictures) about as much as I do about writing. Aside from Henry Beston, my favourite garden writers are Eleanor Perenyi and Henry Mitchell. All three names should be preceded with “the late,” incidentally. Book friends, like face-to-face ones, leave the scene as you get older.

Is there any invention that is a major part of our lives that you wish had not been invented?

Agriculture, ironically enough. I think of it as the real Original Sin, that removed humans from within Nature and allowed us to become a destructive force. It wasn’t really an invention; I suspect it developed gradually, as hunter-gatherers started creating conditions to favour the plants and animals they found most useful. Eventually, though, it led to private ownership of land, empires, conquest and colonization, the market economy, the slave trade, haves and have nots, environmental degradation, an array of diseases, and other ills of “advanced” civilizations. Ultimately, we got present-day industrial agriculture, which has some really awful aspects.

I wonder how human culture would have developed if we had remained hunter-gatherers, and what kind of shape Earth would be in now. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t be typing this on a computer keyboard for sharing on the internet! But I think we would still have art, music, and storytelling.

What is your favourite colour and why?

Purple! The colour of magic. The cover of my first book, The Friendship of Mortals, is a glowing purple. I love it in all its shades, especially blue-violet. In fact, blue is a close second favourite. Colours are important in my books, in part because of the underlying theme of alchemy, in which the different stages are marked by colour changes. Black, white, yellow, and red are the main alchemical colours, with red representing the achievement of perfection, the Philosopher’s Stone. When I commissioned cover images for the Herbert West Series books, I asked the designer to use these colours.

Alchemy is actually quite colourful – think of the Emerald Tablet and the Green Lion, and the “peacock’s tail,” a stage in which an array of colours appears. Then there’s the blue flower of Romanticism, which, being rare and elusive, is also related to a mystical quest

As a gardener, I’m always lusting after blue flowers – gentians, delphiniums, and of course the blue poppies. Many blue-flowering plants are quite tricky to grow, the Himalayan blue poppies being true prima donnas. Rainfall in my area is pretty much opposite to what they need – wet in winter and dry in summer. I supply water during the growing season, of course, but to avoid crown rot due to winter wet, I have resorted to placing little roofs over the plants’ wooden tubs from October to March. Sometimes I think that’s a bit much, but when the plants bloom, it’s worth it. And if there really were blue roses, I’d be growing them.

I see I’ve strayed a long way from purple. I actually do wear purple quite often, and have done for years. I didn’t wait until I was old. It’s a magical colour, in all shades from dark to light.

Can you tell us about your work  in progress and plans for your Blog

I have nearly finished writing the first draft of a novel provisionally titled She Who Comes Forth. It’s a distant sequel to the four books of my Herbert West series. It’s set in Luxor, Egypt, in the autumn of 1962, and could be called “women’s adventure.” I expect to be working on it throughout 2018. I don’t really have any plans for my blog; it has always been a seat-of-the-pants effort. I hope to write some reviews of indie books and post some garden photos, along with updates on the work in progress. A few reblogs, and possibly a rant or two, if I get sufficiently fired up about something.

Books by Audrey Driscoll

About the first book in the Herbert West series – The Friendship of Mortals.

Herbert West can revivify the dead – after a fashion. Miskatonic University Librarian Charles Milburn agrees to help him, compromising his principles and his romance with Alma Halsey, daughter of the Dean of Medicine. West’s experiments become increasingly risky, but when he prepares to cross the ultimate border, only Charles can save his life – if his conscience lets him.
More Details: Arkham, Massachusetts, 1910. Librarian Charles Milburn takes up a position as cataloguer in the Library of Miskatonic University. He becomes the keeper of the Necronomicon, an ancient book of secret lore kept in the Library’s vault.

Herbert West, a medical student with a dubious reputation, requests access to the fabled book, and Charles grants it despite his misgivings. So begins a friendship that takes Charles far from the rules of cataloguing and the conventions familiar to an honest young man from a good Boston family.

Herbert West can restore the dead to life, he says, and he persuades Charles to be his assistant. Their experiments, carried out in secret by night, in improvised laboratories and by stealth in the hospital attached to the university, achieve success – of a sort. Charles finds himself caught between the demands of his fascinating friend and his growing attraction to Alma Halsey, daughter of the Dean of Medicine.

In 1914, as war begins in Europe, Charles is both relieved and distressed to say goodbye to West as he sails away to France to serve as a medical officer. Over the next four years, West’s letters reveal a mixture of cynicism and black humour that hint at – what? Charles doesn’t know and would rather not guess. Engrossed in cataloguing the books of an eccentric professor, he develops an interest in alchemy as a way to transform the base into the excellent.

West returns from the War to a career as a surgeon utilizing techniques perfected on the maimed, dying …and dead? Lonely and self-doubting despite his professional success, Charles can’t bring himself to abandon West as his reputation grows and darkens. Rumours of illicit experiments overshadow West’s spectacular public successes, and he begins to crack under attacks from colleagues and threats from his gangster brothers. Beleaguered on all sides and under threat of investigation, West appeals to Charles for help. Charles is sympathetic until West reveals the perilous nature of his plan.

Vacillating between horror and hope and haunted by West’s misdeeds, Charles must draw on his knowledge of alchemy and his tottering faith in powers beyond himself if he is to save his friend’s life. Only his conscience stands in the way.

One of the recent reviews for the book

In this book, the writing is smooth; the sentences and paragraphs have a perfect balance; the characters are interesting, authentic and believable; dialogue flows naturally.

The plot is based on a short story by H. P. Lovecraft, an American horror fiction author from the early 20th century. It deals with a clever, enigmatic and devious medical student and physician, Herbert West, who concocts a potion and develops a method to re-animate the recently deceased – with varying degrees of success. Enigmatic he may be, but he exerts a strong influence over the narrator of the story, university librarian Charles Milburn, to such an extent that Milburn seems to prefer West’s bedside manner than that of his girlfriend, Alma Halsey. Milburn becomes West’s assistant in grave-robbing and laboratory experimentation.

Driscoll plays off the interplay between West and Milburn perfectly. “Don’t be an idiot, Charles, just do it,” says West – and Milburn does it, always, despite seeing ethical problems in West’s work. Later he describes himself as “a guilt-ridden being who had wrestled with the dilemma of friendship with a murderer.”

And then there are the re-animated corpses. How will they behave when brought back to life? How long will they survive for? Will they die (again) or have to be killed? The fact that Herbert West himself has no clear idea about the outcome of his experiments only adds to the suspense.

The book loses a bit of momentum around the two-thirds mark, when both West and Alma are out of the country and communicate with Milburn via mail. But when West returns, Milburn again falls under his spell, the experiments continue, the dead rise, and the final chapters lead to a gripping finale.

Read the reviews and buy the book: https://www.amazon.com/Friendship-Mortals-Herbert-West-Book-ebook/dp/B00IZUC5V4

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Friendship-Mortals-Herbert-West-Book-ebook/dp/B00IZUC5V4

Also by Audrey Driscoll

Read the reviews and buy the books: https://www.amazon.com/Audrey-Driscoll/e/B00J7X7QVC

Amazon.ca:  https://www.amazon.ca/Audrey-Driscoll-Books/

And Amazon UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Audrey-Driscoll/e/B00J7X7QVC

Connect to Audrey

Website: www.audreydriscoll.com
Bookpage: https://audreydriscoll.com/the-herbert-west-series/
Apple:  https://itunes.apple.com/us/author/audrey-driscoll/id380553438?mt=11
Barnes & Noble:  https://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/”Audrey%20Driscoll
Smashwords:  https://www.smashwords.com/profile/view/audreydriscoll
Google+: https://plus.google.com/112007806078190610820

Audrey’s requested piece of music is Schubert: auf dem wasser zu singen- ian bostdrige (tenor) + julius drake (piano)

My thanks to Audrey for sharing her interests and books with us today and I am sure she would love to answer any questions you might have. Thanks Sally

If you would like to participate in the Open House Interviews, I am now scheduling for end of March. Once I receive your answers, I will put in the diary.

https://smorgasbordinvitation.wordpress.com/2018/01/07/the-return-of-smorgasbord-open-house-interviews-for-all-writers-and-other-creative-artists/