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About DA Watson
D.A. Watson is the author of four novels and the fiction and poetry collection Tales of the What the Fuck.
His stories, verse and articles have appeared in several anthologies and collections and have won gongs and acclaim from Greenock to Dunedin, including nominations for a Pushcart Prize in the US and the UK People's Book Prize. An occasional poetry performer, he also appeared on the main stage of the Burnsfest Festival in 2018 as the warm up act for the one and only Chesney Hawkes, a personal milestone and career highlight.
He lives with his family on the west coast of Scotland and is still telling stories.
"The Christoper Brookmyre of horror. Watson knows his genre and he’s not afraid to subvert it. Readers, on the other hand, will be very, very afraid." Louise Welsh, bestselling author of the Plague Times trilogy
"A really enjoyable, gore filled and thrilling read. A fast paced romp with a huge side salad of blood, guts and dismemberment." Ginger Nuts of Horror
"Ambitious and spectacular." Undiscovered Scotland
"Irvine Welsh with teeth." Snakebite Horror
"An exhilarating, wild, violent read." Booksquawk
"The skill of writing was unreal. An absolutely unparalleled use of tension, coupled with the horrible feeling that something is out there." Book Odyssey
"Watson has hit it out of the park again. Each story I read breathes new life into an old trope." Splatterpunk Zine
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Murder. Robbery. Kidnapping. Welcome to Napa Valley, California.
To lawmen and bad men alike, The Low Man is a ghost story. The most feared bounty hunter to ever walk the territories. Whispered to be a Native American shapeshifter, a renegade Pinkerton detective, or the Bible quoting son of a mad preacher. No one knows for sure. He’s a spectre outlaws scare each other with around campfires.
Adonias Lowe lives in the highlands of Napa Valley with his children, scratching a hard living as a farmer and occasional wagon guard. When a wealthy gin baron hires him to see a valuable shipment safely to San Francisco, the opportunity comes just in time to keep the family afloat.
But when the job turns into a massacre and his daughter is abducted by a deviant killer, Adonias is forced into a reckoning that will awaken a darkness he’s long tried to bury. As the corpses mount up, a dying sheriff tries to make sense of the madness, scalp hunters saddle up and ride for blood, fame and riches, and the local Wailaki are coming down from the hills, singing war songs of the Lost White Brother.
Welcome to Napa Valley, California. Where fruit grows thick on the vine, and blood runs deep.
Is it really better to burn out than to fade away?
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 wise ass. Orphaned as an infant, 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.
But 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.
Praise from readers:
★★★★★ - "Watson is the Christopher Brookmyre of horror. Readers will be very, very afraid."
★★★★★ - "Classic occult horror in a modern (musical) setting. A terrifying, excellent horror story that really resonated with me."
★★★★★ - "A book I will soon not forget. If you love music, plot twists, and horror stories, this one is for you."
Recent retiree Gerald loves his wife Barbara and he loves his garden, but Barbara hates the garden. Because the garden's taking Gerald over, and Barbara says he has to stop before he has another 'incident'.
Bullied, ridiculed and unloved, moustachioed schoolgirl "Hairy" Mhairi Barry has never had any friends but the ones she finds on the shelves of the library where she's spent most of her lonely childhood. But tonight, she's going to a party with all the cool kids, to show them what she's learned in all those books.
A suspicious smelling smorgasbord of lovelorn psychopaths, vengeful mugging victims, pawn shop philosophers and rhyming Glaswegian alien abduction, Tales of the What the Fuck is a dark, touching, horrific and hilarious collection of short stories, flash fiction and epic poetry from People's Book Prize nominated author D.A. Watson. Things are about to get weird.
Phil, Griff, Sam and Cairnsey are local boys who enjoy a smoke, a beer and the occasional tab of mind bending acid, and celebrating the end of high school with some trips and a night’s camping at Bennane Head sounds like a high old time. When their drug fuelled revelry descends into a nightmarish fight for their sanity and survival however, those who make it through the night will know that true evil never forgets unpaid debts.
"Dave Watson is the Christopher Brookmyre of horror. He brilliantly evokes the world of ordinary, drug taking young men on the cusp of adulthood and then rips it all apart. In the Devil’s Name is a funny, keenly-observed and fast-paced horror novel that will appeal to anyone who has ever been young. Dave Watson knows his genre and he’s not afraid to subvert it. Readers, on the other hand, will be very, very afraid."
Louise Welsh, author of The Cutting Room
"For a reviewer who constantly avoids going to see horror movies, I can say that this book was very chilling and yet written in a way that makes you pause to catch your breath before the next scare appears."
Michelle Herbert - Fantasy Book Review
"...the action never lets up, this quickly becomes a fast paced romp, with a huge side salad of blood guts and dismemberment."
Jim McLeod - Ginger Nuts of Horror
"This is an exceptional and accomplished debut novel. Wholly original and utterly terrifying. Blood is spilt, friendships tested beyond their limits and body parts fly whilst the story performs corkscrew twists without letting up the pace for a millisecond."
Nathan Robinson - Snakebite Horror
"Slow build-up notwithstanding, this is no “quiet horror” story. Once the first vein is opened, the blood flows in buckets. The violence inflicted by humans and supernatural beings alike is graphic, gruesome, inventive…and integral to the plot and characterization. In other words, the best kind of fictional violence."
Tracie McBride - author of Ghosts Can Bleed
This time our theme is Broken Hearts and we have treats aplenty, from how to mend your bleeding heart to ignoring it completely. Our writers stick together for the kids, run away for themselves and jump head first into the fire. We hope you love them.
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The terror of the Viking raids is a fading memory for the people on the Isle of Lewis, and the once dreaded Northmen have now begun settling on the island, living in peace with the natives. But when the settlement of Eanach is attacked and burned to ashes in the dead of night, the slaughter heralds the arrival of a terrible new threat on the island. Something far worse than the sea raiders of years past.
Five old friends come to Lewis for alcohol, the Celtic music festival, and a spot of canoeing. Cal's stag is the perfect way for them to reunite, and comes as a welcome distraction for Ian, the troubled musician tormented by his own twisted existence. As a giant hill dweller with murder on his mind stalks the group, something very strange is happening out at the ancient Calanais Standing Stones, and an inhuman horror from the distant past begins to stir.
Something is howling in the dark of night. The Wolves of Langabhat have risen.