Mike's Eyepennies is the first TTA Novella. It was inspired by the death in March 2010 of musician Mark Linkous who recorded and performed under the name Sparklehorse, and the story is dedicated to him.
Eyepennies is picking up some very enthusiastic advance praise:
“A musician emotionally scarred by a near-death experience is haunted by his past, his present and his future in this chilling, slow burn of a ghost story. Read it!” Ellen Datlow
“Mike O’Driscoll is without doubt one of our best writers. I often wish he wrote more, because when he does produce something new -- such as the excellent Eyepennies -- it’s truly an occasion for celebration” Tim Lebbon
“Full of symbols and dread, a Cotard’s delusion set to O’Driscoll’s cool bluesy prose, Eyepennies makes a refined contribution to the TTA Press canon” Paul Meloy
“A beautiful story suffused with the entangled mysteries of pain and life, as radiant as it is dark: the best kind” Stephen Volk
"O’Driscoll is clearly a fan of the man’s music, and has really done his research into Linkous’ life to produce a compelling variant on the modern ghost story. It’s one of the best works of fiction I’ve ever read, and it was a pleasure to produce the cover art" Rik Rawling
"A musician struggles to come to terms with his existence following a near-death experience, in a world where reality is something elusive and the darkness is always waiting. A beautifully written, evocative novella from Mike O’Driscoll."
Would anybody like a review copy? It'll have to be in PDF as it doesn't exist in print yet. The only catch is that, well, you have to review it! Please contact me if you're interested, or leave a message here. Thanks!
There've been a few more great reviews but I've failed to update. I do have a picture of an actual book though, this of the sample copy received, and approved. The remainder will be sent in a week or two.
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Thanks for posting that link, Ross. I wanted to post an Eyepennies update to the website, so searched for reviews, found most if not all. Only used extracts and no links, but it's already quite a list of very positive comments.
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