Recalling true urban life in the district of Columbia, BLACK RUSH, a novel by Frederick Louis Richardson, is well-regarded across Internet, gaining fans and treasured by vampire-lovers; this science-fiction, fantasy and horror is not your “teen vampire” novel, but one that springs from the ambient noise of history and urban events.
In the flickering darkness of parable and complex moral ambiguity, the question is asked: Is good and evil two sides of the same coin?
More than gullible victims meeting repugnance where blood and gore prevail, THE HORROR OF HERRING HILL is the author’s third novel and first e-book, the prequel to the trade paperback BLACK RUSH.
The story opens up in the 18th Century by acquainting the reader with Siata, a nubile yet ferocious African girl aboard a Middle-Passage slave ship on the high seas of the Atlantic, bound for the Caribbean island of of Mel-de-Mere. Siata’s time spent aboard ship results in her being the only survivor; and a British colony on a tropical island is far from “paradise”, as forces opposed to her thirst and hunger send for African vampire killers to destroy the last of her kind. But is that even possible?
From the moment a band of misfits and experienced sailors decide to leave the docks in the British Isles to sail away in hopes of better fortune, their fate is sealed by the decision of the ship’s captain to bring along a winsome girl with hidden canine teeth and the inherent ability to extend her neck several times over.
The Horror of Herring Hill, a prequel to Frederick Louis Richardson’s debut novel, Black Rush, offers a glimpse into how forced immigration of African slaves changed the tenuous relationship between colonists ruled by the Crown in faraway England and the natives already living on the imaginary island of Mal de Mer somewhere in the beautiful Caribbean.
After a hellish voyage where almost no one survives, the ship is blown terribly off-course into the warm soothing waters of the Caribbean. What waits is a rocky archipelago raised from the ocean covered by lush greenery hinting at the hope most certainly felt by the crew when the ship first set sail.
Herring Hill is an outpost of civility and order governed by the British meritocracy. But surrounding this polite society are also natives of every hue and origin who have come to call Mal de Mer home. This is where the child-like vampire, Siata, is welcomed by God’s servants as charity would dictate. Life on the island gets very interesting. After all, we do call this book, The Horror of Herring Hill.
Frederick Louis Richardson continues his own unique interpretation of vampires started with his signature novel, Black Rush. Written as a companion and prequel to the well-regarded horror novel, Black Rush, the author has filled out the saga from the beginning. As an e-book, The Horror of Herring Hill is designed for good screen reading on your favorite device – good writing, perfect length and excitement all the way. Just be careful not to walk into traffic while you’re reading it.
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