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Strange Ink (Paperback)

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A debut novel for author Gary Kemble, Strange Ink is a thrilling read of investigative journalism, political corruption, and murder from the horror genre. His use of tattoos as a means to imbue magic into skin is a clever idea in our modern-day, “inked” world. Also, it’s a rare opportunity that I’ll find a horror story set in the likes of Australia, so I relished in the unique cultural references and language that the author employed. Parts of the novel reminded me of a typical Stephen King story, while others reminded me of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium crime trilogy. An imaginative and engaging story for the author’s first published novel, Gary Kemble’s Strange Ink will undoubtedly find a way under your skin. You might never be able to look at tattoos the same way again.

— Nicholas


Spine-chilling horror in the vein of Joe Hill. After moving into a new house, journalist Harry Hendrick wakes up with tattoos that aren't his...

When washed-up journalist Harry Hendrick wakes one morning with a hangover and a strange symbol tattooed on his neck, he shrugs it off as a bad night out. But soon more tattoos appear: grisly, violent images which come accompanied by horrific nightmares - so he begins to dig deeper. Harry's search leads him to a sinister disappearance, torment from beyond the grave, and a web of corruption and violence tangled with his own past. One way or another, he has to right the wrongs.

About the Author

Gary Kemble's award-winning short fiction has been published in magazines and anthologies in Australia and abroad, and his non-fiction has appeared in newspapers, magazines and online. Born in England, Gary now lives in Brisbane with his wife and kids, where he is the Social Media Co-ordinator for national news broadcaster ABC News. Strange Ink is his first novel.

Praise For…

"Taut, suspenseful...The novel’s gritty realism viscerally and effectively conveys the discomfort of new ink, the oppressive heat of the Queensland summer, and the horrors of war and murder...A strong debut by a promising new voice" -- Publishers Weekly 

"Kemble handles the supernatural elements of the story with the expertise of a genre veteran, carefully walking the line between fantasy and reality. This is Kemble's first novel. A sequel, Dark Ink, is scheduled to appear in October 2019, but that will seem like too long a time for eager readers to wait." -Booklist

‘This book reads like a dropkick to the sternum. A skilled, vivid crafting of characters and their stories set against a backdrop of political corruption and old magic, Strange Ink is a powerhouse of a novel. Horror fans take note: Gary Kemble has arrived.’ Rio Youers

‘An excellent debut novel from Kemble. Tightly plotted, fast paced, and exciting, the characters three-dimensional and believable, and the researched details utterly authentic. Highly recommended.' Alan Baxter

"Strange Ink grips you from its first pages, and it doesn't let go. Mystery, horror, and the perfect touch of humour, Kemble knows how to tell a tale that you won't forget no matter how fast you race to its conclusion." Trent Jamieson

"With an intense and immediate sense of place, a cracking pace, and a great everyman hero, Gary Kemble's debut novel Strange Ink is by turns thrilling and haunting, and will keep readers glued to the page." Angela Slatter

"Strange Ink is a full-blooded thrill ride with heart and soul that tears along like a Harley Davidson at full throttle. Gary Kemble's exhilarating debut is proof positive that the horror genre is very much alive and kicking!" Mark Morris

'Gripping and assured, Strange Ink really gets under your skin.' Tim Lebbon

"The emergence of Kemble’s talent is an entertaining addition to the urban fantasy genre." -SciFiMoviePage

“a ghost story with classic flavor, sharp teeth, and a modern twist” Barnes & Noble SFF Blog
Product Details
ISBN: 9781785656439
ISBN-10: 1785656430
Publisher: Titan Books
Publication Date: October 9th, 2018
Language: English