Wednesday, 17 July 2019

Discussion of a Decent Dream by E. Curtis


Title: Discussion of a Decent Dream
Author: E. Curtis
Genre: Dark Fantasy


In the fall of 1789, on the western edge of the Yorkshire Dales, a dense, persistent fog enshrouds the village of Ingleton. Shadowed spirits hide in the mist and bedevil the townsfolk, heralding a tragedy that has befallen one of their own.

Edmond continues to search for Alexandra, his fiancée, who disappeared the same night that the mist set upon their town. Presumed dead by all others, he visits Alexandra's empty grave, desperate for any hint of what has become of her. Weary from the sleepless nights on his quest, no longer able to stay awake, Edmond falls into a dream before her headstone and there obtains clues from Alexandra as to her whereabouts.

Haunted all the while by a malevolent spirit, Edmond follows the trail that Alexandra left for him and enters the underworld, only to learn that he has been there before, and in fact, quite often. But more, he discovers how he is to blame for Alexandra's disappearance.

A dark literary novel rich in imagery, Discussion of a Decent Dream unearths the consequences of a child's decision to surrender his heart in exchange for unholy power and transcendent knowledge.

Discussion of a Decent Dream is a Finalist in Britain's Wishing Self Book Awards in the Adult category.

The book is on sale for $0.99 during the tour.

Excerpt:

I had seen in dream that which appeared before me, a gloriously lined whirlwind of black. It exhibited itself as odd, twitchy, yet with cohesion, both beautiful and horrible at once, as if the core of this being eclipsed an otherwise unseen dawn. The vapor then solidified and took the form of a man, though its feet made no impression in the sand.

It warmed to me, expressing in that charred face such familiarity and delight. Even for my instinctive recoil, I made no real retreat, for I again wanted to hear it speak.


My Review:

The writing in Discussion of a Decent Dream has a dreamlike and almost poetic quality, well suited to the title.

Edmond is searching for his fiancée, Alexandra, who he believes is alive whilst everyone else presumes she is dead. He journeys through an alternate existence, and learns about his true identity and a past that he didn't know he was a part of.

The writing style was both the best and worst of this book. The extravagantly flowery prose was both hypnotic and yet hard to follow, leading to an interesting but also confusing read.

(I received a complimentary copy of the book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.)




Author Bio:

E. Curtis draws on personal experiences of the otherworldly for his writing. Through dreams, visions, and waking encounters, his exposure to darkness has motivated him to detail what he has come to know of the preternatural. While a few short pieces have been published on an online literary magazine, Discussion of a Decent Dream is his first novel.



E. Curtis will be awarding a $25 Amazon or B/N GC to a randomly drawn winner via rafflecopter during the tour.


8 comments :

  1. Always fun to hear about another new great book. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. How many hours a day do you spend writing?

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  3. I've really enjoyed following the tour for Discussion of a Decent Dream and I'm looking forward to checking it out. Thanks for sharing all of the great posts along the way :)

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  4. Thanks to all for visiting Just Books and for your comments :)

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  5. Looks interesting - I wonder if the author has a lot of dreams?

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    1. Hi Sue, thanks for the comment and question and for taking a look. Quick answer is yes, I do and always have. My dreams are immersive and vivid, sometimes frightening, but other times so enjoyable I regret leaving. The subconscious has always played a part in my writing.

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