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The Stranger Times by C.K McDonnell

There are dark forces at work in our world, so thank God The Stranger Times is on hand to report them. A weekly newspaper dedicated to the weird and the wonderful (but mostly the weird), it is the go-to publication for the unexplained and inexplicable… At least that’s their pitch. The reality is rather less auspicious. Their editor is a drunken, foul-tempered and foul-mouthed husk of a man who thinks little of the publication he edits. His staff are a ragtag group of misfits. And as for the assistant editor… well, that job is a revolving door – and it has just revolved to reveal Hannah Willis, who’s got problems of her own. When tragedy strikes in her first week on the job The Stranger Times is forced to do some serious investigating. What they discover leads to a shocking realisation: some of the stories they’d previously dismissed as nonsense are in fact terrifyingly real. Soon they come face-to-face with darker forces than they could ever have imagined. The Stranger Times is the first book from C.K. McDonnell, the pen name of Caimh McDonnell. It combines his distinctive dark wit with his love of the weird and wonderful to deliver a joyous celebration of how truth really can be stranger than fiction.

What people are saying:

‘A gag-filled romp … in the spirit of Terry Pratchett. Ripping entertainment from start to finish.’ The Times 

‘I loved this book. Great premise – great story – great characters . . . hugely enjoyable.’ JODI TAYLOR, bestselling author of The Chronicles of St Mary’s series

‘A filmic romp with great characters, a jet-propelled plot, and a winning premise’ ERIC BROWN, The Guardian

‘Wonderfully dark, extremely funny, and evocative of Terry Pratchett – which I think is the highest compliment I can give.’ ADAM KAY, bestselling author of This is Going to Hurt

‘Hysterically funny’ The i newspaper

‘I tore through The Stranger Times. Like an entertaining collision between the worlds of Mick Herron and Charlie Stross, it’s a novel that proves ancient eldritch horror is no match for old-school journalism.’ CHRISTOPHER BROOKMYRE, bestselling author of Black Widow

‘The one-liners zing, the dialogue is a tennis match of witty banter’ The Financial Times

‘Hilarious. You’ll never look at Manchester the same way again.’ JASON MANFORD 

‘Fresh and genuinely funny’ SFX

‘Darkly comedic . . . alternating between sinister and silly, McDonnell’s writing is intelligently witty.’ The Herald

Ordering from outside the UK and Ireland? Order your copy from Blackwell’s for offer free international delivery.

 Signed, limited edition hardbacks available from Goldsboro Books.

The Stranger Times will also be available in German, French, Spanish and Russian. We’ll add the links to this page as soon as they are available.