Populated by a host of colorful characters, the new, tenth volume in author Jeffrey E. Barlough's acclaimed Western Lights series, The Thing in the Close, was released December 4, 2018 by long-time publishers Gresham & Doyle. The new story is a delight of the imagination -- a voyage of discovery, a puzzle, a chilling tale of horror, and a light-hearted cavort, all in one.
Set in the ancient episcopal city of Bogminster, in deepest Slopshire, the new work is an engaging mix filled with surprises. What, for example, is the thing that has been haunting the hallowed walks of the Cathedral close? Who is the enigmatic stranger who has descended -- literally -- upon Bogminster in the dead of night? And last but hardly least, what to make of this new field sport which threatens to take town and country by storm, concocted by the local parish priest of St. Dunstan's and his boyhood chum, a vicar from the wilds of distant Lingonshire?
Deliciously droll and brimming with its author's characteristic humor, The Thing in the Close is a gem: a whimsical treat for all Barlough admirers, fantasy and mystery fans, and just about anyone who values a well-spun yarn, and is likely to secure an even wider public for this gifted storyteller.
The Thing in the Close -- Gresham & Doyle's Christmas release for 2018.
For a further preview, click here. For a special tribute to the dedicatee of the new work, the author's late father, and his role in the Western Lights series, click here.