BEAST IN THE BASEMENT: A Horror Novella
"I reached a certain point and wanted to stop and applaud my Kindle. On a tube train" - SEBASTIAN PATRICK, writer/editor of the RED DWARF website.
"When the biggest turn in the story occurred, I actually exclaimed (out loud with great exuberance), 'Holy s***, that's so f****** clever!'" - MICH MASOCH, CHS REGIME
This psychological suspense-thriller is set in a big house in the English countryside, where a recently bereaved and increasingly unstable author toils over a book which will close the trilogy of best-selling Jade Nexus fantasy novels.
Speculation and rumour are rife among hardcore Jade Nexus fans that their heroine will die at the book’s conclusion - a possibility against which they loudly protest via social media as the release date nears.
How do you deal with grief under such intense pressure? How do you cope with distractions from your work such as a violent intruder, panicked messages from your agent and a potential love interest moving into the cottage across the field? Far worse than any of those problems, what do you do about the Beast in your basement?
Beast In The Basement is a contemporary horror story about obsession, revenge, censorship, blame culture and personal responsibility. A dark and twisted tale with a kick like a mule.
Read it fast before someone spoilers you!
Parental advice: this novella features strong violence, profanity and some sexual scenes. Not recommended for minors.
PRAISE FOR BEAST IN THE BASEMENT
“This is enormous spooky fun and reads like lightning!” - Jenny Colgan, author of The Good, The Bad And The Dumped, Meet Me At The Cupcake Cafe and Doctor Who: Dark Horizons (as JT Colgan)
“This short sharp shock of weird horror cuts right to the quick. Writing about writers is tricky, but Arnopp handles it with beastly aplomb” – Chuck Wendig, author of Blackbirds, Mockingbird and Double Dead
“Jason Arnopp snares his poor readers using inch-perfect plotting and compulsive suspense so that, once hooked, he can inflict his own dark brand of please-no horror on their unprepared psyches. Beast In The Basement is highly recommended for anyone who doesn’t realise how much an author can love and hate his readers at the same time. Hell’s teeth, what's the matter with the man?” – JMR Higgs, author of The Brandy Of The Damned and I Have America Surrounded: The Life Of Timothy Leary
“A wonderful, creepy tale that winds the tension extremely tight, culminating in an explosive ending that will certainly make your jaw drop” - The Reluctant Geek website
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Jason Arnopp is a scriptwriter and novelist.
He wrote the 2011 horror feature film Stormhouse, which world-premiered at the Edinburgh International Film Festival that year. He also script-edited urban thriller The Man Inside (2012), which starred Peter Mullan, Michelle Ryan, David Harewood and Ashley ‘Bashy’ Thomas.
Arnopp has written various official fiction for the world of British TV series Doctor Who, in the form of prose, audio books and audio plays. These include the audio books Doctor Who: The Gemini Contagion (2011) and The Sarah Jane Adventures: Deadly Download (2010), both published by AudioGO. In 2006, he wrote further official tie-in fiction with the novel Friday The 13th: Hate-Kill-Repeat for Black Flame.
A former journalist, Arnopp is the author of the non-fiction book How To Interview Doctor Who, Ozzy Osbourne And Everyone Else (2011). Full details can be found here. He has also written the Kindle short story A Sincere Warning About The Entity In Your Home, which is available both as a regular ebook and as a bespoke physical letter mailed to your home! Details here.
WHERE TO BUY BEAST IN THE BASEMENT
At most sites, before committing to your purchase, you can auto-wirelessly whiz a sample section of the book to your device or desktop computer (Kindle files can be played on these via various apps - see Amazon's range here on the UK site and the US site). Here are some of the Amazon sites:
Or you can buy Beast via Apple's iBooks store
... OR CHECK OUT BRANDY IN THE BASEMENT!
Brandy In The Basement is a special double-pack of ebooks at a great discount price. It features Beast In The Basement AND JMR Higgs' short novel The Brandy Of The Damned, plus a new introduction to both. Check out Jason Arnopp's blog about it here.
FREE PDF SAMPLER!
Download/print the free PDF sampler now! Containing Beast In The Basement's prologue and Chapter One, this PDF is fully downloadable and distributable.
FIND THE AUTHOR ONLINE
MORE PRAISE FOR BEAST IN THE BASEMENT
“A gripping, gruelling horror story that's the perfect length for reading in a single sitting. Just don't read it before bedtime, especially if you have a basement” - El Dink website
“A deliciously dark little slice of horror, touching on madness, grief, guilt and the power of the written word” - Byte The Book website
“While the writing is lovely, the story itself is an absolute belter. It will have you guessing and double-guessing yourself right until the end. This is a writer on top of his game” - Richard Dinnick, author of Doctor Who: The Rings Of Ikira and Doctor Who: The Underwater War
“Beast In The Basement is the rarest of things, a story that manages to keep you guessing right up until the end. Arnopp obviously delights in messing with his readership’s heads... I really can’t get enough of writing like this” - The Eloquent Page website
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