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Novel Delivers Ever-Present Reminder of the Dark World Just Beyond Our Consciousness
Faith-based book explores the world of the undead from Hollywood to war

Carmel Communications
Oct. 19, 2021

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 19, 2021 /Christian Newswire/ -- When dark worlds of horror films and war experiences collide, the outcome can be downright terrifying, which is exactly where authors K. V. Turley and Fiorella De Maria take THIS THING OF DARKNESS (Ignatius Press).

THIS THING OF DARKNESS jostles the reader between the dark worlds of Bela Lugosi and writer and widow Evi Kilhooley, who is assigned a profile piece on the fading actor from "Dracula." While Lugosi did star in the film, the novel is fiction, and the book intertwines the life and death of Evi's husband in war as a martyr with her present darkness interviewing Lugosi.

De Maria was born in Italy of Maltese parents. She grew up in Wiltshire, England, and attended Cambridge University, where she received a Bachelor's in English Literature and a Master's in Renaissance Literature. She lives in Surrey with her husband and children. A winner of the National Book Prize of Malta, she has published four other novels with Ignatius Press: Poor Banished Children, Do No Harm, We'll Never Tell Them and the first Father Gabriel mystery, The Sleeping Witness. Turley is a London-based writer, journalist and filmmaker, plus a show host on podcast, radio and television. His writing appears regularly in publications on both sides of the Atlantic. He is the U.K. correspondent for the National Catholic Register as well as a regular contributor to EWTN.

During Evi's weekly interviews with Lugosi, she meets another English expatriate, Hugo Radelle, a movie buff who offers to help with her research. As their relationship deepens, Evi begins to suspect that he knows more about her and her soldier husband than he is letting on. Meanwhile, a menacing darkness stalks all three characters as their histories and destinies mysteriously begin to intertwine.

"This book walks into the night, stepping behind the silver screen to the delusional twilight zone between hell and Hollywood, where dreams become nightmares; yet it also walks into the light at the end of the tunnel, where the lie of the silver screen makes way for the truth of the silver lining," said Joseph Pearce, author of Literature: What Every Catholic Should Know.

For more information, to request a review copy or to schedule an interview with K. V. Turley and/or Fiorella De Maria, please contact Kevin Wandra (404-788-1276 or KWandra@CarmelCommunications.com) of Carmel Communications.

SOURCE Carmel Communications

CONTACT: Kevin Wandra, 404-788-1276, KWandra@CarmelCommunications.com