TotenUniverse – Book 3
Malandanti – Book 1
Alien Noise Corporation (2015)
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Europe is convulsed by the collapse of a four hundred year old network of covens known as the Malandanti. At the centre of the conflict caused by a destructive rumour, one woman, Jennifer Enzo – the deranged grand-daughter of an English Satanist – searches for a dangerous 15th century grimoire and help from the Devil himself.
“Here the call, the distant call, that says we’re on our way.”
The noise of the bell increased. Her heart pounded when she rounded the southern end of the Cathedral where the Domplatz opened out and the wind unleashed its energy. A huge mob had gathered along the edge of a swollen police cordon. Frieda used her crash helmet to push through to the front, forcing her way forward from Bamberg sunlight to Cathedral shadow until the police tape stopped her from going any farther.
Outside the north entrance, plain clothes cops wrestled with an inflatable forensics marquee. A squad car made way for a van with three officers balancing on the roof. And above them all, hanging from the ornate cornice surmounting the portal, a rope and a bell, and beneath the bell the trussed up body of a naked corpse swinging upside down in the turbulence like a human pendulum. With every dizzying pass from left to right, right to left, the bell rang and celebrated another moment of Bamberg’s tormented history.
There was a time, a prolongued period of maybe thirty years, when I avoided anything to do with Satanism, believing it brought me bad luck. An objective bystander would have pointed out the obvious fact that during this thirty year period I still endured bad luck well beyond what one might consider a reasonable amount.
The gloves came off and I challenged fate head on. With the Malandanti idea pouring out of the second Toten Herzen novel I started the most ambitious novel of the series, Who Among Us…
Intended as a paranormal action thriller, Who Among Us… expanded the TotenUniverse beyond the band and opened up a Europe-wide conspiracy dating back four hundred years. A lot of research went into ‘the making of’ the novel in the hope of forcing the reader to question the world and reality.
It isn’t an easy read. The protagonists are unsympathetic, uncompromising and violent, but I set myself the challenge of making these people engrossing. Whether you like them or not I hope you’ll have a morbid fascination for psychopathic Jennifer Enzo, duplicitous Virginia Bruck, and the indecipherable Frieda Schoenhofer (who certainly had an effect on me as you’ll discover in the next novel of the TotenUniverse).