Darren Dash dips his toes into the dark, disturbing waters of dystopian sci-fi in this widely-praised, mind-bending trip to An Other Place… where time and space are fluid… where the moon changes colour and savage beasts run wild… where teeth are used as currency and love-making is a perilous proposition… where cannibalism occasionally comes into fashion and the dead are swiftly forgotten… where strange sandmen offer sanctuary in times of danger and a mysterious Alchemist rules over all.
When Newman Riplan’s flight into the unknown turns into a nightmarish slide between worlds, he must explore an unnamed city where unpredictable terrors are the norm. By the end of his first day adrift, his life has spun completely out of his control, but the most mind-twisting and soul-crushing revelations are only beginning. As he desperately searches for meaning and a way out, he starts to realise that perhaps only madness can provide him with the answers, while surrender might offer him his only true hope of escape…
“This is, by far, the best book of 2016, possibly the best book of this decade… the bastard love child of Kafka and Rod Serling, throwing in a dash of Ray Bradbury for good measure. 5/5 — brilliant. Just brilliant.” Kelly Smith Reviews.
“An Other Place sees an imaginative writer at the top of his craft. It brings to mind The Twilight Zone, yet even Rod Serling himself would have struggled to come up with an alternate world so completely off-the-wall and yet oddly meaningful as Dash has here. 9/10 stars.” Starburst.
“Darren Dash has opened a new artery of terror… unlike any book I have ever read… hints of The Twilight Zone, Pines, and Station Eleven.” The Literary Connoisseur.
“Its luckless hero moves from ghastly scenarios to even ghastlier scenarios with such horrid reliability that his story reads like extreme black comedy. 4/5 stars.” SFX.
“Lewis Carroll, L. Frank Baum, and Brett Easton Ellis may have written some weird stuff, but An Other Place tops all of it, both in terms of re-readability and overall scope.” Dread Central.
“This book really did blow my mind… each page turn was both chilling and thrilling in equal measure… the conclusion left me with goosebumps. 5/5!” Rachel Hobbs, author.
“Dash’s surreal tale has its share of unsettling moments. There’s also an abundance of intriguing peculiarities. An often baffling tale, but its protagonist’s wry commentary is undeniably entertaining.” Kirkus — a Recommended Read.
“An Other Place is a deliciously quirky novel that is surreal and powerful in equal measure. This is by far Dash’s best work to date. It is challenging and absurd, artistically brave and politically conscious, but this abstract painting of a novel is one thing above all else… completely original.” Books, Films & Random Lunacy.
“This story had me hooked from the get go… an ending that sent my mind into a spin. 5 stars.” Reviews And Randomness.
“This book is utterly unique… I was amazed at how well Dash could create this baffling world from scratch and draw me into it so completely. 5 stars.” A Place In Which Jessie Writes.
“If Jonathan Swift wrote horror, he might have written An Other Place. Powerful, imaginative, and occasionally disturbing, An Other Place will linger in the reader’s mind long after the last page is turned.” Safie Maken Finlay, author.
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Five Star Review on Amazon by Kindle Customer
I have been a huge fan of Darrens writing for many years. I have read many of his books and once again he has outdone himself. This book follows the life, death and afterlife of a character named Newman. In this story he faces his own mortality and the question of how far he is willing to go to preserve his life. It brings up thought of what makes a person who they are. How easy it can be to lose sight of yourself in a difficult situation and how you define yourself as a human being.
About the Author
Darren Dash is better known as Darren Shan, under which name he has sold over 25 million books worldwide, mainly in the YA market. While Darren is still in love with the world of YA and as active on that front as ever, he is now also exploring the darker world of the night with his adult works, as Darren Dash.
Darren’s real name is Darren O’Shaughnessy. He was born on July 2, 1972, in London, but is Irish (despite the strong Cockney accent that he has never lost) and has spent most of his life in Limerick in Ireland, where he now lives with his wife and son.
Darren went to school in Limerick, then studied Sociology and English at Roehampton University in London. He worked for a cable television company in Limerick for a couple of years, before setting up as a full-time writer at the age of 23. Darren was 17 when he finished his first novel. (It has yet to be published, but hopefully he’ll get around to rewriting and editing it into shape for a future Darren Dash release.) For the next several years, sandwiched between university and work, he wrote a book a year, experimenting with different ideas, genres, lengths and styles. When he started writing full-time, his output shot up to 5 to 6 books per year, and although that has dipped in recent years, he has still been an incredibly prolific author, releasing 49 books between February 1999 and December 2016.
All of his early books were adult-oriented, and his initial breakthrough was with an adult book, in February 1999, called “Ayuamarca” (later republished as “Procession of the Dead” under the Darren Shan banner), the first of a trilogy of books known as “The City”. That was followed by “Hell’s Horizon” in February 2000. Then, several years later, when the first two were re-edited and re-released, he published the third book, “City of the Snakes”. All of these came out under the Darren Shan name, as did a one-off thriller with supernatural elements called “Lady Of The Shades.” But Darren never felt comfortable releasing his adult work under the same name as his YA work, and decided to create a new pseudonym for his more mature novels in 2014 — which led to the birth of Darren Dash.
A big film buff, with a collection of nearly five thousand movies on DVD, Darren also reads lots of books and comics, and likes to study and collect original artwork, especially comic art, modern art, and sculptures. Other interests include long walks, watching football (he’s a Tottenham Hotspur and Ireland fan), listening to pop and rock music, theatre, worldwide travel, sampling the delights of both gourmet cuisine and finger-licking junk food, and dreaming up new ways to disturb and entertain his readers!
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