Author Barry Durham is all set to launch his new book in the village where much of it is set and where he also lives.
Thanks to the generosity of Sharon and Roy Pinkett, Brabin’s Shop and Gallery in Chipping will host the event this Sunday, August 3, at 1.30pm.
Fell Creatures is the third supernatural crime novel by Barry, a former Garstang Courier and Longridge News journalist.
It follows his debut with The Demdike Legacy in February, 2012, and Familiar Territory in October ,2013.
The new tale revolves around the discovery of the body of a murdered trail runner in the tarn at Beacon Fell Country Park. This causes all sorts of problems for Det Chief Insp Alf Stone and his team because, according to the police pathologist, this is not the first time he has appeared on his autopsy slab.
The find also points to a possible resurgence of the illegal so-called sport of hare coursing and prompts a young witch from Longridge called Mary Conway to learn the ancient Lancashire craft of becoming a werehare in a bid to nip it in the bud.
But Mary’s intervention uncovers a far more sinister threat as, camped not far from the country park are a group of renegade Romani, led by the wolf-witch Daciana Lupescu, who have fled the Carpathian Mountains of Transylvania and plan to set up a colony on Wolf Fell in the hills behind Chipping.
“I love to write about this part of Lancashire,” said Barry.
“The area is so full of strange tales and legends that it provides lots of inspiration.”
A free tea, coffee or soft drink, plus nibbles, will be offered to everyone who goes along to the launch, and Barry will be happy to chat about his work on the day and signed copies of Fell Creatures and his other novels will be available at a special price.
Visitors can also buy cream teas, assorted cakes and toasted teacakes among other fare.
If you can’t make it on Sunday, August 3, Fell Creatures is available from Amazon.co.uk and via Lulu.co.uk in quality paperback at £10.99 plus postage, or as an ebook to download for most platforms at around £1.90.
You can also find out more about Barry on his website at www.bdeye.me.uk and keep up with his writings on his Facebook page at Barry Durham Author.