Raven and Skull

Raven and Skull After a week of horror and upset six colleagues from the Raven and Skull offices get together in the pub to exchange stories and decide which of them has had the worst week Each one has had a week pl

  • Title: Raven and Skull
  • Author: Ashley Lister
  • ISBN: 9781910720530
  • Page: 325
  • Format: Paperback
  • After a week of horror and upset, six colleagues from the Raven and Skull offices get together in the pub to exchange stories and decide which of them has had the worst week Each one has had a week plagued by adultery, theft, betrayal, murder, cannibalism, black magic and death The stories they share are dark and twisted and reflect the regular reality of Raven and SkullAfter a week of horror and upset, six colleagues from the Raven and Skull offices get together in the pub to exchange stories and decide which of them has had the worst week Each one has had a week plagued by adultery, theft, betrayal, murder, cannibalism, black magic and death The stories they share are dark and twisted and reflect the regular reality of Raven and Skull Do you dare to hear what they have to say

    One thought on “Raven and Skull”

    1. Thoroughly enjoyable tale populated some really nasty bastards (who entertained me from start to finish). Also fun to read a book that, on the surface, seems to be a bunch of short stories but is a lot more. Definitely recommended.

    2. Ashley Lister’s ‘Raven and Skull’ is wicked fun: a paranormal page-turner with multiple murder mysteries, a thrilling heist caper and a scintillating occult horror story all served up together in a pleasingly steamy Rashomon-style narrative. Mining modern office life for all its foibles and follies, Lister draws on the drudgery, the petty stresses born of endless routine and unrelenting boredom, for a fantasy that never fails to entertain. There are the vicious rumors—most of them true [...]

    3. Review published on strandedintoronto:"Tell us about a time you nearly died, Tony."I met Ashley Lister at Eroticon 2014 in Bristol, UK. He was giving a lecture on using the basics of Joseph Campbell's "Hero's Journey" in romance and erotic writing. I was one of the faceless attendees that day and, as Mrs. Stranded and I often joke, the only one in the room with no accent. That Lister was hitting on the Campbell note, the same note that inspired one named Lucas to write "Star Wars", was one of th [...]

    4. I quite enjoyed the premise of this story but there were issues with it. I am not here to disparage indie writers, but I think a good editor would have picked up inconsistencies, and I wasn't comfortable with what came off as casual misogyny. I know the characters were supposed to be unlikeable but the novel contained lots of derogatory references to women and female appearances which weren't balanced.

    5. I had to wait a while to receive the book - presumably it was in demand when first published - so have only recently had the opportunity to read it. Now I've finished it following some late night reading sessions. Guess what? It's good. "Proper good."It didn't scare me; perhaps that's just my nature. But I wasn't looking for that - I read books to be entertained and enjoy a good yarn. This one is.Before reading it, I was sort of aware it was a collection of tales from a group of work colleagues. [...]

    6. Oh I so enjoyed reading this book. It's like a throw back to old anthology horror movies like "Tales of Terror" (1962) and "Dr Terror's House of Horros" (1965), where you have a number of characters all conected telling their own personal stories of horror. In this case it is the staff of "Raven & Skull" who have had a very bad week and have decided to go out for an end of the week drink. It is the bar where they each tell their taleAnd I will not spoil it. Ashley Lister has a writing style [...]

    7. This book is THAT good it somehow made me feel like a teenager again. It would have lent itself perfectly to the legendary Hammer House of Horror films I loved to watch, from behind the sofa, in my youth. The twisted tales told by the employees at Raven and Skull are rich with the devilishly deviant humour of the author. As I read it there were instances where I found myself struggling to supress a Dick Dastardly style snigger ( or do I mean Muttley?) at the turn of events. It's a collection of [...]

    8. I wrote this book, so obviously I'm going to give it a five star review, but I had a lot of fun writing it and my beta readers have given the title a lot of praise. If you do get a chance to read this one I'd love to know what you think to the title.

    9. Very good - I enjoyed this book a lot. The six different stories are very well woven together, and even though the 'plot twist' becomes pretty obvious about half way through the book, it doesn't matter because there's a lot of good story telling all the way to the end.

    10. I can see what the author is trying to do but what works by suggestion visually in a Hammer Horror anthology film does not work in print. There is no tension, no knowing irony, not even any dark humour and the ending is a huge let down.

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