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Flesh and Blood

Flesh and Blood

(Most recent edition: December 2013; infinite press.)

Flesh and Blood

Matt's home life is falling to pieces as his mother seeks refuge from divorce by returning to the seaside town where she grew up. Separated from his friends, bored and discontented, Matt gradually becomes aware that his mother's family are the keepers of a terrifying secret.


"Gifford infuses the novel with fresh twists and endows his characters with a vivid realism ... a sober, well-paced and genuinely frightening horror novel. If there is a fright-fan of 14+ in your life (who you would like to keep awake for a night or two), this will be most gratefully received." Inis magazine

"...an excellent piece of quiet horror with the occasional really nasty moment." Atu XVIII Book Review Site

"Piggies was certainly good, but Flesh & Blood marks an advance on it ... an effective horror story that could well appeal to a wider audience than its targeted one, though anyone too squeamish should beware some parts of it." The Zone

"An even better novel than Piggies, which was pretty damn good ... Excellent stuff. I hope there's more!" infinity plus

"Nick Gifford creates a vivid and disturbing world... Although the publisher describes this as a horror story it does not adhere to the traditional recipe ... what is more scary than goblins and ghouls about this plot is the believable predicament Matt finds himself in ... I enjoyed reading this novel and feel it appeals successfully to a wide age range." Children's Books UK

"Another great teen thriller." Spot On

"The pacing and plotting in this novel are superb. Twists and surprises occur at unpredictable intervals. And the ending is a blend of hope and menace ... achieves a level of excellence equivalent to one of Ramsey Campbell's books, neither condescending to his youthful readers nor slighting his adult ones. Now, that's a truly scary accomplishment!" Asimov's SF Magazine

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