I was lucky enough to be a beta reader on this, the final novella in Stephen Volk’s mind-blowing trilogy of works which had previously explored the lives of Peter Cushing and Alfred Hitchcock. ‘Netherwood’ is about two men, the jingoistic occult-author Dennis Wheatley and ‘The Great Beast’, Aleister Crowley. Steve creates a fictional account that you will believe actually happened by the end of the novella. Volk evokes the time, the sensibilities, the craziness and the inherent danger in dealing with a once great bull, bloodied but not yet done by the matador’s sword. A stunning work.
First published in The Dark Masters Trilogy, PS Publishing, 2018