A troubled single mother goes missing. A highly unusual sexually-transmitted infection spreads around a small town. Two bodies wash up on a beach.

Are these seemingly unrelated events connected to a government plot to eliminate undesirable members of society; an ancient myth about an Indian chief; a series of unsolved copycat murders; or to a self-proclaimed shaman and tattooist – a man who believes his body art is infused with magical powers?

Hundreds of people eventually succumb to the infection. The town is quarantined. The shaman’s tattoos do indeed come to life, inciting gruesome acts of violence. In a supernatural twist, the missing woman becomes an unlikely hero – a wrathful conduit – avenging a great evil perpetrated against a peaceful tribe of people hundreds of years ago.

Praise for The Girl in the Empty Room

Gripping Novel of How an Antagonist Becomes the Protagonist

Neil Randall’s, “The Girl in the Empty Room,” is an example of a dangerous addictive novel, which involves everything I love in a thriller: suspense, mystery, and murder.

The book opens up with the main character Jacqueline, who has missed picking up her two kids from school, which already leads her parents to suspect that she has gone missing.

Before her disappearance, we learn that Jacqueline is a single parent whose life has been dominated by hardcore drugs, which has slowly crippled her life. Thinking she had met the man that will change her lifestyle, she soon discovers that he has been cheating on her with another woman, and if that wasn’t enough, he also transmitted an STI to her.

Absolutely distraught, she devises a plan, with the help of another man, to start infecting her town with the STI in an attempt to succumb all the men and women she deems unworthy. With a vengeful heart, it begins to quickly spread around the city, and it’s up to the main detective to not only find out what happened to Jacqueline, but also find a way to stop the disease from infecting everyone.

Randall’s timeline works flawlessly in going back into the past before Jacqueline’s disappearance and the present. This helps build the character development around Jacqueline. He is able to easily create an example of an individual you despise at the beginning, but eventually, as you learn more about her, you begin to fall in love with the idea of her character struggling against her morals to do the right thing.

Anyone that enjoys a Dennis Lehane novel will be thrilled about this book from start to finish.

 – Alec Caruso, Author of The Sacrifice
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When an office worker receives a photograph of a grisly murder scene, he thinks it’s a prank, not the start of a killing spree where he knows every victim.

Nigel Barrowman, a solitary man suffering from mental health issues, is implicated in a macabre set of killings, drawn into a dark world of subterfuge and deception, which leaves him questioning his own sanity.

As the police investigation progresses, Randolph discovers evidence that he may have been experimented upon as a child during radical hypnotherapy sessions, and is now victim of a high-level cover-up.

Only if he can piece together what happened to him during the controversial psychiatric treatment of his youth, can he ever hope to find the truth.


ISOLATION is a sure-fire page-turner, constantly suffused with the questions of “what next” and “what really happened” inextricably intertwined. Readers will be on the edge of their seats trying to ascertain the facts, and beyond that, the truth of the facts. Fans of the 1960’s TV series “The Prisoner” will witness similar overtones, and literate readers will see glimpses of the nightmarish dystopia of “1984,” and of the unspeakable mind-control experimentation of “Firestarter.” But ISOLATION stands on its own substantial merits, a novel which will ring long in memory.

To say this is the most bizarre book I have ever read is an understatement! It’s like One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest meets The Silver Linings Playbook. I adored the narrator, Nigel as well as the twists and turns on literally every page as he desperately tries to solve the brutal murders of others in the experimental “support” group he was involved in as a teen. Nothing is what it seems…I stayed up until the middle of the night to finish this one! A must-read for sure!

Isolation is a disturbing story. Beginning with such an ordinary, believable and, to many I would suspect, mind-numbingly recogisable start to the working week, it becomes at first alarming but then bizarre. At one point I was thinking, no, this is too weird! But then the weirdness itself becomes intriguing, as how can the story possible pan out? The answer is as chilling as it is sad and is left, to a certain extent, for the reader to make up their own mind.

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With Randall, the jury is still out. Tales of his own life are as strange as the very stories he writes. In a sense, Randall is a legend in his own front room, a holy drinker…tender, belligerent, a contradiction…these fifteen exceptional, highly original short stories come pounding out of a violent, unique, depraved mind…you cannot read tales of magic suits, talking dogs and deformed hands and ever come away the same again.

“Randall…is an intriguing writer who kept me entranced from start to finish. His writing style is bold, intense, disturbing, thought provoking, and very descriptive, with strong imagery.” – Cindy Taylor, AllBooks Review

“‘Tales of Ordinary Sadness’ is a fantastic collection of stories that will shock, challenge and delight. The writing is so perceptive it’s almost unnerving. 5 out of 5 stars from me.” – Rowena Wiseman, Author of “The Replacement Wife,” (HarperCollins) –*

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A dark mystery thriller with a terrifying twist from the author of ‘A Quiet Place to Die’

DISCLAIMER: A demented tale of ultimate revenge that is not for the faint-hearted.

When a renowned film maker’s girlfriend disappears from a busy London pub, he fears the worst. But nothing could prepare him for what was about to unfold.

A bitter former friend, cultural terrorists and a gruesome discovery direct him to the horrifying truth…

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A grieving man is about to wake up a sleepy fishing village and a crooked local builder is about to take one hell of a fall. This is the story of two very different men on a very definite and catastrophic collision course.

A gripping and fast-paced 30,000 word novella. Straw Dogs with British bite.

“Randall builds and maintains the tension throughout…finally coming together at the end for a highly charged confrontation.”

Jane Brown,, said of the book:

“…this was a great read and then I could not put this book down.There are some interesting and strange characters with great descriptions. Bobby Philips has relocated to a sleepy fishing village following a strange tragedy. His next door neighbour is a local builder with a reputation as a rogue in his trade. The author teases the reader by giving us small amounts of information about Bobby’s tragedy to keep the pages turning. At the same time a dark comedy flows through.

The twist at the end is explosive and it was a great end to the story. I expect to hear a lot more about the author Neil Randall over the coming years.
Rating: Highly recommended!
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When Maximov the Drinker collapses on his settee after a five-day binge, visions of his first love and glimpses of life as it once was, and can never be again, flood his mind. A horrible sense of sadness and regret overwhelms him he has wasted his youthful years on drink. When his housekeeper enters the room the next morning, she finds in place of her master, a vat of ruby-red wine. The local priest, captain of the military garrison, and Chernov-the-Moneylender, visit the house. Awed by such a strange and compelling sight, they agree to keep the discovery between themselves until a military delegation arrives from Petersburg. However, none of them can resist sampling the wine, each experiencing wondrous visions. What’s more, the vat miraculously replenishes itself, providing an inexhaustible supply. The Holy Drinker is written in the style of a Gogolian fable. It is set in a provincial Russian town at the turn of the twentieth century.

Praise for The Holy Drinker

This mystical and entertaining fable engages from the outset, conveying period details of rural Russian life and the nature and relationships of the multiple characters with sparse but effective detail. I thoroughly enjoyed it. ”

Janet Williamson, The Historical Novel Society 

The novel comes across as something authentic from a long-forgotten yet not yet overcome past…Strindbergian in proportion, with dreams and drunken hallucinations as symbols of a better utopian world. All in all, this novel can be called a post-modern novel in the best sense of the word.”

Professor Slobodanka Millicent Vladiv-Glover, School of Languages, Literature, Culture and Linguistics, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

“Randall draws on the Gogolian tradition, writing something that is essentially a long short story, a popular genre in Russian literature. Like Gogol the action moves swiftly and is highly entertaining, incorporating folk beliefs and elements of the supernatural, and a cast of distinctive characters.”

Professor Faith Wigzell, ULC School of Slavonic and Eastern European Studies

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Turgenovsky is a second-rate writer whose literary aspirations far outweigh his talents. When arrested with student friends, he is drawn into revolutionary circles more through chance than conviction, having an unwitting impact on the earth-shattering events taking place around him. During the Civil War, he denounces another writer, steals his manuscript, and rises to the summit of Soviet society, eventually coming under Stalin’s patronage. The future Party leader realizes how useful this ambitious young man could be, and writes articles under his name, criticizing anyone opposed to his own political views. Scarred by a brutal upbringing and an unrequited passion for his half-sister, Turgenovsky never lets anybody get too close. He has lovers and colleagues arrested if they threaten to expose him as a fraud. In the sixties, another version of the stolen novel surfaces and Turgenovsky battles to keep his reputation intact, writers like Solzhenitsyn question his true credentials, but with much connivance he manages to distance himself from such claims, and is eventually awarded the Nobel Prize. This novel is inspired by allegations levelled at Mikhail Sholokhov regarding the true authorship of And Quiet Flows the Don, satirizing the delusional foundations of a totalitarian regime. It is about a mediocre man–like so many others–who flourishes in a society which claims to eradicate inequality, but only succeeds in propagating it to new, untold heights.

Praise for The Butterfly and the Wheel

‘A powerful, panoramic view of the history of the Soviet Union, told through one man’s eyes. This is a novel to savour.’ (William Ryan, author of The Holy Thief, Pan Macmillan) 

Drawn by the Russian backdrop, I was held by the dry humour, the flamboyantly Russian characters and the unlikely juxtaposition of Lenin, Trotsky and a grubby little self serving writer all caught up in the glorious revolution.’ (Frances Kaye, author of Micka, Picador).

‘This is a book that deserves the highest respect, a brilliant example of historical/literary fiction. I can’t wait to put it on my shelf next to my Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky and Chekhov.’ (John Campbell, author of Walk to Paradise Garden).

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