In present day England, a birthday dinner for college lecturer Alex Webber sends his life spiralling out of control as a series of disturbing hallucinations lead him to the office of Dr. Ellen Hayward. And things will never be the same again for either of them. Hunted by an immortal being known only as “The Infinity,” their capture could mean the end of humanity itself…
Part horror story, part thrilling road adventure, part historical drama, Before is a novel like no other. Called “the dark fantasy version of Cloud Atlas,” Kane’s Before is as wide in scope as it is in imagination as it tackles the greatest questions haunting mankind: Who are we? Why are we here? And where are we going?
A mind-bending journey through the past, present and future, Before opens in a psychiatric hospital in 1970s Germany where a patient nearing the end of his life speaks again for the first time in years. Fast-forward to England today where college professor Alex Webber is celebrating his birthday with family and friends, an occasion that unexpectedly sends him into a terrifying downward spiral where he is plagued by a series of disturbing, hallucinatory visions that threaten his own life and, ultimately, becomes a high-stakes gamble for the souls of all humanity.
As an award-winning, bestselling British author and editor of over seventy books, Kane’s work includes the recent hit novel Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell, the Arrowhead trilogy (later released as the sellout Hooded Man omnibus), plus The Butterfly Man and Other Stories, Hellbound Hearts, The Mammoth Book of Body Horror and more.
Paul Kane’s Before is a full-throttled dark fantasy adventure from the Chicago-based independent publisher Grey Matter Press. Before will be released on September 5, 2017 in celebration of our five-year anniversary. Secure your deeply discounted copy of Before by pre-ordering from the Grey Matter Press Bookstore today. (Pre-order discounts end August 31, 2017.)