Bleed by Peter M. Ball

Bleed, the sequel to Peter M Ball’s disturbing ‘unicorn noir’ novella of last year, Horn, is now available for pre-order from Twelfth Planet Press. I enjoyed Horn a lot — if enjoyed is the right word exactly — and I’m looking forward to snagging a copy of the sequel . . .

For ten years ex-cop Miriam Aster has been living with her one big mistake – agreeing to kill three men for the exiled Queen of Faerie. But when an old case comes back to haunt her it brings a spectre of the past with it, forcing Aster to ally herself with a stuntwoman and a magic cat in order to rescue a kidnapped TV star from the land of Faerie and stop the half-breed sorcerer who needs Aster’s blood.

Ten years ago Miriam Aster learnt a simple lesson: when a faerie asks you to kill someone, the worst thing you can say is sure. Today she’s about to learn that worse things can happen when the past refuses to stay behind you.