In Dark Places by Wyl Menmuir is the first collaborative publishing venture of its kind between university students and a trade publisher. It is the launch title for a series of pocket-size fiction, inspired by the history and environment of National Trust places.
‘There were once people who walked lightly. Who heard, in the space between their footsteps, reverberations and echoes of the fissures and caverns that lay below. Otherworlds and underworlds. Places that spoke to them.’
In this darkly atmospheric story, a young couple on their honeymoon set out to explore Cheddar Gorge, only to find themselves increasingly distanced from one another as the presence of the claustrophobic caves closes in around them…
PRAISE FOR IN DARK PLACES
‘Thoroughly and delightfully brilliant. It has a thrilling sense of deep time. Inspirational stuff.’
Rob Cowen, author of Common Ground
‘In my mid-teens I foolishly signed up with a pot-holing club and spent a number of evenings crawling on my belly through cold, black wetness, genuinely believing I was going to die. In the intervening decades, I figured I’d done a good job of burying the memory right up until the moment I read Wyl Menmuir’s brilliant short story and it popped out of the shadows like some hideous Jack-in-a-Box. Gently, stealthily, In Dark Places leads us ever-deeper into the Cheddar caves, away from the tourist shallows and towards an underworld where few people have ventured and still fewer come out. It’s a cool, polished tale that contains dizzying depths; a whispered ghost-story that makes a vast haunted house of the ground beneath our feet.
Xan Brooks, author of The Clocks in This House All Tell Different Times