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The Platinum Raven and other novellas


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THE PLATINUM RAVEN: Raven: 1 A sudden white rabbit. The Chocolate Raven: 2 The most beautiful building in the world, 3 Fronds A to P, 4 Chocolate hair on white silk, 5 The bellow on the rock-slopes. The Platinum Raven: 6 Platinum hair on black silk, 7 Purple and red and yellow and ... on fire, 8 The mad-faced tower in the mountains, 9 The squirly brown windows in the turret, 10 Santa Monica Boulevard, 11 In the arms of the man from the garden of love, 12 The pug among the struts, in the pale blue strait-jacket, 13 Black and rust and ochre over the plain, 14 Slinky-smooth in the mirror mist, 15 Planets hanging heavy, 16 The adventures of the dead girl, 17 A kiss of jagged glass, 18 I see you!, 19 Mirrors in the labyrinth, 20 Analysis of motion through CCTV, 21 The Platinum Raven's message-in-a-bottle, 22 The black and red flower, 23 The point of silver in the dawn, 24 Catch you later! The Chocolate Raven: 25 Electric aliveness and happiness, remembered, 26 Scent of fucked-up dark devouring hunger, 27 Through the Spire to the Pinnacle, 28 Whisper of Scorpio, 29 Flash of Amber in Scorpio, 30 Two Ravens on the freeway. Raven: 31 The hair in the corridor. THE HOST IN THE ATTIC: I Imminent completion of masterpiece, II Portrait captures first corruption, III Addicted to the image, IV First cruelty of addiction, V Portrait infected and shut away, VI Horror beneath glamour, VII ...A decade later, VIII The Furies close in and feign defeat, IX Nemesis. APRICOT EYES: 1 Jaymi's hunt for Scorpio, 2 The black-thighed scorpion, 3 The stalking on the subway train, 4 The girls on West Fourteenth Street, 5 The golden limousine and the sudden hanging legs, 6 Ten screens of eyes in the neon, 7 Phaon and the second like a teardrop, 8 Screeching worms, 9 A lapful of broken glass, 10 A drag-queen drives a tanker, 11 Ecstasy in Hunts Point. HALLUCINATION IN HONG KONG: 1 So here is the horror, to sicken the sun, 2 Love among the spires and the fountains, 3 Oh, my Angel.

About the Author

Rohan Quine is an author of literary fiction with a touch of magical realism and a dusting of horror. He grew up in South London, spent a couple of years in L.A. and then a decade in New York, where he ran around excitably, saying a few well-chosen words in various feature films and TV shows, such as "Zoolander", "Election", "Oz", "Third Watch", "100 Centre Street", "The Last Days of Disco", "The Basketball Diaries", "Spin City" and "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (see www.rohanquine.com/those-new-york-nineties/film-tv).

He's now living back in East London, as an Imagination Thief. In addition to its paperback format, his novel THE IMAGINATION THIEF is available as an ebook that contains links to film and audio and photographic content in conjunction with the text. See www.rohanquine.com/press-media/the-imagination-thief-reviews-media for some nice reviews in "The Guardian", "Bookmuse", "indieBerlin" and elsewhere. It's about a web of secrets triggered by the stealing and copying of people's imaginations and memories, the magic that can be conjured by images of people, the split between beauty and happiness, and the allure of power.

Four novellas - THE PLATINUM RAVEN, THE HOST IN THE ATTIC, APRICOT EYES and HALLUCINATION IN HONG KONG - are published as separate ebooks, and also as a single paperback THE PLATINUM RAVEN AND OTHER NOVELLAS. See www.rohanquine.com/press-media/the-novellas-reviews-media for reviews of these novellas, including by Iris Murdoch, James Purdy, "Lambda Book Report" and "New York Press". Hunting as a pack, all four delve deep into the beauty, darkness and mirth of this predicament called life, where we seem to have been dropped without sufficient consultation ahead of time.

His new novel THE BEASTS OF ELECTRA DRIVE is a prequel to the above five tales, and a great place to start. See www.rohanquine.com/press-media/the-beasts-of-electra-drive-reviews-media for reviews by "Kirkus", "Bookmuse", "Bending the Bookshelf" and others. From Hollywood mansions to South Central motels, havoc and love are wrought across a mythic L.A., through the creations of games designer Jaymi, in a unique explosion of glamour and beauty, horror and enchantment, celebrating the magic of creativity itself.

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"Rohan Quine is one of the most original voices in the literary world today - and one of the most brilliant." -"Guardian" Books blogger Dan Holloway

"The swooping eloquence of this book had me hypnotised. Quine leaps into pools of imagery, delighting in what words can do. The fact that the reader is lured into joining this kaleidoscopic, elemental ballet marks this out as something fresh and unusual. In addition to the language, two other elements make their mark. The seaside ghost town with echoes of the past and the absorbing, varied and rich cast of characters. It's a story with a concept, place and people you'll find hard to leave." -JJ Marsh, "Bookmuse"

"Quine is renowned for his rich, inventive and original prose, and he is skilled at blending contemporary and ancient icons and themes." -Debbie Young, "Vine Leaves Literary Journal"


"Rohan Quine is one of the most brilliant and original writers around. His 'The Imagination Thief' blended written and spoken word and visuals to create one of the most haunting and complex explorations of the dark corners of the soul you will ever read. Never one to do something simple when something more complex can build up the layers more beautifully, he is back with a collection of 4 seamlessly interwoven novellas. [...] suffice to say he is the consummate master of sentencecraft. His prose is a warming sea on which to float and luxuriate. But that is only half of the picture. He has a remarkable insight into the human psyche, and he demonstrates it by lacquering layer on layer of subtle observation and nuance. Allow yourself to slip from the slick surface of the water and you will soon find yourself tangled in a very deep and disturbing world, but the dangers that lurk beneath the surface are so enticing, so intoxicating it is impossible to resist their call." "It would be remiss of me not to take this opportunity to bring people's attention to a truly remarkable book. Rohan Quine writes right at the boundary between literary fiction and experimentalism, and his new collection of four novellas, `The Platinum Raven and other novellas', is a genuine masterpiece. This guy is as good as [Sergio] De La Pava, and deserves to be the next self-published literary author to cross over into mainstream consciousness" (in "SPR"). "Rohan is one of the most original voices in the literary world today - and one of the most brilliant." "four stunning new novellas by one of the most exciting literary writers in the UK." - Dan Holloway, novelist, poet and "Guardian" blogger "Rohan Quine is a master of words, his world is also accessible, and it's a place you definitely need to visit. With echoes of Jennifer Egan's `Goon Squad', Quine captures all that is beautiful, but he doesn't shy away from all that is ugly. What links the four novellas together is that his characters are all searching for that something beyond the everyday, beyond the ordinary, and Quine is a god, having them dole out kindness and justice. In his world, everything that is commonplace would be annihilated. This is the kind of read you have to give yourself up to. [...] When you emerge on the other side with a greater understanding of what it means to be `that animal called human', then that will be the time to stop and ask, `What just happened?'" "Rohan Quine is a poet who happens to write novellas/novels. Incredible use of language." - Jane Davis, novelist "Novelist Rohan Quine not only has several books out. He also has a career in alternative modeling and film to look back on. Naturally, he has gone on to make a series of silent short films to go with an audio track of the author reading from his work. It's flooded with city lights, drugs and darkness. One foot in the New York Nineties, and one foot in today's London, it's both hypnotic and gut-churning." - Polly Trope, novelist, writing in "indieBerlin" "A cautionary tale of the potential corrupting power both of vanity and of the internet plays out in modern London's high-tech dockland offices and luxury apartments, with brief forays to lavish West End hotels and country houses. [...] As the story becomes ever darker, gentle touches of humour provide a little light relief. I particularly enjoyed the characterisation of the women, especially the wonderfully petulant Angel Deon [...]. While at first this parable's main purpose may seem to rage against the principles of a high tech, monopolistic, capitalist world that enable individuals to lead unspeakably privileged lives above the law, it is at the same time a cautionary tale against narcissism and the abandonment of love and compassion for others. This broader theme gives the story its true heart and depth. Quine is renowned for his rich, inventive and original prose, and he is skilled at blending contemporary and ancient icons and themes. [...] an interesting approach to dialogue, blending idiom and phraseology from different eras, from Victorian times through 20th century popular film culture to the modern day. [...] There are some classic moments of horror that are very filmic, including one on a par with the Psycho shower scene. Without giving too much away, I can imagine this book might put readers off accessing their own attics for a while." - Debbie Young, novelist and Amazon UK 1,000 Reviewer, writing in "Vine Leaves Literary Journal", about "The Host in the Attic" "This is an extraordinary writer. I am going to gorge myself on these novellas as soon as I possibly can." - JJ Marsh, novelist "cerebral works full of brilliant imagery and invention. This series of novellas are all well crafted and designed to draw the reader in to the shifting realities of their settings. The title novella `The Platinum Raven' in fact has two young women in two narratives [...] very vividly described. There are elements of magical realism and alternate reality throughout. At times the two Ravens appear to communicate but the levels of reality are enigmatic and intriguing. `The Host in the Attic' is a beautifully reinterpreted version of `The Picture of Dorian Gray' set in a high-tech dystopian world and a sinister computer global company - Mainframe Corporation, which appears to permeate every level of society. The hologram corporate image logo is in essence Dorian. All the main characters from Wilde's novel are here in more modern form. It has a tremendous and horrific climax. The horror novella `Apricot Eyes' is a fast-paced horror tale in a nightmarish New York. `Hallucination in Hong Kong' is a mysterious tale of past and present, dreams and waking with horror and love themes. The whole collection is a roller-coaster of at times nightmarish perceptions and strange surreal happenings brilliantly imagined. The tales leave a lasting impression and I recommend highly." - Alexander Gordon-Wood, actor

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