Maximilian Standforth and the Case of the Dangerous Dare is a book pretending to be a gothic Victorian-period mystery. From it’s dashing hero to foggy London streets and abandoned castle, all the markings are there… but hidden underneath is a book questioning the very nature of storytelling.
For a limited time more the book is on sale on amazon (here). You can find the eBook for only $1.99 and the print version (my original vision for the work) for only $9.89. Here is the description of the mad tale:
The cursed and foreboding McGregor Castle is the most terrifying and haunted location in all of the British Empire. Only a brave (or foolish) soul would consider visiting it, let alone staying within its walls for five days. In other words, a perfect dare for a man like Maximilian Standforth!
Maximilian Standforth, famed playboy aristocrat and private detective, is a genius with dangerous tastes. With Bob (his trusty carriage driver, biographer, and body guard) and Maggie Collins (actress, spy, and maid) by his side, Maximilian will experience horrors and madness unlike any seen before. For it is at McGregor Castle that the team will discover more than they ever could imagine in this very experimental and genre-breaking thriller.
Here are some more options to learn about the work on this site:
- You can read two different excerpts from this odd book. The first is part of the first chapter (here); and the second is from later in the book, when our team of heroes is approaching the foreboding and very haunted castle (here).
- There are many influences to the novel. The first is, of course, Sherlock Holmes- “Chasing the Ghost of Sherlock.”
- Not every literary creation is inspired by a giant talking dog, but this is not a normal book- “The Joy and Inspiration of Scooby-Doo.”
- “My Favorite Literary Oddities” a post on three authors who inspired me to try something new can be read here.
- Finally, a post on the creation- My Mad Genius Moment: The Thrill of Writing Something Radically New
I hope you will take this opportunity to check out this novel. If I can promise anything it is that you will be surprised. For nothing in the castle is at seems…
“If you have read any Jasper Fforde, imagine him writing whilst tripping on acid.” A reader from amazon.co.uk