Published by Quercus Books (2010)
Jack finished university three years ago, but he’s still stuck in a dead-end job in a sinister call-centre in Manchester. When the beautiful (and rich) Jennifer comes into his life he thinks he has finally found his ticket out of there. Trouble is that his boss is interested in Jennifer as well, and there’s something strangely bestial about him…
So when Jennifer buys Fell House, a mysterious old mansion out in remote Cumbria, a house party on a legendary scale seems like the perfect escape. But as the party spins out of control on a seemingly neverending night, they must face up to the terrifying possibility that not all their guests may be human – and some of them want to feed.
“Strong, convincing characters and great atmosphere. Bleak and compelling, this unusual mixture of grubby social realism with folklore and superstition stands out from the crowd” – The Times
“I haven’t been so blown away by a horror debut since I first read Clive Barker’s Books of Blood twenty-five years ago. The Leaping is everything that good fiction should be—it is compelling, relevant and original … like a dark, corrupt fairytale, oozing with dread and ancient menace” – Mark Morris, author, Fatal Error
“A book that’s stiff with foreboding and dread right from the start … It’s a literary, literate horror novel—and has a mordant, knowing, blackly ironic style to it. But it’s relentless, too, in its avowed intention of scaring the life out of its readers, with everything it can throw at us” – Paul Magrs, author, Sick Building
“A refreshing take on the werewolf novel” – Fantasy Fiction
“An exceptional debut novel … Definitely a writer to look out for” – SocyBerty