Lord of Tears follows troubled teacher James Findlay on a desperate quest for the truth behind his disturbing visions. He returns to his childhood home in the Scottish Highlands, where it all began, and there, in the ancient halls of Baldurrock House, finds horrors beyond imagining. Will the truth set him free? Or damn him?
The third publication from indie horror press Hex Arcana, Lord of Tears is a chilling, twist-filled take on a classic British ghost story, featuring the iconic Owlman. The book is a novelisation of Hex Studios’ 2013 cult classic film of the same name, which featured on numerous ‘Best Of’ lists, won several awards, and most importantly, earned a special place in the hearts of horror fans all over the world.
Following the release of the film, its otherworldly villain, the Owlman, became an international phenomenon. The endlessly creepy cryptid has featured in viral videos with millions of views, been immortalised in collectable figures from Mezco Toys, and counts among his fans celebrities such as Alice Cooper and Slash. Now, for the first time, the Owlman comes to life in the pages of a novel, perhaps in his most terrifying form yet.
The original story, written by Sarah Daly, has been expertly adapted by respected horror author Sean Hogan, writer of acclaimed volumes ‘England’s Screaming’ and ‘Deathline’, for your reading pleasure.
From the first page, Lord of Tears drips with dread and suspense, which only builds as the story unfolds in one gut-wrenching twist after another. Brimming with dark and ancient inspirations, from Celtic mythology to Carthaginian deities, it’s the kind of story that will get under your skin, and haunt you for years to come.
At Hex Arcana, they are passionate about telling bold, original stories, but we’re equally driven to produce beautiful, physical books for you to treasure. A great book transports you to another world, and they believe that it all starts with the front cover. Inspired by the pulp horror novels of the 70s and 80s, they adorn our volumes with beautiful, hand-painted cover art, and Lord of Tears is no exception. They are thrilled to announce that Lisa Falkenstern of legendary ‘Paperbacks from Hell‘ fame, has produced a spectacular painting for the cover, which captures the spirit of that golden era of horror publishing.
But they don’t stop at the cover… Lord of Tears is a meticulous reproduction of the paperbacks of a bygone era. From their careful choice of authentic bookwove material to the dimensions, fonts, and layout, the novel will transport you back to an age where buying a new horror novel was a thrilling, lurid, tantalising, magical experience.
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