Saturday, May 12, 2018

Darkview Part One: Psychosis by R.J. Bathgate and M.J. Hall

About the Book
Title: Darkview Part One: Psychosis
Author: R.J. Bathgate and M.J. Hall
Genre: Ghosts / Paranormal / Horror
Take a journey into the disturbed, delusional mind of Jack Cyrus ... take a journey into Darkview ... a small,
remote coastal town, deep within the Scottish Highlands.

The sleepy, isolated spot bears a sinister, horrific history, shrouded by a chilling secret. A secret one man
must unveil, which will ravage his soul ... and sanity!

Jack Cyrus is in damnation!

After witnessing the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, he has become plagued by dark memories and devilish
visions, the result of post traumatic stress.

After returning home to Scotland and compounding his trauma, he is faced with the sudden death of his
wife, from cancer.

Lost, alone, and struggling to forget the horrific circumstances surrounding her passing, Jack has developed
schizophrenia, experiencing chaotic, disturbed thoughts and demonic hallucinations.

On the sixth anniversary of his wife's death, Jack receives a cryptic, hand written letter from her, telling him
she is still alive. Suffering and held captive, she pleads with him to return to Darkview, the place she spent
her last days, and rescue her from purgatory.

Upon arrival in Darkview, strange things start happening, and what appears to be a centuries old mystery,
starts unravelling itself.

Jack must piece together the clues and lost fragments of his sanity to solve the unravelling mystery.

Is any of it real, or is it just a manifestation of Jack's mind, or another facet of his schizophrenia?

Excerpt #1

Where are you? Why have you abandoned me? Why, Jack? Why? You promised you would never leave me … that you would never hurt me. Help me. I’m scared. I can’t remember how I got here. I’m in that place again, the place I spent my last days. But it’s different. It’s dark, always dark. It’s not as I remember it at all. I’m in pain. A pain you cannot understand. I don’t know how or why I’m here. Please help me. Please come and take me home!
I love you Jack
FAA Chloe

At the end of every letter Chloe sent Jack, she wrote FAA—Forever and Always before her name. It was their little peace of mind, their little piece of trust. To anyone who read the correspondence which passed between the couple it may have seemed over the top, but to Jack Forever and Always meant the world. When he spent half the year working in Africa FAA affirmed that Chloe was waiting, faithful and devoted, for him. Perhaps it was because Jack felt insecure that FAA provided the reassurance he needed, especially when so far away from home.
However, Chloe had stopped writing to Jack six years ago, so receiving this was bizarre. There was no explaining it. The strangest thing about this letter wasn’t the bloody fingerprint stains, or the fact that the handwriting was most definitely Chloe’s, it was the date she had supposedly written it: June 6, 2001. Exactly six years after her death.

Author Bio
R.J. Bathgate, born and bred in Scotland, is the creator and co-author of Darkview:
Psychosis. A father of two, and enormously proud of his heritage, he has studied
psychology, social sciences, and is currently working towards an advanced diploma
in psychotherapeutic counselling and hypnotherapy. His heart lies with new
experiences and an interest into the unknown, particularly with writing. He has
travelled the world from the dusty, wildlife-filled plains of Zambia, to the glaciers
of Alaska, and the soaring peaks of the Canadian Rockies. He is extremely fond of
NHL ice hockey, video games, good films, fine wine, and Jack Daniels. He originally
wrote Darkview as a screenplay when living in Canada, but upon returning to
Scotland, researched mental health issues, namely psychosis and schizophrenia.
Inspired by this research, he brought in his lifelong friend, M.J. Hall, to help
create a more realistic take on Darkview. The result is a story that combines
traditional Scottish history with real life, catastrophic world events, told through
the eyes of the protagonist, Jack Cyrus.

M.J. Hall was born in Stockport, Greater Manchester, at the turn of the eighties.
Despite being born in England, he identifies more with his ‘adopted’ country,
Scotland – he’s lived there since he was four, and his late maternal grandfather was
Scottish, too. He presently lives in Edinburgh and is currently studying
Environmental Science at the Open University, but has always dreamed of a career
in music or writing, or both. He is vegetarian, loves animals (especially cats) and
is devoted to his black and white moggy, Tahlula. He humbly admits being just a
small voice in a big chorus, and his life changed for the better, or at least would
never be the same, when his lifelong and best friend – R.J. Bathgate – invited him
to collaborate on Darkview.

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