Paul Meloy was born in 1966 in South London. He is the author of Islington Crocodiles and Dogs With Their Eyes Shut, and the forthcoming collection Electric Breakfast. His work has been published in Black Static, Interzone and a variety of award-winning anthologies. He lives in Devon with his family. The Night Clock is his long-awaited debut novel.
The Night Clock
Released 5 November 2015
Phil Trevena’s boss is an idiot, his daughter is running wild, and his patients are killing themselves.
There is something terrible growing in Phil that even his years as a mental health worker can’t explain - until he meets the enigmatic Daniel, and learns of the war for the minds of humanity that rages in Dark Time, the space between reality and nightmares measured by the Night Clock.
Drawn into the conflict, Phil and Daniel encounter the Firmament Surgeons, a brave and strange band that are all that prevents the nightmarish ranks of the Autoscopes overrunning us. The enemy is fuelled by a limitless hatred that could rip our reality apart. To end the war the darkness that dwells in the shadow of the Night Clock must be defeated...
Paul Meloy’s extraordinarily rich debut novel introduces us to a world just beyond our own, shattering our preconceptions about creativity and the human mind, and presenting us with a novel like no other.
“In the stories of Paul Meloy – where walk the living dead, genetically modified pandas, and the mad and terrible Nurse Melt, among others – raw, tell-it-like-it-is comedy brawls with trippy horror in a cage match for the human soul. Take a front row seat. Try not to get any blood on you” - Joe Hill
“Paul Meloy has long been one of my favourite short fiction writers. When we first took on Solaris in 2009, he was one of first authors I approached about writing a novel for us. It’s taken a few years but the wait has been well worth it. Meloy’s stories are poetic, extraordinary and phantasmagoric, but, most importantly, they ring true. Paul’s insights into mental health, the artistry of madness and the revelatory nature of the best genre fiction are what makes him one of most exciting writers working today.” Jonathan Oliver, Solaris Editor-in-Chief