Reviewing ‘Soul of Dust’ by Adam Millard

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So Jack Bridge tells us, as he pauses a moment in a tearing race after a daemon in the opening chapters of this paranormal, magical, fantasy cum horror story; a great mash-up of genres–which, dammit, works.

Jack tells his story as if we are his companion, well used to his mannerisms and vocabulary (occasionally R13 rated). The conversational, sardonic at times tone makes this book pleasantly readable–even through scenes which are not, exactly, pleasant.

I loved it! Millard’s writing turns Jack into a real person – though he’s not,  with real purpose – as he has: to rid the world of daemons, spooks, sidhes, vamps, wolves… He works alone, from a shabby office, and carries only one ‘weapon’–and an effective one at that, and enjoys using it:

“At times … I really enjoy my job.”

This is an “eyes-wide” and at times a “laugh-out-loud” read…well suited to fans of Urban Fantasy, the Paranormal, Sleuthing, Investigators, Wizards, Demons, or Magic.

“…shooting me a smile that could melt hearts. Not mine, though. Mine was made of stone, my soul nothing more than dust. Maybe one day that would change, but not today.”

Reviewed for
Roane Black on White

ISBN:  1519691815
ISBN13: 9781519691811

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Adam Millard’s 10 Favourite Authors in his teen years

Author of Soul Of Dust, Adam was kind enoughMILLARD_Soul of Dust
to reveal his reading preferences when younger

As a young man I read everything I could get my grubby little hands on, from horror to fantasy, sci-fi to westerns. It’s tough to compile a list like this, but I’ll give it a shot. In no particular order, here are the ten authors who kept me company at that most awkward moment in one’s life: the teenage years.

Stephen King
He’s the master of horror for a reason, and when I first read The Stand and IT at the grand old age of thirteen, I was immediately hooked. To this day I anticipate every new release.

Shaun Hutson
Growing up, I loved Shaun Hutson, and not just because he was an ardent Liverpool fan. Hutson’s books, filled with explicit sex and violence, were perfect for me in those formative years.

Richard Laymon
Another author whose work I ploughed through in my teens, Laymon had a way of getting under your skin, or mine, at least. Some of his stuff doesn’t hold up today the way it did back then, but he got me through some tough times.

Terry Pratchett
A slight departure from horror now, but Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels were like sugar to me. I couldn’t get enough of them, and that continued right through to his sad death earlier this year.

James Herbert
Rats was the first Herbert book I took out from the library, and it wasn’t the last. His style was magnificent. I would have read a shopping list if it had come from the pen of James Herbert.

Guy N. Smith
This list would be incomplete without a mention of the Crabmaster himself. Guy N. Smith’s short and pulpy novels were fascinating to me during my teenage years. I still own a lot of Smith’s paperbacks, which I dip into from time to time.

Ramsey Campbell
I picked up The Doll Who Ate His Mother at a car boot sale back in 1993, and I’ve never looked back. Ramsey Campbell is a hero of mine.

Stephen Gallagher
Another fantastic British writer, Gallagher’s work played a huge part in my youth. People like this are the reason I am a writer today (sorry Stephen. It’s not your fault, really).

Clive Barker
What needs to be said about Clive Barker that hasn’t already been said? A genius of all mediums, his Books of Blood, Cabal, and The Hellbound Heart warranted repeat readings for me back in the 90s.

 Chelsea Quinn Yarbro
If you haven’t read the Count of Saint-Germain novels (of which I believe there are now twenty-eight), you’re missing out on some amazing work. Yarbro was a huge inspiration to me in my teens.”