I’m pleased to announce, at last, the third title in Neon‘s series of chapbooks. Heidi James’s novella The Mesmerist’s Daughter – published on Monday 27th April 2015 – is the hypnotic tale of a child with a wolf for a mother. The narrative of this haunting story hovers somewhere between memory and delusion, as a woman closeted in a psychiatric facility recounts the tale of a particularly difficult time in her childhood. James’s writing is highly-detailed and immediate, each page bursting with details so fresh that they’re almost tangible. From the opening sentence The Mesmerist’s Daughter is as unsettling as it is magical, as arresting as it is darkly evocative.
Heidi James’s novel Wounding was published in April last year by Bluemoose Books. Her poetry has been published in various magazines and anthologies including Neon and Lung Jazz, an anthology for Oxfam. She was the runner up for the Cinnamon Poetry Collection Prize.
You can find out more, order a print copy or read some sample poems from the chapbook on its dedicated home page. Don’t forget to check out The Naming Of Cancer and A Week With Beijing (our first two chapbook projects) as well.