He is a shape-shifter. He is as old as time. He kills without mercy.
Life is good in Silver, a small town high in the Canadian Rockies. Sam Hunt is a lucky man. with a loving family and an honest income, he has everything he wants.
But beneath the mountains a vile, demonic energy is gathering strength and soon it will unleash its freezing terror upon Silver. In the eye of the storm, one man struggles to bury the private horrors of his childhood. He knows nothing, yet seems to know everything: Sam Hunt.
All he loves may be destroyed by an evil beyond imagining. An evil from the buried, hated past. An evil named the Trickster.
‘Written with incredible vigour… thuggish, gory, sentimental, cosy. It grips’
‘Very good indeed… Gray tells her tale with immense elan. A smashing debut that’s gutsier than most authors could ever be’
‘A chilling epic’
About the author
Muriel Gray was born in Glasgow in 1958, is a BA honours graduate in graphic design and illustration of the Glasgow School of Art, and worked as a professional illustrator before joining the National Museum of Antiquities in Edinburgh as assistant head of design.
She then moved into broadcasting starting as a presenter on Channel 4’s seminal music programme The Tube, presenting all five series alongside Jools Holland and the late Paula Yates, whilst still retaining her post at the museum.
A full-time career spanning more than three decades in the media followed, presenting many diverse flagship network radio and television programmes, including: The Media Show, Frocks on The Box, Ride On, The Booker Prize Live, Start The Week, The John Peel Show, Bliss, The Munro Show, Art is Dead, Walkie Talkie, The Snow Show and many others, as well as producing, directing, and then founding her own award-winning production company which grew into the largest in Scotland.
She became a bestselling novelist with the publication of her debut horror novel, The Trickster, in 1995, and this was followed by Furnace in 1998 and The Ancient in 2001, which Stephen King hailed as being ‘scary and unputdownable’.
She is also known as a political opinion writer for Time Out magazine, The Sunday Correspondent, The Sunday Mirror, Scotland on Sunday, The Sunday Herald, and continues to contribute regularly to The Guardian and other publications. She has won several prizes for journalism including columnist of the year at the Scottish press awards.
Muriel is a former rector of Edinburgh University, still the only woman to have held this post, and has been awarded honorary degrees from the University of Abertay and Glasgow School of Art via Glasgow University. She is currently chair of the board of governors
at Glasgow School of Art, also the only woman to have held this post.
She lives in Glasgow with her husband and three children. Her greatest disappointment is that she has not yet been abducted by aliens.
A seamless fusion of the supernatural and the psychological distinguishes this page-turning first novel, an impressive distillation of the Native Canadian experience. When a series of brutal murders rocks the snowbound Canadian town of Silver, suspicion falls on Sam Hunt (ne Hunting Wolf), a Kinchuinick Sioux who can't account for his actions or whereabouts during the blackouts that have recently afflicted him. Sam's renunciation of his tribal heritage years earlier in order to escape his abusive reservation upbringing has left him full of self-loathing and vulnerable to the mythical Trickster, a demonic ``mirror that would kill its own reflection,'' who is channeling Sam's suppressed anger to wreak vengeance on the human race. Scottish writer Gray suspensefully intercuts scenes of the Trickster's gruesome mischief and Sam's painful self-examination with parallel events from the turn of the century, when Sam's shaman ancestor saved a town of disbelieving white folk from the Trickster's exploits and created a burden of family duty that Sam must now fulfill if he is to protect his family and friends. Although the narrative sprawls across nearly a century of history and the experiences of a vivid and varied cast of characters, Gray neatly frames its dramatic high points in terms of tensions between the white and Kinchuinick cultures. Her poignant rendering of Sam's identity crisis reflects those tensions and provides a compelling portrait of a man in the grip of forces beyond his control. Tersely plotted and richly laced with Sioux lore, this novel marks an auspicious fiction debut. Major ad/promo.