Bitterhall is a story of obsession told between three unreliable narrators. Daniel, Órla and Tom share a flat and narrate the intersections of their lives, from future-world 3D printing technology to the history of the book, to a stolen nineteenth-century diary written by a dashing gentleman who may not be entirely dead.
A Hallowe’en party leads to a series of entanglements, variously a longed-for sexual encounter clouded by madness, a betrayal, and a reality-destroying moment of possession.
About the author
Bitterhall is Helen McClory’s second novel, following Flesh of the Peach (Freight, 2017). She has also written two short story collections: On the Edges of Vision (Queen’s Ferry Press) and Mayhem & Death (404 Ink); and a collection of experimental micro-fiction, The Goldblum Variations (404 Ink & Penguin, 2019). A Pushcart Prize nominee, Helen is a part-time lecturer at the University of Glasgow and co-founder of writing retreat Write Toscana.