Hauling Like A Brooligan

Stephen Gallagher

Oktober – 1988

There’s an apparently fatal incident when schoolteacher Jim Harper opens the wrong door in a mountain research station owned by multinational giant Risinger-Genoud. Even treatment with their untried and experimental superdrug cannot save his life. Or so it seems. For Jim Harper, though left for dead, has survived. And in the long haul back to health and sanity, he begins to realise that some terrible change has taken place. Step by horrifying step, Jim Harper unravels his story and then designs the perfect act of vengeance, an act that takes him to the brink of madness…

Also an ITV miniseries starring Stephen Tompkinson

In the best tradition of the international thriller and horror fields, Gallagher, author of the fine Valley of Lights, has created another blend of genres that shouldn’t disappoint the dedicated reader of either. Is it still paranoia when everybody really is after you? Gallagher answers that question with style, insight, and a riveting sense of suspense… Oktober ranks among the best thriller/horror novels of not just this year, but any year

Charles de Lint, Mystery Scene

A gripping combination of thriller, horror story and romance

Bookworld

His prose is clear and diamond-sharp, his imagination dark and vivid… a beautifully crafted novel of paranoia and shadowy horror

Starburst
Paperback cover for Oktober, Shows Stephen Tompkinson in the ITV adaptation