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With their sister’s early death heavy on their conscience, a reclusive young researcher heads to a psychiatric hospital in the English countryside to study local faerie folklore—and learn more about these creatures their sister claimed to see.

They’re quickly caught up in the strange world of the hospital, and a specialist centre within it for the treatment of patients with multiple personalities, run by the enigmatic and Byronic Albé, a gifted psychiatrist with the uncanny ability to know what people are thinking. As the folklorist uncovers the truth of the hospital’s unorthodox methods, they discover the place may have far more to do with the faeries than they first believed.

There are more than stories to be found within its walls. Against a psychedelic seventies backdrop of prog rock and Romantics, the researcher must untangle the mystery of their own mind and their sister’s death before their own dark thoughts overwhelm them.

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My Recommendation

A faery folklorist arrives at a rural mental hospital in the UK countryside to compile a collection of paranormal accounts from the local residents in the surrounding area involving their contact with faeries. The doctor’s nickname this folklorist, Blondie; and before long, their personal life and professional life intertwine through this tale of grief and loss.

They quickly expose Blondie to patients with multiple personalities, all supervised under the care of Dr. Albé, who can sense one’s thoughts. If that isn’t disquieting enough, Blondie discovers the hospital practices some unusual methods for helping the patients deal with their illness. Eventually, it becomes apparent the hospital knows far more about faeries than anyone would have ever suspected.

Hang on to your hats… this book has nothing to do with the Victorian version of faeries. Rushton’s faeries are purer and agree with my in-depth research on the topic. In his eyes, these faeries resemble an alien life form, which makes sense. They often portray the otherworld as another realm or dimension of reality. Be sure to open your mind to the possibilities…

Dead But Dreaming will have you examining the depths of human consciousness and supernatural solipsism, which is the philosophical idea that only one’s mind exists. This theory of solipsism holds that knowledge of anything outside of one’s own mind is unsure; the external world and other minds cannot be known and might not exist outside the mind. Is it possible that people who can see faeries suffer from some kind of psychosis? Or does the real world overlap with other realms?

But yet, the book is a tale of love and redemption. Rushton incorporates a wide range of ideas and philosophies that will make you speculate about your own reality. The story flows, laying open one mystery after the other as the reader explores the concepts and relationships between myths, dreams, life, and death.

This was an excellent read. Once I started reading, I couldn’t put the book down. I can truthfully say that for five nights, this book held me captive. Thoughts of faeries and the Otherworld still haunt my dreams!

Learn More About this Author

Neil Rushton is a freelance writer who has published on a wide variety of topics from archaeology to folklore, in academic journals (Archaeological Journal, Journal of Interdisciplinary History et al.), online (Ancient Origins, Beyond Science, Sott), and print magazines/books (New Dawn, The Daily Grail).

He also co-authored a guidebook to Mont Orgueil Castle, Jersey. His first novel (published in 2016) is Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun and explores the confluence between consciousness, insanity and reality in a drug-fuelled contemporary setting. His second novel, Dead but Dreaming, was published in July 2020 and tells the story of a young folklorist who travels into rural England in 1970 in search of faerie traditions. They end up finding much more than they bargained for. It is, in essence, a tale of supernatural solipsism.

Neil also produces a blog site, deadbutdreaming.wordpress.com, which investigates the faeries in both their folkloric and metaphysical guises. Neil received a PhD from Trinity College, University of Cambridge, in 2003. The thesis looked at aspects of Monastic Poor relief in medieval England.

Find Neil at:

Blog: https://deadbutdreaming.wordpress.com

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/3054487.Neil_Rushton

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