Jennifer Brody, author of the Contnnumms trilogy, praised Kathleen Kaufman’s debut cross-genre novel, as a “dark twisted fairytale of the best kind. The Lairdbalor is haunting, evocative, page-turning. I couldn’t read it fast enough! The ending will stay with you long after you’ve put it down.” Kathleen, a self-described author, educator, zombie junkie, conspiracy theorist, monster enthusiast, and insomniac, teaches high school English, and is a writing and composition adjunct professor at Santa Monica College. In addition to writing, Kathleen is an avid amateur photographer and has published work in The Huffington Post and other publications. .
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The Lairdbalor by Kathleen Kaufman
I am the stuff of your nightmares . . . you have been writing my name on the walls of your fear your entire life.”
When seven-year-old Jamie falls down a very long hill, he finds himself trapped in a world of strange creatures, harsh landscapes, and near-perpetual darkness. Lost and confused, Jamie is desperate to get home. The nightmares, fears, and all manner of what-ifs that inhabit this shadow world are unfamiliar to him–all except one: the Lairdbalor, Jamie’s personal nightmare, once relegated to his dreams. In this fantastical land, however, the Lairdbalor and all the fears and nightmares of children are very real.
But Jamie’s nightmare is different. It is the sum total of the anger and anxiety that imprisoned him in his former life, and it threatens to consume and rule the nightmare realm, a place where time passes differently. With each slumber, Jamie finds himself inexorably changed. The farther he travels through this terrifying world, the better he understands the one he left behind.
Crossing genres of folklore, horror, fantasy, and magical realism, The Lairdbalor is a story for anyone who lives with anxiety and fear and has ever wondered “what if?” It is the story of a child not meant for children and a darkly imaginative meditation on life, death, fear, and the nature of reality.