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Product Details

  • Paperback: 284 pages
  • Publisher: Papaver (April 27, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0987886010
  • ISBN-13: 978-0987886019
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,497,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Lorraine McLeod has been writing for many years, first taking creative writing classes at Liverpool University. Through these classes she was inspired to write her first two novels and was featured in two anthologies. Later, she worked with the artist Gino d'Artali and was published with him in Bordersenses in 2001. Lorraine was invited to read on Radio Merseyside, Liverpool, England and had to put writing on hold while studying for her degree. Since moving to Canada in 2004, Lorraine has revised her novels, started new projects and takes part in a monthly open microphone event. Her short story 'Parasite' won the July 2010 Story Slam event which was sponsored that month by On Spec Magazine. Lorraine's day job involves working on the web but at home she finds time for writing, photography and painting.

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Lorraine McLeod has been writing for many years, first taking creative writing classes at Liverpool University. Through these classes she was inspired to write her first two novels and was featured in two anthologies.

Later, she worked with the artist Gino d'Artali and was published with him in Bordersenses in 2001.

Lorraine was invited to read on Radio Merseyside, Liverpool, England and had to put writing on hold while studying for her degree.

Since moving to Canada in 2004, Lorraine has revised her novels, started new projects and takes part in a monthly open mic event.

Her short story 'Parasite' won the July 2010 Story Slam event which was sponsored that month by On Spec Magazine.

Lorraine's day job involves working on the web but at home she finds time for writing sketching and photograph and has now started painting.

Euphoria was reviewed by Harper Collins and published by Papaver in 2012.

Lorraine is now working on the upcoming novel, Hallutown.

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Secondly, the story is tightly done - that's always good - but broad enough to be sweeping in both location and theme.
Sean T. Page
A hardboiled detective story with a love story subplot, Euphoria mounts a tension filled story that is as exciting as it is horrific.
Anthony Servante
I'd recommend this book to horror lovers, urban fantasy fans, and anyone who is interested in demons and 2012 Mayan prophecies.
Lala

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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Lala on May 7, 2012
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This book was a terrifying journey through the possibilities of what could happen...if. One of the things that really helped maintain my interest was not only the fast-pace and intriguing characters, but the fantastical elements were perfectly interwoven with actual events, that the 'what if' thoughts kept entering my mind.
I finished this book in the first night I purchased it and needless to say, it gave me nightmares! I'd recommend this book to horror lovers, urban fantasy fans, and anyone who is interested in demons and 2012 Mayan prophecies.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Edward on May 7, 2012
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This is one of the best horror novels I've read in a long time. The author held the suspense well and the story would startle me with its descriptions of what happens to the victims. From the UK countryside to the Liverpool clubs, this book puts you right into the element.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By lvl on August 13, 2012
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LOVE THIS BOOK!!!
What an imaginative story line. A nice break from the same ol' same ol.
Intimate depiction of the characters along with some really awesome descriptive writing makes for an intense read...hard to put it down!
I guess the diet starts tomorrow!!! ;)
Waiting for thr movie to come out :)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sean T. Page on August 21, 2012
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The Ministry of Zombies received a review copy of this publication so here's what we think.

This is not a book I would normally have picked up. No sir, I normally stick to zombies plain and simple. But, the initial reviews were positive and I have a growing interest in the whole area of `end of the world' fiction.

Two major things work in this books favour.

Firstly, it is a well-written fantasy piece which is grounded so much in reality that it makes it all that much scarier. I think that if Hammer House of Horror - the TV series - was still on, this is the kind of story they would pick up. It's a bog standard drug story, it's a tale of angry demons, it's a wild imagined universe for the reader.

Secondly, the story is tightly done - that's always good - but broad enough to be sweeping in both location and theme. It develops effortlessly from drugs yarn to incredible end of the world battle.

I agree with some of the other comments that this would make a good movie but not all books that we say that about are well-written. This is, and it's well-edited which is a nice feature these days. Plus, the characters are well done - Detective Finn is one of favourite new characters.

All in all, an enjoyable read. If you are a fan of this genre then I would say a must. OK, I'm off to consult some ancient prophecies, she's got me started on it now....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Servante on January 19, 2014
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Euphoria concentrates on creating a realistic drug to propel the supernatural events of the storyline; it portrays addiction as seen from the point of view of a hardboiled cop, an emergency room doctor, and a drug dealer/demon worshiper.

McLeod metaphorically sees the cartel as old Mexico “demons” as exemplified by Grohah, and the victims as children and their parents. I asked Ms. McLeod, “What drug are you mimicking or is it just a made up drug? Is it crack, heroin, ecstasy, or??” She answered, “I made the whole thing up, but I did base it on two hallucinogenics used by the Mayans and the Aztecs. One was derived from the flower, Morning Glory and the other, an hallucinagenic mushroom. Both of these were from Mexico. I then added coke in there for a bit of extra flavour!” In the books, the drug is described, “This batch was perfect. His secret ingredients included the seeds from a rare flower of the family Convolvulaceae, which was once used by the Aztec civilization to induce hallucinations. The more common example of this species of flower could be found in most garden shops, but he’d travelled to Mexico for just the exact one he needed. Little trace of the substance would be found in the human body once the effects had worn off.” McLeod further explains, “I took a few liberties. I made Grohah a demon from the Mayans, and included some stuff from the Aztecs. This is because the Aztecs did have some culture similar to the Mayans but I wanted to connect both civilzations in the book.” The drug is part of a ritual; the addicts lose complete control of themselves, succumbing to the old gods of ancient Mexico. The story works as a metaphor for the presence of the Latino Drug Cartels via their illegal substance presence throughout the world.
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