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About Lou Yardley
I'm an author. And a weirdo. I'm sorta part Deadite and part Hobbit. Sometimes I feel like I'm four goblins in a trench-coat masquerading as a human.
Up until recently, I've lurked mainly in the horror realms, but now I'm taking my first gore-coated steps into the world of dark fantasy. Rather than just write one fantasy book, I'm creating a whole world... and a dragon's hoard's worth of books.
"Banished" was released in 2020 and was my first adventure in the monstrous world of Venari. 2021 has seen it joined by "Creep" (a novella) and "Everfrost" (a werewolf flavoured novel). After that, I've got a whole series planned and plenty of spin-offs.
Thanks for checking out my page!
Blood, guts, and hugs,
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The small town of Crow’s Foot Hollow is thrown into turmoil when a local boy called Dwayne goes missing. For teacher Beth Harwood, it soon becomes clear that the nearby forest is connected to his disappearance. Clouded in mystery, scary stories and haunting nursery rhymes, that forest seems like just the kind of place to swallow a young boy whole.
But the forest isn’t the only thing you have to worry about in Crow’s Foot Hollow. Sometimes the dangers are much closer to home. Chuck Graves lives next door to a family with their share of problems - a couple that always argues, a little girl called Imogen who creeps the hell out of everyone - but they appear to be held together by little Ryan who keeps on smiling regardless of what’s going on. Everything appears normal, but Chuck can’t help but wonder what’s going on behind closed doors.
Crawling with monsters big and small, “Darkened Wings Flutter” wants to get under your skin.
Elkbury is all sixteen-year-old Beatrice Crane has ever known. Raised by her over-protective father, she dreams about leaving the village. When Grub and his fellow soldiers arrive in the Old Dead Oak, it seems like her dreams are about to come true. But dreams in Venari have a deadly habit of turning into nightmares.
As she ventures out of Elkbury to journey to the mysterious Everfrost, Beatrice learns about monsters large and small, violence, death, and more than a little about herself.
The Queen’s Guard have been sent to Everfrost to find out why the settlements in the area keep failing. Why do no survivors ever make it back to Red Fern? The Queen’s scholars and the Knights of the Green Fire seem to think there’s a werewolf problem. But how do you kill a werewolf?
Meanwhile, Father Arcadius has undergone a bit of a change. He’s stronger, faster, hungrier, and hairier than ever.
Set sixteen years after the events of “Banished”, “Everfrost” takes you deeper into the dark fantasy world of Venari.
“Everfrost” is part of a small series that introduces the wonderful, if monstrous, world of Venari. The books can be read in any order, but there are little nuggets of fun that will be enjoyed if read chronologically.
Books in this series:
"Everfrost" - Book 2
"Creep" - prequel (can be read at any time) - coming 2021
Elkbury is an idyllic village, hidden away in a rural area of pseudo-medieval Venari. It’s a place free of death and disease due to a mysterious ceremony called the Banishment. It’s a secret system that has worked well for decades. But, secrets rarely stay secret forever. When Hedwin’s grandmother is about to undertake her own Banishment, he and his best friend Laura Beth decide to find out what their beloved Anastasia is about to experience.
Just like disease, murder has no place in Elkbury, but it has wormed its way in. Wren Goodwort takes it upon herself to find the mysterious killer and clear her name in the process.
Soon Wren, Hedwin, Laura Beth, and the rest of the villagers are thrown together to fight for their lives as deadly, monstrous, and hungry secrets are uncovered and Elkbury’s delicate balance is destroyed.
“Banished” will introduce you to your new favourite monsters; some human, some not.
"Banished" is part of a small series that introduces the wonderful, if monstrous, world of Venari.
Books in this series:
Prequel Novella: Creep (out summer 2021)
Book 1: Banished
Book 2: Everfrost (out summer 2021)
The books can be read in any order, but there are little nuggets of fun that will be enjoyed if read chronologically.
Please note these books do contain some foul language. The folks in Venari have potty mouths.
The next Venari series, "The Rise of the Fool", is currently being written by the four goblins in a trench-coat who masquerade as Lou Yardley. This series will follow on directly from the events in "Everfrost".
Georgia is spending a summer’s afternoon looking after her younger brother, Oliver. At twelve-years-old, she believes that she is an adult. Or, almost an adult at the very least. But, despite her desire to grow up, Oliver convinces her to play their favourite game. A game called the Dragon Game.
The game takes a bizarre twist when something calls them from the forest that backs onto their garden. Daring each other, the siblings enter forest only to find that it’s not a normal forest at all. This is a place where dreams and nightmares are made.
A place they may never escape…
Interview with the Author:
Q - What’s the idea behind “The Forest”?
I recently decided to write and publish a series of short stories and novellas called “Horror Bites”. “The Forest” (Parts One and Two) is part of this collection. The idea is that these are stories that can be devoured in one sitting.
As for the story itself, I wanted to write a sometimes creepy, sometimes gory, but always entertaining story of childhood innocence combined with things that go bump in the night.
Q - Will I have to wait ages for Part Two?
No, not at all! Part Two will be unleashed almost immediately.
Q - Why should readers give these stories a go?
I hope that “The Forest” will mesmerise and entertain, as well conjure memories of movies from the 80s. It’s a twisted fairytale. Readers can enjoy this story in one sitting with their favourite beverage (I’m rather partial to a cup of coffee).
The Hound & The Philosopher Inn looks like your average pub, with only its mouthful of a name to separate it from any other. But, secrets lurk just beyond the ales, wines, spirits and bar snacks. Deadly secrets.
Kit pops into the pub following a dismal experience at a job interview. Christine visits the same pub whilst waiting for a cab. Both of their lives will be changed forever. Both will learn the pub’s secrets.
Peter is one of these secrets. Peter Smedley is a businessman, ruthless and cunning and co-owner of The Hound & The Philosopher Inn. He is also a werewolf, hellbent on changing the status quo.
HELLHOUND will draw you into the supernatural underbelly of Greater London with the promise of blood, guts and the realisation that the monsters may be closer than you think.
And I need your help.
This tale of the supernatural at the most wonderful time of the year is best enjoyed on Christmas Eve, with a mug of hot chocolate in front of a log fire.
From indie horror author Lou Yardley comes a new deliciously weird story that can be devoured in sitting.
Summer's here and the usually quiet and studious Katelyn is letting her rebellious steak out. At eleven-years-old and with the world's coolest bike, there's no stopping her. Especially now that she's got new friends...
But a day at the park takes a bizarre and horrific turn when an ice cream van shows up. All at once, Katelyn learns about friendship, fitting in and the lengths she will go to survive.
"We All Scream for Ice Cream" combines monsters, gore and dessert in one tasty little package.
File under: Horror, Dark Fantasy, Weird.
Lexi finds herself a prisoner in her own home after the sun sets and refuses to rise again. At first, it was an inconvenience; now it's downright dangerous. In the four weeks since the darkness descended, humanity has all but given up. Violent crime has become part of everyday life and everyone is a potential killer. No-one can be trusted.
But, that's not all Lexi has to worry about. The darkness has brought something with it.
Everyone has a price. What’s yours?
“The Deal Maker” is the new demonic tale from the mind that brought you “Hellhound”, “When the Sun Sets” and “We All Scream for Ice Cream”.
Ted’s girlfriend has vanished from the face of the earth and conventional methods of finding her have failed miserably. So when a devilish entity that calls itself Jack appears and offers him a solution, Ted finds himself agreeing to its terms, no matter how bloody and painful they may be. How far will he go to find her?
Kelly lives for one thing and one thing only: Vengeance. The trouble is those who should be feeling her wrath are remarkably good at hiding. Is she prepared to lose everything to find them?
“The Deal Maker” looks at how far people are willing to go to chase their goals. How much are we prepared to lose until we cease to be human? What are we willing to give up?
If demons, gore and hellish creatures are your thing, dive right in!
Angus Rutland has been to war and now it’s time to go back home. Battle has changed him and he knows that life is going to change for him in Red Fern too.
And he’s absolutely right.
It’s just not going to change in the way he has planned. Angus expected independence from his parents, a house and maybe a new career. Instead, he’s found himself up to his neck in monsters, treachery, and an invading army.
This novella is a deliciously dark fantasy set in Lou Yardley’s monstrous world of Venari. Dive right in for monsters and gore!
“Creep” is part of a small series that introduces the wonderful, if monstrous, world of Venari. The books can be read in any order, but there are little nuggets of fun that will be enjoyed if read chronologically.