The Crying Forest by Venero Armanno, the award-winning Brisbane novelist, is an unusual mix of the supernatural and underworld crime.
It is set in Brisbane and the surrounding rural districts. The chief protagonist is Agata Rosso, an elderly European witch, who wishes to restore the youth and vigour of herself and her dying husband.
To achieve this successfully she requires the magical gifts that she has perceived in a young girl, Lia, who has recently moved to the area.
To this end, she enlists the help of a corrupt businessman and his cronies to capture Lia and use her powers for their benefit.
Will Lia be able to resist their evil plans and use her craft to save herself and her beloved father?
Not for the faint-hearted, this dark, depraved tale takes the reader from a violent, mysterious occurrence in the past to the present day, where lives are once more under threat.
Medieval mayhem meets present day crime and corruption.
In this Grimm’s fairy tale on steroids, the reader is in for one hell of a ride as the combatants fight it out to the very end. In this instance though, will good overcome evil?
Adult fiction only!
The Crying Forest is distributed through IFWG in Australia
About Venero Armanno
Venero Armanno is an Australian novelist who was born in Brisbane to Sicilian parents. He received a BA from the University of Queensland, and later an MA and PhD in Creative Writing from the Queensland University of Technology. He completed ten unpublished manuscripts over fourteen years before being accepted for publication. He is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Communication & Arts at the University of Queensland, where he received the 2004 award for excellence in teaching. Notable works are The Volcano, Firehead, Candle Life and Black Mountain. Most notable award, Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards, Best Fiction Book 2002 for The Volcano.