The best way to describe Bone Harvest, the latest novel by James Brogden is ambitious.
A breakaway faction of a pagan cult performs human sacrifice to resurrect the ancient fertility god Mokos on an allotment in an isolated rural town.
The one person who sees what’s happening is a woman suffering early-onset Alzheimer’s, so nobody believes her, not even herself.
Bone Harvest begins in a very different place in the midst of war as a deserter begins a journey which will span decades and lead him to the rural lands of Staffordshire.
For its initial 100 pages or so, the book lays out so much exposition that you may feel slightly overwhelmed but Brogden’s vision and razor sharp narrative keep the story on track.
There are fantastical elements to the story but once you accept their part of the story, they become just chess pieces in a much larger game.
It is amazing that Brogden balances these monstrous elements with a story of an ageing allotment owner who is in the early stages of dementia. Although they do not mesh too well as plot strands, when discussed individually they both drive different narratives forward.
Bone Harvest is a must read for fans of dark fantasy and visceral horror with compelling characters.
Bone Harvest by James Brogden is released on 17th November 2020 from Titan Books.