A man in prison for an appalling crime picks up the journal of a shell-shocked soldier and begins his own confession...So little natural light falls into my cell, and I have such a limited view from my window, that at times I feel as though I am entombed within a coffin...Down here, deep within the soil, I must content myself with mental excursions only, tripping beneath the canopies of forests that exist solely in the mind...In the end there is only my voice A prisoner is on remand in Durham high security jail for what turns out to be a series of attacks on young girls across Leicestershire, culminating in abduction, rape and murder. In the autumn of 1922, Captain Crowe is on a journey across Leicestershire. He intends to visit his old comrades from the War, finish his book on horticulture, and come to terms with a past that still haunts him and a future that terrifies him. The prisoner is reading a copy of Crowe's book, Perambulations of a Soldier: Autumn to Winter, whilst writing his own diary.
Crowe's retelling of his odyssey in his letters, their subsequent appearance within Perambulations and the prisoner's interpretation of them, creates a macabre fusion of past and present, where fact and fiction, truth and reality begin to merge and coalesce...Juxtaposing the experiences of a shellshock victim in the early 1920s with the recollections of an alleged child-murderer in the present day, Journeys in the Dead Season is a masterpiece of psychological complexity and subtlety. In turns shocking and deeply moving, it is the debut of an important and compelling new literary voice.
Spencer Jordan has worked as a software engineer and more recently as a lecturer at the University of Wales. This is his first novel.