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The Follower

Nicholas Bowling


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Twin Peaks meets Welcome to Night Vale in this surreal, supernatural thriller by a Costa-shortlisted author

"Gripping, compelling and otherworldly"
When her twin brother goes missing in Northern California, Vivian Owens follows his trail to the town of Mount Hookey, home to the followers of Telos: a mountain-worshipping cult that offers spiritual fulfilment to those who seek it.
While trying to navigate the town’s bizarre inhabitants and the seductive preaching of the initiates of Telos, Vivian will have to confront
questions about herself, her family, and everything she thinks she knows about the world. She quickly realises that her search is about far more than her missing brother – it is a quest for the secret of happiness itself.
To that end, there is only one question she needs to answer: what is really at the top of Mount Hookey?

Praise For The Follower

"This is not a run of the mill thriller. Rather it hovers between reality and other dimensions... The pages will be turned rapidly"
Frost Magazine
"Thought-provoking and very well written"
Praise for Alpha Omega:

"Inventive, playful bonkers writing... and an explosive finale that ties up all the story's threads with a beautiful, pitch-black bow." SFX Magazine

“A relentlessly entertaining ride – memorably oddball characters, spot-on satire and smart, deadpan humour. I read it in a flurry.” Tim Major, author of Snakeskins

“Too-close-for-comfort dystopia… A frightening picture of a repressive near-future, but it’s the glints of humanity and humour in its telling that set it apart.” Louis Greenburg, author of Green Valley
"The author is one to watch." Historical Novel Association
Praise for Nicholas Bowling:
“Wonderfully twisty and atmospheric... One not to miss." The Bookseller

"By the final chapter each thread has been skillyfully unravelled... Nicholas Bowling is a thrilling writer who keeps the reader permanently on edge."  Telegraph

Titan Books, 9781789094220, 304pp.

Publication Date: July 20, 2021

About the Author

Nicholas Bowling is an author, musician, stand-up comic and Latin teacher from London. He graduated from Oxford University in 2007 with a BA in Classics and English, and again in 2010 with a Masters in Greek and Latin Language and Literature, before moving into teaching. He has also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and has recorded two albums and two EPs with Me For Queen. 
His critically acclaimed debut WITCHBORN was published in 2017 by Chicken House, and was followed in 2019 by IN THE SHADOW OF HEROES, which was shortlisted for the Costa Children's Book Award. In 2020, Titan published ALPHA OMEGA, Nicholas’s first adult fiction novel, and it will be followed by the supernatural thriller THE FOLLOWER in 2021.