Jerusalem Ablaze

Jerusalem Ablaze: Stories of Love and Other Obsessions

In Jerusalem’s Old City a young priest and a dominatrix converse in the dying light; on Oregon’s windswept coast a fragile woman discovers a body washed up on the beach after a storm; and in Postwar Japan a young protégé watches his master’s corpse burn, with bitter thoughts blazing in his mind.

ISBN (PB): 9781526202536
ISBN (HB): 9780995465701

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In Jerusalem’s Old City a young priest and a dominatrix converse in the dying light; on Oregon’s windswept coast a fragile woman discovers a body washed up on the beach after a storm; and in Postwar Japan a young protégé watches his master’s corpse burn, with bitter thoughts blazing in his mind.

Jerusalem Ablaze: Stories of Love and Other Obsessions collects thirteen eclectic works of dark fiction, taking the reader from Los Angeles to the eastern townships of Quebec, and from Tokyo to Jerusalem.

Ortega-Medina’s characters are flawed, broken individuals, trying their best to make sense of their lives as they struggle with sexuality, death, obsession, and religion. Sometimes bleak, occasionally violent, and often possessed of a dark humour, this major debut explores the imperfections of life and the unpredictability of death.

Release date: 26 January 2017

Author: Orlando Ortega-Medina

Reviews

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    “I love Ortega-Medina’s use of language and the way he creates mood. I particularly like the layer of … the supernatural or mystique permeating the title story, even though the whole thing is happening on the mundane plane … as if the woman was really the incarnation of Ashtoreth — still in the Levant; still demanding offerings.”
    Alex Hernandez, author of Bound for the Promised Land, (Man-Kzin Wars XIII, Baen Books)

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    “Orlando Ortega-Medina’s stories take you to places you wouldn’t want to venture alone – and to the darkest recesses of your own mind and soul. Deliciously dark and dangerous.”
    Andrew Crofts, bestselling international author & ghostwriter

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    “Like a poisonous spider inside a velvet rose, Ortega-Medina’s sensuous tales always unfold to reveal something beautiful and disturbing at their heart. It’s a highly original debut, atmospheric and enticingly mysterious.”
    Christopher Fowler, multi award-winning author of 45 novels and short-story collections

  4. :

    “Ortega-Medina’s prose is elegant and potent throughout, with visceral passages bathed in lyricism…”
    Kirkus Reviews

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