Sunday, October 1, 2017

Rosanne Rabinowitz's Helen's Story


I'm pleased to announce the release of Helen's Story, a novella by Rosanne Rabinowitz, as Volume 58 in Aqueduct's Conversation Pieces series.

Contrary to rumors of her death, Helen Vaughan is alive and well and living in Shoreditch, East London, stirring up the art world with a series of erotically-charged landscapes depicting the strange events of her youth. Brought up by a man who regarded her as loathsome, shuffled between boarding schools and foster homes, young Helen only found pleasure in visits from a secret companion. She made one other close friend, a girl called Rachel who disappeared in full daylight. After that, Helen was left with her companion.

As she remembers her friend, Helen lays on each stroke of paint as if it can bring Rachel back or take her to where Rachel went. She paints to summon her companion once again, and show everyone what really lurks beyond the vanishing point.

Some readers might have met Helen in Arthur Machen's classic novella The Great God Pan. Now Helen gets to tell her side of the story. Originally published in the UK by PS Publishing and nominated for the 2013 Shirley Jackson Award for outstanding achievement in literature of the "dark fantastic," Helen's Story gives a voice to one of the genre's most enigmatic antagonists.

Helen's Story is available in both print and e-book editions. You can read a sample from the novella here, and purchase it from Aqueduct Press (www.aqueductpress.com).