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by Andrew Woodcock

Azrael is the story of two women targeted by the mysterious Master. They are guided, separately, through the initiation process into the black arts. They are then unleashed upon an unsuspecting public, to wreak a trail of destruction in London. Initially, they avenge the harsh treatment of the younger witch. But, slowly, the Master reveals his true plan, and the killing spree begins in earnest. The hapless Government and the diligent Metropolitan Police force employ increasingly desperate measures to stop the deaths, but the witches thwart their efforts.

A relentless and powerful ally comes to the aid of the Government, claiming that he has the power to stop the witches. Initially, he seems to fail, but reveals that they intend to attack the Millennium Dome, in a final act of terror. Cautioned and protected by the Master, the two witches plot their most audacious act. Can their most ambitious project come to fruition? The slam-bang ending will reveal all. Laced with black humour and irreverence, Azrael will take the reader on a roller coaster journey of emotion and passion.

About the Author

I was born (it happens to most of us), in the industrial North of England. I wrote some truly awful poetry in the 1970's. Unfortunately, and for reasons unknown to me, a local magazine thought they were excellent, and published all my work. This led me to believe that the Poet Laureate post was mine for the taking. Youth is eternally arrogant. I won the most prestigious short story prize in the North of England, in 1987. The Count Bartelli Literary Award, named after a famous wrestler, and husband of a published author. I owe a debt of thanks to them both.

I moved with my family to live and work in London in 1991, where I still live. I wrote Azrael in 2003, but the demands of family and work meant that it sat on the shelf until now. I hope that you enjoy my work, but be thankful that you do not have to live with this dark imagination.

(2012, paperback, 334 pages)