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A Moonlit Path of Madness

A Moonlit Path of Madness Catherine McCarthy

“McCarthy delivers a devastating novel about death and mourning and the revelatory power of grief. I was swept away. You will be, too.

—C.S. Humble, author

Grief haunts her every step

Inheriting a family heirloom in the form of an antique clock with a broken moon dial as well as a seaside house in Wales, Grace Morgan mourns the loss of her mother and dreads the manifestation of a family curse that threatens to lay claim to her and everything she holds dear.

Set around the turn of the 20th century, A Moonlit Path of Madness traces Grace’s journey from the United States to the distant parish of Newport on the West Wales coast. Partly epistolary and laced with Welsh folklore, this tragic gothic tale delves into the prevalent mental health challenges of the era in the face of unrelenting fear and all-consuming trauma, as Grace reckons with the insidious specter of her lingering grief.

ABOUT Catherine McCarthy

Catherine McCarthy weaves dark tales on an ancient loom from her 19th-century Welsh farmhouse. Her love of supernatural fiction is an ever-present ghost, and she enjoys haunting others through her words.

She is the author of the collection Mists and Megaliths and the novella Immortelle, both of which are set in Wales.

Her short fiction has been published in various anthologies and magazines, including those by Black Spot Books, Alienhead Press, and Dark Matter Ink.

In July 2023 her Gothic novel, A Moonlit Path of Madness, will be published by Nosetouch Press, and in August her novella, Mosaic, publishes with Dark Hart Books.

Forthcoming works include a YA novel, The Wolf and the Favour, from Brigids Gate Press (October 2023) and a weird psychological novella, The House at the End of Lacelean Street, with Dark Matter Ink (April 2024).

Time away from the loom is spent hiking the Welsh coast path or huddled in an ancient graveyard reading Poe. | Twitter | Instagram

  • Paperback: 260 pages
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 978-1-944286-30-9

Also available as an ebook.