Irish Fiction Friday: Ben Gwalchmai: Purefinder


This week in Ireland we can smell autumn coming on the wind, so it’s time to curl up with another free SFF extract from Irish Fiction Friday. We like to feature horror and the Gothic alongside our usual SFF settings, and this week Irish Fiction Friday brings you a tale of the Irish beyond Ireland. Ben Gwalchmai’s Purefinder takes the Irish history of immigration to London as the setting for a Gothic-horror historical thriller with a metaphysical edge; a tale loss, and fraternity; mystery, blood, mud, and guts combined.


London, 1858: a child is dead, a man is blamed, and dragged through hell – why is he persecuted and who is his persecutor?  The main antagonist is an Irishman with a mysterious past. The book also echoes Sam Beckett’s prose in an important chapter, drawing from our rich heritage of writers, poets and artists (and as an additional piece of trivia, the harp shaped bridge outside the CCD is also named after Beckett).

The first three chapters of Purefinder are available to read here