Just a quick mention of a rather spiffing self-published novella which brings together some themes from modern British forteana and gives them a sci-fi twist. ‘The Mechanical Gorilla’ is by Dr Andrew May, whom I met – if not actually face-to-face – after I’d commissioned him to write articles for Paranormal Magazine. Another regular contributor to PM, Nick Redfern, is name-checked in ‘The Mechanical Gorilla’ because he has written extensively on the subject of ‘the British Bigfoot’, which serves as the inspiration for the story. Although it’s not named as such, the setting of Andrew’s yarn is based on Cannock Chase, the Staffordshire country park which has been the centre of a good deal of odd sightings over the last few years, particularly of hairy hominids (or jokers in gorilla costumes). In his book ‘Something in the Woods’, Nick Redfern refers to an American cemetery where high strangeness has been reported and Andrew makes this a key location in his book.
‘The Mechanical Gorilla’ is a sci-fi romp which brings together the British Bigfoot, robotics, the Cold War and interdimensional comings and goings in one entertaining package. Fans of forteana, the paranormal and sci-fi should all consider checking it out. ‘The Mechanical Gorilla’ by Dr Andrew May is available as an ebook at: http://tinyurl.com/cxhdslk