Black as Ink
‘Black as Ink’ is the third and final instalment in the Steven Honest trilogy. Following the disastrous events in ‘The Truth Teller’, Steven finds himself entangled in a web of mystery and illusion. Messages from the past cast long shadows over the present.
Despite his doubts and setbacks Steven keeps searching for the meaning of his strange inheritance from mine captain Thomas Carpenter. Treading in his father’s footsteps, he faces his most dangerous opponent in a remote location on Dartmoor, as he closes in on the ultimate words of truth.
A man in a white coat appears. ‘That’s you,’ he says, with a nod of his head. ‘You’d better take a close look. You may not get another chance.’
Only now does Steven realise that the maze is his brain. He recognises Mr Azraq. The letters of his name leap off his name badge. Or is it Naseer? Jonathan Naseer? More letters appear. They blur his vision and the colours keep changing too. Naseer’s coat is turning to red, then to purple, then to black, and suddenly the colours are blasted apart. The two halves of his brain have snapped and start tumbling, falling, faster and faster, catapulting downwards as two charred lumps, two glowing coals, disappearinginto a dark space, into a universe as black as ink.
Petrus Ursem, ‘Black as Ink’, published by Gresham House Studios Ltd.
(Paperback, 308 pages, ISBN: 978-0-9955717-3-0).