“That opening line just grabbed me,” said David Youngquist, President of Dark Continents Publishing, “From that second, I wanted to read the whole book, and that doesn’t happen with me often.”
That line comes from South African author, Nerine Dorman, whose book, Inkarna, is to be released June 15 through Dark Continents. Inkarna is that rare treat in literature, in that it blends several genres seamlessly to tell a great story. Part horror, part dark fantasy, it tells the story of Lizzie Perry, a member of the House of Adamastor of the Inkarna. For members of this group, eternal life is assured through reincarnation in a series of new bodies over time.
Everything is going smoothly for Lizzie after she passes, until she wakes up in the male body of Ashton Kennedy, who has been in a coma for a number of weeks. There are a lot of problems with this on a lot of levels. The wrong gender for one. Waking up in an adult’s body for another. No memory of why she was put into Ash’s body in the first place is just the third.
Inkarna follows Lizzie’s journey through Ash’s life as she tries to discover why she’s been placed in his body and tries to redeem some of the worse aspects of his life. At the same time, the members of the rival House of Montu are as much a danger as Ash’s own enemies.
This is not Dorman’s first work. She has a list of published novels and short stories reaching back ten years. She also works as an editor for a number of companies, including Lyrical Press and eKhaya, which is an imprint of Random House Struik. She helped establish the Adamastor Writers’ Guild and edits the Egyptian Society of South Africa’s newsletter.
“I believe Inkarna has the potential to be a best seller,” Youngquist said. “It’s a well told story written in amazing prose. Dorman has a voice we don’t often get to hear in the US.”
Dark Continents Publishing enjoys bringing authors from overseas to American readers. People in the US sometimes have to search a great deal to find new voices and great writers from around the world. With DCP, American writers are in the minority of authors in the stable.
“From the moment I reviewed the first DCP titles that landed on my desk I knew here was a publisher I wanted to be associated with.” Dorman said. “Authors are allowed a lot of creative integrity and, from what I can see so far, emphasis is placed on the creation of high-quality literature.”
With Inkarna, Dark Continents Publishing was granted a perk from Amazon not often given to an indie press. The book can be pre-ordered through them right now. So people can either stop by www.amazon.com or www.darkcontinents.com and place their order for Inkarna.