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30. Five-star praise for The Possessions of Doctor Forrest in The List (Scotland)

I’m pleased to report a really thoughtful and very positive review in The List, where the reviewer is so gracious as to acknowledge my previous novel too:

‘Take three respected Scottish doctors, now all living comfortably in suburban London. Make one of their number suddenly disappear and you have the beginnings of a very satisfying thriller … It’s all marshalled with a real feel for pace, character and that gap where metafiction meets the gothic novel. The Possessions of Doctor Forrest is a big departure from the epic sweep of [Kelly’s] debut novel Crusaders, but is no less impressive in its desire to reshape a
genre.’
Paul Dale, The List *****

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29. Four-star praise for The Possessions of Doctor Forrest in the London Metro

I must say I’m really delighted to have received the following review from Metro:

‘Richard T. Kelly’s new novel is a rattlingly good yarn that wears a bloody Gothic heart on its sleeve … It is told in steady prose, from letters and journals, and with a relish for the macabre… a story delving into the dark, unpredictable nature of a man’s identity and soul… Despite his absence, Forrest is the elusive heart of this novel. Growing sexual jealousy and acts of violence draw in Hartford and Lochran, leading to revelations that bring the reader shiveringly close to evil.’
Ben Felsenburg, Metro ****

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25. “Richard T Kelly puts his original stamp on the gothic horror genre”: Louise Welsh on Doctor Forrest in the FT

I was pleased to see that the FT asked the excellent Scottish novelist and broadcaster Louise Welsh to review Doctor Forrest for this weekend’s edition of the paper, and her write-up exhibits an easily learned appreciation of some of the great works by which I was influenced, most eminently Stevenson’s Strange Case of Doctor Jekyll and Mr Hyde. That she feels I managed to do something fresh with this time-honoured material is something I’m very gratified by.

‘Overreaching scientists whose morals lag behind their professional abilities are as much a staple of gothic horror as asylums, vampirish beauties, graveyards, doppelgängers and dead people who refuse to lie down. Richard T Kelly’s The Possessions of Doctor Forrest features all of the above and more… Kelly has embraced the gothic and he gleefully acknowledges his literary forebears… There is a pleasure in anticipating how a well-known tale will play out this time and, in The Possessions of Doctor Forrest, Richard T Kelly has put his own original stamp on the genre.’

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24. ‘A thrilling Gothic 2.0…’ The Times on Doctor Forrest

The London Times remains solidly behind a paywall round at my house but I’m advised it said the following in a write-up of The Possessions of Doctor Forrest, for which I am duly thankful:

‘A thrilling Gothic 2.0… Though 21st century fiction has so far been very attentive to the vampire, there haven’t been as many attempts to explore or update its literary parentage: the gloomy, diabolic, doppelganger-strewn terrain of Gothic literature that was so admired by Romantic poets and thrill-seeking readers in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. In his second novel, Richard T Kelly does just that, paying homage to a genre that he clearly knows intimately and loves dearly.’

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