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Mark Allard-Will--Book Launch

Thursday Jul 25 2019 7:00 pm, Saskatoon, Travel Alcove

Join Mark Allard-Will for the launch of The Burning Black: The Legend of Black Shuck (Renegade Arts Entertainment). 

1577 in rural England. The peasants have finished working the land for the day in the small village of Bungay, but as they settle down for the night a strange fog descends over the village; as the night rolls on, the villagers will learn that something truly monstrous lurks in the mist. British-born Canadian author, Mark Allard-Will, goes back to his roots in the rural county of Suffolk, England to craft a dramatisation of the folklore that inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's masterpiece, The Hound of the Baskervilles, in The Burning Black: Legend of Black Shuck.

Mark Allard-Will is the British-born Canadian writer responsible for titles such as Canadiana comedy comic book, Saskatch-A-Man, and family-friendly adventure graphic novel, Årkade. Mark is a proud Saskatoon local, recently having become a Canadian citizen. Mark is also an award-winning screenwriter, with awards under his belt from the UK, USA and even Latin America.

Please note the The Burning Black contains violence and minor gore and may not be suitable for younger audiences.


The Burning Black

- by Mark Allard-will

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Deep in rural Suffolk, England, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, terror strikes at the hearts of pious Christians on a hot August night, when they are attacked by a beast known only as Black Shuck. In this reimagining of one of rural England's most famous folkloric tales, readers will be taken through the terrifying and mysterious story of Black Shuck, a mythic beast that would act as inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle's classic story, The Hound of the Baskervilles.
In the small village of Bungay, peasants labour over backbreaking work, tilling the fields by hand, the Merchant Class preside over looms, and textile traders and Bungay Castle lays peacefully dormant as it has for the centuries passed since Hugh Bigod was pulled from it by Royal Guard to face execution after a failed rebellion against King Henry II. But one fateful August night in 1577, the peace is shattered, when a beast tears through the Church doors. Once inside, the beast feasts upon four unsuspecting worshippers, before vanishing and then reappearing in nearby Blythburgh, where the beast's scorched Claw marks can still be seen on the Doors of The Holy Trinity Church to this very day. Some say the Beast is a big Demon Dog, eight-feet tall when on all-fours with fur as black as tar. Others say its Eyes burn with the white hot flames of Hell itself. Beginning in the long and hard-fought battle for supremacy over Britain's shores between the pagan Vikings and the devoutly Christian Saxons of the late 800s and ending in the Tudor-era of 1577, this reimagining of the story of Black Shuck will take you on a journey from the Horrors of War to the echoes of a simpler past, all set to the backdrop of a Beast that has come to define storytelling in rural England and around the English-speaking World.


- by Mark Allard-will

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