Eric McCormack

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The first novel in over a decade from Governor General's Award-shortlisted author and internationally published master of the macabre, Cloud is a darkly imagined story about the nature of love in a world where menace hovers at every turn — for fans of Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon, and The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield.

Cloud depicts the fascinating life of Harry Steen, a businessman travelling in Mexico, who ducks into an old bookstore to escape a frightening deluge. Inside, he makes a serendipitous discovery: a mid-19th century account of a sinister storm cloud that plagued an isolated Scottish village and caused gruesome and unexplainable deaths. Harry knows the village well; he travelled there as a young man to take up a teaching post following the death of his parents. There he met the woman whose love and betrayal have haunted him every day since. Presented with this astonishing record, Harry resolves to seek out the ghosts of his past, and return to the very place in which he encountered the fathomless depths of his own heart.

Praise for Eric McCormack's Cloud:

Cloud is a powerful, magical book, rooted in tightly crafted characters thrust into larger-than-life events. . . . It is virtually impossible not to be caught up in the momentum of Cloud, the impulse to read it at a gulp. . . . readers will be delighted by it.” —The Globe and Mail

"The novel abounds with colorful grotesques. . . . But the novel's true greatness comes from its portrait of Harry, the lovesick traveller and memory artist. Hopefully, we won't have to wait another 12 years for the next McCormack offering." —Publishers Weekly

"Mysterious and beguiling, Eric McCormack's Cloud is a book about where books can take us, the questions they ask about the stories they tell that are ultimately posed to ourselves. Enchantment awaits."
—Andrew Pyper, bestselling author of The Demonologist

"Eric McCormack is one of our most boldly original and entertaining writers . . . he's in a genre all by himself. . . . Cloud is indisputably his best novel to date." —National Post

"Spanning the globe and bridging generations, Cloud brims with exotica, erotica and the macabre . . . Cloud is a tale about many things—about the mysteries of the human mind and the human heart; about life as a sojourn of loss and regret; about the ways literature and life illumine each other. It's also a compelling read that will keep you turning pages into the depths of the night." —The Windsor Star

"Cloud, the first book in 12 years from the hypo-celebrated Scottish-Canadian neo-Gothic absurdist existentialist writer Eric McCormack, is to my mind his greatest novel to date." —The Toronto Star

Praise for Eric McCormack's The Paradise Motel:

"A virtuoso, McCormack holds the reader's attention as much by his style as by the story he tells. Scotsman Ezra Stevenson recalls a story about a horrifying family crime told to his grandfather in Patagonia by one of its victims. Now a journalist happily escaped from the hard life of his childhood, Ezra tries to verify the story, tracking down the four Mackenzie brothers and sisters who had been so terrifyingly abused. The search is suspenseful, as are the later-life stories he uncovers. Did they occur? Were these new victims the Mackenzie children grown up? The stories are both phantasmagorical and very real, and McCormack holds them together with a sophisticated prose rich in beautiful physical descriptions. Full of death and suffering, the novel exhilarates rather than depresses, its stark dourness vivifying rather than dulling the reading appetite." —Publisher's Weekly

"There is no denying his talent." —The Independent (London)

"It says much for Eric McCormack's narrative skill that one rapidly accepts the strange conditions of his particular and peculiar world."
The Sunday Times (London)

"One cracking good teller of tales... McCormack unravels each of these ghoulish histories with consummate skill and jarring credibility. His eye for detail is mesmerizing, his graceful prose spare yet rich, his sense of dread unsparing." —The Toronto Star

"Mr. McCormack is a master stylist." —New York Times Book Review

"Mr. McCormack demands to be read on a par with the finest fabulists of recent times." —Alberto Manguel, The Ottawa Citizen

Praise for Eric McCormack:

Winner, Scottish Arts Council's Spring Book Award for The Paradise Motel (1999)
Winner, K-W Arts Awards Ceremony's Literacy Award (1999)
Shortlisted, Governor General's Award for First Blast of the Trumpet Against the Monstrous Regiment of Women (1997)
Nominated, People's Prize for Fiction (1990)
Shortlisted, Commonwealth Writers Prize in the Canada Caribbean Region for Inspecting the Vaults (1988)

Genre/Category: Fiction-Literary Horror/Gothicism
Length: 320 pages
Setting: Mexico, Scotland, Canada
Period: Contemporary
Publication Date: August 2014

World rights, Penguin Canada
World French rights, Christian Bourgois Editeur
World Spanish rights, RBA Libros
World English audio rights, Recorded Books

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Eric McCormack

Eric McCormack was born in a small village in Scotland.

He moved to Canada in 1966 and attended the University of Manitoba. He taught English for more than thirty years at St. Jerome's College at the University of Waterloo, specializing in seventeenth-century and contemporary literature. He has been a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Governor General's Award. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.