Hangdog Souls – Hardback

Marc Joan

Deixis Press



ISBN: 9781739708115


Publication date: 27 July 2023

Rights: World



Kingdom of Mysore 1799. A guilt-racked British Army deserter tries to win safety for those he loves – but his reckless bargaining only leaves him trapped between destinies condemned to facilitate centuries of suicide and murder. Death after death each death diminishes him until – a quarter of a millennium later – a Keralan astrophysicist has the chance to annul the soldier’s Faustian bargain. But Chandy John is weakened by his own burden of grief. Will this twenty-first century scientist become just another helpless nexus between undeserved death and undeserved life?

Hangdog Souls is set in the Dravidian heartlands of South India – and in a blurred edgeland where alternative realities elide. Through linked narratives of guilt shame and the search for absolution this book takes readers from the arid Tamil plains to the highest peaks of the Nilgiris and from occult horrors in Tipu Sultan’s kingdom to creeping madness in the world of particle physics.

Spanning three hundred years the stories in Hangdog Souls weave together the fates and fortunes of multiple characters – individuals that echo through the generations asking always the same question: What weight can balance the death of an innocent?

Marc Joan

Marc Joan, a biomedical scientist, is the author of the literary horror epic Hangdog Souls, as well as a number of award-winning and award-nominated short stories published in numerous magazines and journals. Marc was raised in South India, and he now lives in England.