Hollow Shotguns

“To stop a demon, sometimes you must act a demon.”

The South Grove Set. Four boys. Profane, rebellious, full of heart. Their gang offers everything their troubled homes don’t.

The apocalypse hits. The threads of society fray, burn… Abandoned and alone, the boys make an uneasy pact with an anguished bully to reach safety. Their darkening journey brings confrontations with sadistic neo-Nazi trophy hunters, wild landscapes, psyche-straining isolation and demons, of the apocalypse and their own.

Hollow Shotguns will blow your mind. With a close-range headshot.

Khalid Patel’s debut novel explores themes both daunting and everyday, from violence and warfare ethics to growing pains and the complexities of friendship. High-octane action is set against raw emotion, offbeat laughs against harrowing twists. The eye-popping, poetically experimental prose can shriek and shudder before melting into aching sorrow, and works with the slang-drenched, rattling dialogue to build a strange yet familiar world.

Hollow Shotguns is apocalypse fiction of subversive full-bore intensity…

The unsanitized violence. The searing social commentary. The prickling humour.

This is not a fucking beach read.

“Not where Twilight and sparkly vampires rule pop culture can a voice and writing style so unique be allowed a chance. No, this kid breaks some rules and he breaks them across people’s faces. This is no ordinary novel. One thing that will strike you like the stock of a shotgun is the prose. The writing style is so unique that it immediately removes you from your comfort zone and places you in Khalid Patel’s world and does so abruptly, just as the apocalypse would. The imagery in this tome could take on the best horror novel. And if this is how we all speak at the end of the world, then bring on the apocalypse.” – Eryk Pruitt, author of What We Reckon

“Definitely not for someone looking for a cosy read. There are nasty things at work. You would also need to get used to the teen language Patel is using – a language these children use in their own communication. But this took me all but one chapter (being a woman of 40+ years). Not only a flesh-ripping apocalypse story, but very much a story of growing up, friendship, boys becoming young men.” – The Pegster Reads Reviews


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