Outpost Gallifrey has received both the cover illustration and cover blurb for the forthcoming BBC Books novel The Sleep of Reason by Martin Day, due in August. The blurb itself is more detailed than the earlier short-list blurb we posted from amazon.co.uk (and gives slightly less of the plot away!) Day sent us a scan of the tentative cover illustration (it will likely be the final version, but could possibly include minor changes as it goes to press); click on the thumbnail at right for a larger version. (Thanks to Martin Day)
The Sleep of Reason, by Martin Day
The near future: a man in a psychiatric hospital claims to be an alien time-traveller called 'the Doctor'. He once adventured across countless galaxies, fighting evil.
The past: an asylum struggles to change Victorian attitudes to the mentally ill. It catches fire in mysterious circumstances.
Now: a young woman takes an overdose and slips into a coma. She dreams of Death falling like a shroud over a benighted gothic building.
Caroline 'Laska' Darnell is admitted to the Retreat after her latest suicide attempt. To her horror, she recognises the medical centre from recent of an old building haunted by a ghostly dog with glowing eyes. She knows that something is very wrong with the institute. Something, revelling in madness, is growing ever stronger.
The mysterious Dr Smith is fascinated by Laska's waking dreams and prophetic nightmares. But if Laska is unable to trust her own perceptions, can she trust Dr Smith?
And, all the while, the long-dead hound draws near...