The Castle of Desires

The Castle of Desires

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In a storm-swept tavern in a village of yore, Cornelius, the secretive sorcerer's apprentice, gives the unsuspecting Professor Gast a key - one with the power to unlock the doors of the magical Castle of Desires. Within its chambers are all that any man could wish for: wealth, leisure, servants, lovers - and, if he so desires, he may even summon up a military empire ... On the eve of Hallowe'en, 1937, Maximilian Richter arrives at the cartoon studios of Pineville, an isolated gated community in the sun-kissed Californian hills. As a bit-part actor in early talkies - as gangster, tough guy, hired muscle, hoodlum - every scene Max had been in had simmered with sin. And now, within the walls of Pineville, Max is free to cheat and sweet-talk his way into the affections of the unsuspecting community, stirring up a secret storm of seduction, vice and violence. Neale Osborne's allegorical novel is a unique period piece set on the edge of historical Hollywood ... and deep in the chambers of a mythical fortress.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 296 pages
  • 128.52 x 198.37 x 17.02mm | 390.09g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1508417350
  • 9781508417354

About Neale Osborne

Neale Osborne was born in 1970, in Birmingham, England. His debut children's book 'Lydia's Tin Lid Drum' was published in 2009 by Oxford University Press. A freelance illustrator and caricaturist since 1992, Neale's pictures have appeared in a wide variety of places, including such publications as the Times and TLS; Gramophone, Mojo, Country Life, the Mail on Sunday; and concert programmes for the CBSO, the Mariinsky Opera, and BBC Proms.show more