The Stranger Times (Paperback)

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If you're an American Gods binge-watcher, addicted to Ben Aaronovitch, or devoted to Discworld and Terry Pratchett, this smart, knowing, outrageously fun (and occasionally rather rude) supernatural romp by an award-winning stand-up comic is a must-read . . .

There are Dark Forces at work in our world (and in Manchester in particular) and so thank God The Stranger Times is on hand to report them. A weekly newspaper dedicated to the weird and the wonderful (but more often the weird) of modern life, it is the go-to publication for the unexplained and inexplicable . . .

At least that’s their pitch. The reality is rather less auspicious. Their editor is a drunken, foul-tempered and -mouthed husk of a man who thinks little (and believes less) of the publication he edits, while his staff are a ragtag group of wastrels and misfits, each with their own secrets to hide and axes to grind. And as for the assistant editor . . . well, that job is a revolving door – and it has just revolved to reveal Hannah Willis, who's got her own set of problems.

It’s when tragedy strikes in Hannah’s first week on the job that The Stranger Times is forced to do some serious, proper, actual investigative journalism. What they discover leads them to a shocking realization: that some of the stories they’d previously dismissed as nonsense are in fact terrifyingly, gruesomely real. Soon they come face-to-face with darker foes than they could ever have imagined.

It’s one thing reporting on the unexplained and paranormal but it’s quite another being dragged into the battle between the forces of Good and Evil . . .

About the Author

Born in Limerick and raised in Dublin, C. K. (Caimh) McDonnell is a former stand-up comedian and TV writer. He performed all around the world, had several well-received Edinburgh shows and supported acts such as Sarah Millican on tour before hanging up his clowning shoes to concentrate on writing. He has also written for numerous TV shows and been nominated for a Kid’s TV BAFTA.

His debut novel, A Man With One of Those Faces – a comic crime novel – was published in 2016 and spawned The Dublin Trilogy books and the spin-off McGarry Stateside series. They have been Amazon bestsellers on both sides of the Atlantic. C. K. McDonnell lives in Manchester. To find out more, visit

Praise For…

"A filmic romp with great characters, a jet-propelled plot, and a winning premise." —Eric Brown, Guardian

"I tore through The Stranger Times. Like an entertaining collision between the worlds of Mick Herron and Charlie Stross, it's a novel that proves ancient eldritch horror is no match for old-school journalism." —Christopher Brookmyre, bestselling author of Fallen Angel

"There are weird happenings in Manchester; good job the drunk and dysfunctional journalists of The Stranger Times, a newspaper dedicated to paranormal and the unexplained, are on hand . . . terrific, easygoing fun." —Robert Millen, The Times

"I loved this . . . great premise - great story - great characters . . . hugely enjoyable." —Jodi Taylor, bestselling author of The Chronicles of ST Mary's series

"Brace yourself for murder, monsters, mesmerism - and merriment. Wonderfully wacky." —Saga

"Darkly witty." —i-Newspaper

"Darkly comedic . . . alternating between sinister and silly, McDonnell's writing is intelligently witty." —The Herald

"Fresh and genuinely funny." —SFX magazine

"The one-liners zing, the dialogue is a tennis match of witty banter." —Financial Times

Product Details
ISBN: 9780552177344
ISBN-10: 0552177342
Publisher: Transworld
Publication Date: July 1st, 2022
Pages: 320
Language: English
Series: The Stranger Times