BELLA by R.M. Francis
A spectre has haunted Netherton for generations.
Everyone has a theory, no one has an answer.
The woods that frame the housing estate uncover a series of heinous acts, drawing onlookers in to a space of clandestine, queer sexuality.
A question echoes in the borderlands of being, of fear-fascination, of sex and death…
Who put Bella down the Wych-Elm?
"R. M. Francis manages to capture the very essence of place. "There’s a sense that his writing comes from somewhere deep. The imagery is always bold and the language distinctive. If you’ve never been to the Black Country, Francis will take you there. How’s that?"
- Kerry Hadley-Pryce
"R. M. Francis brings a powerful and stirring new voice to literature: he writes with muscle and nous about a world he knows intimately and cares about deeply. With an impeccable ear, perceptive eye, and humane sensibility, he renders that world in all its beauty, tragedy, and wonderful, captivating weirdness. He's what the Black Country has been waiting for."
- Paul McDonald