Screaming Tree

17 year old Bill Dickson believes he has killed eight people. Death has become a solution for him, a dark pit of blackness he has access to. He does not kill maliciously, only those who threaten or stand in his way. Reluctantly he visits Dr Douglas Carter, a psychologist, under his mothers instigation. Carter seems to know a great deal about him, too much. According to him, Bill was’nt attacked outside a chip shop before killing the two youths concerned – he was in fact trying to commit suicide. To confuse matters further, Carter shows him a photograph of a couple who Bill thought he had killed. Everything Bill believes to have happened in his past has been confused, temporarily manufactured by his brain as he lay in a coma after the suicide bid. Further sessions with Carter start to reveal the true nature of the psychosis. Such is the horror of what originally happened that his mind resists all attempts to delve in and release the correct memories of it. Its the ultimate self-protection mechanism – Bill is literally at war with his own brain to discover the appalling truth.This is a novel about the extreme effects of false memory syndrome, and the only cure – to trust in a stranger, even when everything they’re saying is totally at odds with what you believe to be true. When you can’t trust your own memory – who can you turn to?