The Door to Freedom
by Curtis Ackie (Goodreads Author)
First Clare, then Annabelle, followed by Bojana; the women in Eilian's life are swiftly abandoning him, and all in peculiar circumstances. Plagued by Dawn’s domineering devotion, he tries his best to free himself from the malevolent clutches of a dream which is not his own. Steeped in his own brand of disquieting melancholy, Curtis Ackie’s surreal debut maps Eilian’s unset...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published May 25th 2012 by Pouting Bear
(first published June 30th 2011)
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Curtis Ackie is a British novelist, short story writer and poet, based in Zagreb, Croatia. His fiction is primarily concerned with the magic of dreams as escapism.More about Curtis Ackie...
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“The heartbeat is an irregular bell tolling; the footprints create ammonite patterns in the snow; they spiral in serpentine undulations, toward a complicated centre of mass, forming a beautifully inscribed hieroglyph, the earth acting as papyrus. It’s all signs and symbols; reading the emotions of another is an art, and tonight she lacks the imagination needed in order to be creative. Bewitching to behold, wings tucked neatly into the back of a loose summer jacket; his bare feet, dusky and dusty, tumble languidly toward her, over the soft crumbling ground. Dawn finds her dreams more beautiful to inhabit than reality. To her it becomes more real than the bed sheets she’s pulling close to her chest. As he approaches, she continues to watch the invocation of her desire. Wherever he steps the snow flees, it’s as if spring flowers from the very tips of his toes. She holds her breath as he slips his hand into hers, leading her away from the top of the hill on which they are standing. They don’t follow the path, instead they tread boldly over willow roots, twigs and fern leaves. Looking upwards, in order to see the colour of the sky, Dawn crosses her fingers for a shade of blue.”More quotes…