Set in Gloucester, the book follows four gatekeepers to the afterlife as they try to deal with their difficult job dealing with dead people, bureaucracy and mistrust from their employers on the other side. With the help of a dead girl and a few demons, the group set upon an ambitious plan to undermine the forces that be and free themselves of their burdens.
Filled with black humour and satire, The Gatekeepers of Gloucester is comedy fantasy for those who don’t take life too seriously.
The kind of people who love Douglas Adams, we imagine.
People who like fantasy, the surreal and have a cynical streak. People who are sick of paranormal fantasy that takes itself too seriously.
If you like Terry Pratchett, you’ll love my book.
Or maybe we should just say If you like Tess Stenson… Tell us why.
The Gatekeepers of Gloucester is a sequel to my underground hit comedy The Gatekeeper on the Docks.
It’s not essential to read that first as The Gatekeepers of Gloucester is a stand alone story and there is a catch up and relevant points are recapped as needed.
Tell us about your main character.
Nigel Moody is the district supervisor of the Gloucester branch of Gatekeepers. He lives on a bespoke canal boat in a specially constructed section of the Gloucester docks (so built by his employers because of a drunk demon architect’s poor planning). He had been doing his job looking after the recently departed for years by himself, gradually growing more isolated and bitter until he met Charlie, who helped him get some real (and living) friends. Now, they all work for The Company that controls the spirit world and are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with how the spiritual world treats the mortal realms.
Nigel is feeling the strain and he’s sick of it. He has a plan to free himself of his obligations to his employers, the Company. While he may once have been happy to coast along in life, now he wants to take back control, no matter how dangerous things may get.
Have you written any other books?
I’ve also written an anthology of mock ghost stories called The Ghastly London Ghost Stories Omnibus.
Tell us about yourself.
I’m 31 and live in London, although I was raised in Gloucester. I’m a full time writer. I write about various subjects and regularly write short stories too. When I was little, I wanted to be a hedgehog.
Not all dreams come true!
Do you have a website?
I do, yes.
How can we follow you on Twitter and/or Facebook?
I’m here: @TessStenson.
What’s next for you?
I’m planning on writing a sci-fi novella I’ve been wanting to do for a while.