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The Patient in Hospital Zero

by : Ramona Depares

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ISBN: 9789990919325
Cover: paperback
Age: adults
Publication Date : 2021
Page Count : 240
TALES FROM BETWEEN WORLDS Tales that explore the dark side of humanity and the shadows between worlds A deadly virus leaves a hospital patient cut off from the outside world, as increasingly strange happenings make her question her sanity. An unlikely good luck charm comes with sinister strings attached, while a wealthy socialite discovers that the biggest danger lies closer than the preternatural creatures laying siege to the city. A young woman’s propensity for lying spirals out of control, leading to a tragic twist of fate, while recurring night terrors reveal a terrifying experiment taking place in a small town. Award-winning journalist Ramona Depares digs deep into the darkness of the human psyche in this collection of chilling stories that manifest the dichotomies of human nature, with lust, greed and obsession variously driving each protagonist. The stories unfold within alternative realms that feature urban magic, psychological horror, dystopian societies, sci-fi elements, and even a post-pandemic parallel Malta. The result is a genre-bending collection that will intrigue readers who appreciate a sense of the uncanny.
The greatest lesson Ramona Depares learnt at law school was that she detested being a lawyer. And that she had yet to meet a croissant that she didn’t like. She likes good wine, polka dots, silly conversations about croissants and dogs with floppy ears. When she’s not pursuing all three (usually at the same time), she’s probably reading. Or just staring happily at books and the perfect way the pages fall open. She also lives with a pet rat.
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“Of course, it is what we do with this darkness that can potentially say something about us … Some stories are set against a futuristic background, not necessarily on our planet. Others explore an alternate history, taking recent events down a totally different pathway – the infamous ‘what if’. Some stories centre around magical realism, others are straight-up psychological horror, no magic added. Creating them all was super fun.”
Ramona Depares, interviewed for the Sunday Times of Malta: Exploring the darker side of us

“Well, doesn’t everyone have that little touch of darkness within, though? You won’t find any role models in these stories, but I think that’s exactly what makes them so relatable. I mean, sure they are lustful, greedy, insecure … but these are emotions we all go through, whether we like to admit it or not. The question is, what happens when you give this darker side free rein?”
— Ramona Depares, talking to Sunday Circle: Putting the spotlight on the female anti-hero

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