BLOG TOUR | Scouse Gothic – Ian McKinney

Hi everyone!

Welcome to my stop on the blog tour for Scouse Gothic (Book 1) ‘The Pool of Life..and Death’ by Ian McKinney, hosted by Rachel’s Random Resources! I’m excited to be sharing my review and I have a giveaway for those of you in the UK!

Melville wakes with a pounding headache – there had been too many hangovers recently, but this felt different. What had he been drinking last night? Then he remembered – it was blood.

Enter the bizarre world of Scouse Gothic where a reluctant vampire mourns a lost love and his past lives, where a retired ‘hitman’ plans one more killing and dreams of food, and a mother sets out to avenge her son’s murder, and , meanwhile, a grieving husband is visited by an angry angel.

Set in present day Liverpool, vampires and mortals co-exist, unaware of each other’s secrets and that their past and present are inextricably linked.

But as their lives converge, who will be expected to atone for past sins?

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Scouse Gothic is innovative, compelling, and something I love more, the more I think about it!

This book is made up of five stories that are seemingly unrelated, aside from the idea that they take place in Liverpool England. What is really cool is when you start learning how each story is intertwined. It is really something different! I don’t think I’ve read a story quite like this.

Ian McKinney has created some really fantastic characters. I am beyond impressed with how real, flawed, and well-rounded each one was. Complex isn’t even a great adjective to describe them. Each character is their own, unique individual and they don’t really act the way you’d expect. I absolutely love character-driven novels and this is a wonderful example of why I love them so much!

I’m really looking forward to reading more from Ian McKinney! I absolutely loved this novel. Highly recommended!



Ian was born and bred in Liverpool but left for university in the 1980’s when the city appeared to be in a terminal decline. After qualifying he worked in London and Essex before finally settling in Shropshire with his wife and daughter.

However a set of circumstances meant that he returned to live in the city once more. What he found was a modern vibrant city. The derelict buildings from his youth had been restored and repurposed. A dock was now a tourist attraction, a church was now a night club, a gaol now a hotel.

It was then that he had the idea for Melville a vampire who had known the city in its prime and had now returned to it. Initially the story of Melville was written as a short story, but the more Ian explored the city the more he realised there were many more tales to tell than just Melville’s. That was when the idea for Scouse Gothic was born.

The first book ‘A Pool of Life ..and Death’ , was very well received and has now been followed by a further two books. Ian continues to spend his time between Liverpool and Shropshire and is currently working on two further projects.

Twitter: Ian McKinney @scousegothic
Facebook: Ian McKinney @scousegothic


Win 2 x Scouse Gothic Mugs  (UK Only)


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