Author: Darren Charlton


ISBN: 9781788953061 Category:

PUBLICATION DATE: September 1 2022

BINDING: Paperback

EXTENT: 384 pages

DIMENSIONS: 129 x 198 mm

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With the tide turned against the Dead, Peter and the remaining community on Wranglestone prepare to leave for town, where the comforts of the world before await them. Could this be the home that finally brings both safety and unity for all?

Cooper isn’t so sure. He harbours feelings from that terrible night on the lake and worse, a secret … codename, Timberdark.

With Cooper’s new found connection to the Dead, Peter’s suspicions about what he might do next grow. Faced with losing the boy he loves, Peter must uncover the truth about the mysterious Timberdark before their future together and the world around them is placed in danger.

A thrilling and thought-provoking sequel to the winner of the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize for Older Readers, WRANGLESTONE.


“Fresh and compelling and totally immersive.” – Sunday Irish Independent

“Charlton’s fantastic debut is both a page turning zombie thriller and a beautifully drawn gay love story.” – i Newspaper

“A bucolic, intimate twist on the zombie/post-apocalyptic story… It’s impressive how Darren has combined the pace, thrills, and gore you expect from zombie fiction with a genuinely tender romance.” – David Owen, author of GRIEF ANGELS

“Thrilling zombie epic meets gorgeous gay love story. The world-building is deft, the writing poetic … this is very special! Properly scary and properly heart-warming.” – William Hussey, author of HIDEOUS BEAUTY

“A complete treasure of a book – page-turning, stunning writing, an extraordinary setting and with a gorgeous love story at its heart.” – Lisa Heathfield, author of I AM NOT A NUMBER

1 review for Timberdark

  1. Karin Carter

    Having thoroughly enjoyed ‘Wranglestone’ I was delighted to be approved for a pre-publication ARC. Thanks to the publisher for permitting this.

    The sequel did not disappoint picking up where ‘Wranglstone’ left off. Peter and Cooper’s relationship is developing but is not without it’s issues as with many young couples. I loved the way we are drawn into their world and how it is described. The wilderness and it’s beauty despite obvious dangers, is central to this novel, evoking a desire to experience it for ourselves. The descriptions are captivating and seriously eerie at times, but that’s what makes this novel work.

    The mystery surrounding ‘Timberdark’ keeps you guessing to the end and Charlton never fails to make the hairs stand up on the back of your neck with some seriously spooky moments. The new characters are interesting, allowing us to build a picture of the wider world; an interesting and insightful look at the times we currently live in.

    I have already pre-ordered a copy for our school library and look forward to discussing the merits of this novel with my students.
    5 Stars

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Meet the author

Darren Charlton

Darren lives in London with his partner, Shaun, and works in the voluntary sector for a homeless organisation. His lifetime obsessions with the National Parks of America, horror, film music and 80s ki…