Among the Dead


"Among the Dead" was Kevin Wignall's second book, published in the UK in 2002. The odd one out among his adult titles, it opens with five students who have just hit and killed another student while driving home from a party. Because the driver has been drinking, they make the fateful decision not to report the accident. Years later, they've all gone their separate ways. Alex Stratton is a successful psychiatrist, specializing in the chilling disorder from which he himself suffers - sleep paralysis. When two of his former friends die in mysterious circumstances his psychological state becomes ever more fragile. Is he being haunted by Emily Barratt, the girl they killed all those years before, or is one of their own number eliminating the witnesses to the crime they were all part of?

K's US publisher, Simon & Schuster, didn't publish "Among the Dead", choosing to concentrate on his more obviously thriller titles. In the UK, following on the modest performance of "People Die", sales were poor, numbering only a few thousand, and "Among the Dead" is no longer in print. Despite this, the book has a strong cult following, and it has some high-profile enthusiasts, most notably best-selling American author, Laura Lippman. It's currently available on Kindle and can be bought here -

In 2007, Oyvind Holm of the Norwegian band, Deleted Waveform Gatherings, got in touch to ask permission to write a song based on the book which he'd found profoundly moving. The result was "Emily Barratt's Dead", based on the strap-line that appears on the back of the book and the excellent video can be seen by clicking the icon to the right, or by clicking HERE 

You can buy an MP3 of the song by clicking the album cover to the left (USA) or by clicking HERE (UK)

In 2008, Oyvind asked K to write the lyrics for a song on their new album. The result was "All Our Futures" which you can listen to or buy as an MP3 by clicking the album cover to the right (USA) or by clicking HERE (UK)

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