Years ago, Seán ‘Tyrone’ O’Brien left his wife and son in County Tyrone to find work in the South Wales Valleys. Now his wife is dying, and sends her son Jack out to find out what became of his father. Séan’s last letter came from ‘somewhere called Aberuffern’. Unbeknownst to Jack, Aber-uffern translates as ‘the mouth of Hell’, and a young man’s journey in innocence is quickly enveloped in nightmare.
Inspired by the Mexican novel Pedro Paramo by Juan Rulfo, this haunting novella is based on a play of the same name, premiered in Cardiff in 2010. The lively, blackly humorous and intelligent storytelling is accompanied by a series of 20 woodcuts by the author.
Mark Ryan played in various punk bands during the late 1970s, including Adam and the Ants. He later turned to theatre and began a successful career as a playwright. He is the author of The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde As Told To Carl Jung By An Inmate Of Broadmoor Asylum, performed to five-star reviews in Edinburgh, London, Cardiff and San Francisco. Mark died in 2011, as he was finalising the text for this novel.