Writer, Author

Jim Bottomley

Jim Bottomley Writer-Author

Jim Bottomley writes novels, short stories and co-writes songs.

His novel, HYPNOTIZING LIONS was a finalist for the 2019 Arthur Ellis Award for best unpublished Canadian mystery manuscript. Unlike anything you’ve read, it’s a genre-bending psychological thriller, murder mystery and love story, offering intense suspense. Stay tuned for publication announcements.

Crazy things happen. Doesn’t make you crazy.

Charged with a murder he can’t remember, and battling otherworldly delusions spun by dangerous patients, must Dan Harkness lead a psychiatric prison breakout to prove his innocence and find his wife alive?

If life is a test, I’ve passed a few, but these are the craziest of times. I’m a failed songwriter working as a trucker. While delivering flowers for 2020 Valentine’s Day, I met a strange woman at a backroad diner who ran me off the road…

Jim’s short story RUNNING WITH SALMON was a finalist for the 2018 Federation of BC Writers Best Short. Other short works and poems have been published with the Sooke Writers Collective. Jim appears in Anthologies Four through Eight.

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Can sanity survive,

or do delusions destroy?

Forced to crash during a 2020 Valentine’s delivery, I have no memory of the murder of my beloved wife. Charged and sent to max-security, hypnotherapy likely delusional, the ward sociopath argues we must break out to find Gwen alive.

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Overturning genre boundaries, HYPNOTIZING LIONS
is a psychological thriller, murder mystery and love story offering intense suspense.

If life is a test, I’ve passed a few, but these are the craziest of times. I’m a failed songwriter working as a trucker. While delivering flowers for 2020 Valentine’s Day, I met a strange woman at a backroad diner who ran me off the road. Over one month later, I regained awareness sitting on my front lawn, the heat from flames waking me, our house on fire. They found a body burned beyond recognition who the police presume is my beloved wife, Gwen, but my desperate hope is that it can’t be her. I’ve been charged with murder and sent to a maximum-security hospital for evaluation. My psychiatrist, Doctor Cecily Williams, an expert at battling delusions, hopes to foil the power of folie a deux, the psychiatric syndrome that produces shared delusions. She worries that false memories drawn from me during hypnotherapy may fuel a delusion orchestrated by a dangerous sociopath. But are these false memories? The sociopath, who spins delusions to orchestrate violence he can watch, believes both he and I are on a mission struck by interdimensional forces. If true, to help save our delusional planet, we’ll have to break out of this psychiatric prison. Can I prove I’m no murderer and find my wife alive? Can sanity survive, or do delusions destroy?

Combining quantum physics with Eastern mysticism, HL speculates our lives are just one step in an interdimensional journey.

HL explores folie a deux, the fuel for delusions and conspiracies.

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