The Hidden

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Rachel Wright wakes up in the hospital one morning with no memory of who she is. It takes a while, but once she gets over the shock she decides amnesia isn’t all bad. Rachel grasps this opportunity for a fresh start. What does she care if everyone she used to know thinks she’d changed a bit too much? Life is good for the “new” Rachel. . .

But now her life is starting to fray at the edges. She’s been having hideous nightmares and seeing strange things in mirrors. She’s becoming ...

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Overview

Rachel Wright wakes up in the hospital one morning with no memory of who she is. It takes a while, but once she gets over the shock she decides amnesia isn’t all bad. Rachel grasps this opportunity for a fresh start. What does she care if everyone she used to know thinks she’d changed a bit too much? Life is good for the “new” Rachel. . .

But now her life is starting to fray at the edges. She’s been having hideous nightmares and seeing strange things in mirrors. She’s becoming more and more certain that something bad is coming. Something wants to break into this world, to play games of blood and death with the living. And it’s coming for Rachel.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781428516960
  • Publisher: Dorchester Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Pages: 377

Meet the Author

Sarah Pinborough is a horror, thriller and YA author who has had ten novels published thus far. Her short stories have appeared in several anthologies and she has a horror screenplay currently in development. Sarah was the 2009 winner of the British Fantasy Award for Best Short Story, and has three times been short-listed for Best Novel. She has also been short-listed for a World Fantasy Award. Her novella, The Language of Dying (PS Publishing) was short-listed for the Shirley Jackson Award and won the 2010 British Fantasy Award for Best Novella.

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The Hidden



By Sarah Pinborough


Dorchester Publishing


Copyright © 2004

Sarah Pinborough

All right reserved.

ISBN: 0-8439-5480-9



Chapter One


It was four o'clock in the morning when the dreams woke her
again. Her heart was thumping rapidly against her chest as she
leapt upwards in her bed, lungs gasping for air. Still
clinging to the sheets she rolled over, falling to the floor
where she crouched, retching for what felt like forever as the
cool sweat dried against her skin. Fumbling frantically above
her she found the bedside lamp and with shaking hands managed
to turn it on. As the light flooded into every corner of the
small room, the sudden change making her eyes cringe, she
leant back thankfully against the built in wardrobes, and
breathed deeply. She was still shivering, but as she focused
on the familiar surroundings, her body slowly calmed down.
Hauling herself to her feet, she made her way into the
bathroom to splash her face with mercifully cool water.

God, she looked like shit. Sure, the mirror was old and a bit
cracked, but it was still reflecting faithfully enough. Her
blue eyes were just a little too pink around the edges, and
the rings underneath were getting blacker daily. She'd also
lost weight. Hah. No wonder she hadn't been getting laid
lately. She forced a smile. Soaking her hands first, she ran
them through her hair, the only part of her that still looked
healthy, and sighed soulfully.Maybe it was time to go back to
the doctor and get some Valium or whatever the nineties
version was. The shrink certainly didn't do any good, but
then, that could hardly be classed as his fault. How can you
analyse someone who's being ripped apart by terrible
nightmares when they can never remember the detail from the
moment they wake up? God, she was fucked up. The last five
months had seemed like an eternity, every night worse than
it's predecessor, dreams emerging from nowhere, for no real
reason.

Her head was starting to throb, like the onset of a bruiser of
a migraine. Great. Perfect. Maybe it was a tumour growing
insidiously inside the shelter of her skull. She pushed that
comforting thought right out of the way and reached for the
handle on the cabinet above the sink, sure that there were
paracetamol waiting to rescue her within. She stopped halfway;
her hand hovering uncertainly in the air, for the moment
completely abandoned by her brain. Something was happening in
the mirror. Something small, but something that was growing
fast. There were colours, shapes, things moving. She looked
closer, confused, her head really thumping now, her heart
rapidly catching up with it. What the fuck was that? Something
she almost recognised was trying to pull itself into form, but
was getting all messed up with her reflected face, distorting
it, stretching her lips and eyelids. It wasn't nice. She
wanted it to stop now, oh yes, stopping now would be good. Her
stomach knotted with dread as the world around her drained
away, leaving only the mirror and the headache. Her heart was
trying to escape her chest and her legs were like water as she
felt the heat rush to her face. She was starting to panic, and
dimly, beneath the haze of pain her bladder gave way and she
heard the rush of liquid as it hit the tiles beneath her. The
pain was engulfing her completely and she slid down the wall
behind her, coming to rest in the warm puddle of pee she had
so recently released. Please God, I don't want a brain tumour,
please God, I don't want to die in my bathroom, please God,
make whatever's happening in the mirror go away, please
somebody help me, please. She was moaning gently, indistinct
sounds, slipping away uselessly.

The surface of the mirror was stretching out towards her,
whatever thing that was in there, eager to be released. This
was it, she was dying, she knew that now. She could see what
was happening in the bathroom but knew that none of it was
real, none of it could ever be real. It was in her mind. None
of it mattered, except she was dying and she didn't want too.
She was dying in her own piss, alone and terrified. She could
feel consciousness wresting itself away from her desperate
grasp and just when she thought terror would overcome her, she
glanced back up to see the writhing shape before her smashing
the mirror, as it emerged new-born.

It was then that it all became clear, the dreams flooding back
in a flash, images piercing the pain. She realised with
terrible clarity that there were some things that were worse
than death, some things that were much much worse, and as the
figure leant over her smiling, she screamed and screamed with
the last of her breath; not for help, because she knew that
would be futile, but screamed for what she knew was to come.

For what the dreams had shown her.

(Continues...)





Excerpted from The Hidden
by Sarah Pinborough
Copyright © 2004 by Sarah Pinborough .
Excerpted by permission.
All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 7, 2006

    Mirrors

    This was the most extraordinary book I've ever read.It was so full of fantasy and frightening.This book may as well be rated 'Outstanding'.This book made me deem of a world of darkness and unearthly creatures.Sarah is filled with frightening ideas!That's a good thing,in my world and hers!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 4, 2004

    FRIGHTENING AND FUN

    This book is definetely one of the best horror books I have ever read! This book has many frightening scenes, which kept my light on all night long. You should go out and buy this book right away, if you want to be scared or entertained.

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