Born in Greenwich, London, Christopher Fowler is the multi-award winning author of the lauded Bryant & May Peculiar Crimes Unit mystery novels. Solaris published his horror novel Hell Train in 2012 and Plastic in 2013. He is a regular columnist for both The Independent on Sunday and The Financial Times.
Nyctophobiaby Christopher Fowler
Newly-married architect Callie and her wealthy husband Mateo move to Hyperion House, a grand old home in southern Spain. It's an eccentric place built in front of a cliff: serene and beautiful, but eerily symmetrical, and cunningly styled so that half the
An original thriller from bestselling author Christopher Fowler that reinventing the haunted house story.
Newly-married architect Callie and her wealthy husband Mateo move to Hyperion House, a grand old home in southern Spain. It's an eccentric place built in front of a cliff: serene and beautiful, but eerily symmetrical, and cunningly styled so that half the house is flooded with light, and half – locked up and neglected – is shrouded in darkness. Unemployed and feeling isolated in a foreign country, Callie determines to research the history of the curious building.
But the past is sometimes best left alone. Uncovering the folklore of the house's strange history, Callie is drawn into darkness and delusion. As a teenager Callie was afraid of the dark, and now with her adolescent nyctophobia returning she becomes convinced there's someone in the darkened rooms. Somewhere in the darkness lies the truth about Hyperion House.
But some doors should never be opened.
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I've read numerous times - don't begin your story too early - that's how this one felt to me. For the first 70 pages, nothing happened. It was primarily backstory and Callie mentioning MANY times how beautiful the light was in the house. Callie was difficult to connect with and, for me, it's a tough read when you can't identify with your MC. Although I really liked Mateo, the relationship between him and Callie seemed a little implausible. After so much in-depth description about the house and the light, I began skimming through the pages. That's not to say this book didn't have its moments. Nyctophobia was more of a gothic horror story, not blood, slash, and gore - only with a slower burn than most gothics I've read. Once the story really began, there were some macabre occurrences and I felt the second half of the book was much more exciting and better paced. The ending alone was worth sticking around for. This book was also well-written and the descriptions of Spain painted a beautiful picture. If you prefer your ghost stories to move at a slower pace, but with some truly eerie moments, this is your book. This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.
A great throwback horror book. None of the over the top hollywood gore that is now permeating the genre. This one relies on your own personal fear to keep your hackles up. Creepy. Something else that sets this one apart, research. Basing this on some more obscure history is a definite plus. The research involved in the Hyperion society, architecture, and the Spanish revolution makes this story come to life. This one keeps the pages turning and the night lights burning.
Nyctophobia is the best horror book I’ve read in 2014, and I doubt I’ll find a better book any time soon. The writing was exquisite, rich in detail, atmospheric and haunting. The book started out slow, and I expected to find a rather standard haunted house story, but this is completely different, and utterly, utterfly terrifying. I had nightmares about this book last night, and I don’t think they’ll be the first. I don’t mind nightmares though, especially not when the cause is a book as amazing as this one. In Nyctophobia, Callie has had a troubling childhood. Anorexia, trying to commit suicide, a controlling mother…When she meets Mateo, it feels like she’s finally getting her life back together. He’s a wine importer, originally from Spain, and years older than her. But to Callie it doesn’t matter – she’s in love, and Mateo is the best thing that ever happened to her. The two of them get married, and Mateo buys a grand old house in Southern Spain, named Hyperion House. The house is strange, and an architectural miracle, which is great for Callie. She studied architecture, and wants to write a book about the house. The front part of the house is always bathing in light, and ideal place for a person with nyctophobia – fear for the dark. But the back part of the house, the servant’s quarter, are always in the dark, with a mountain looming over them. As Callie and her family move into the house, she wants to investigate all the rooms, including the ones in the dark. However, the rooms are locked, the keys supposedly lost. The old housekeeper won’t share any secrets about the house, even though Callie feels she’s keeping quite a few. But then Callie starts hearing strange noises from the darkened rooms, shuffling, footsteps, furniture moving, whispers. What is going on in her new house? How is it connected to the previous owners? Can she protect the people she loves? I know it may sound cliché, but one it’s revealed what’s going on…well, I was shocked enough to nearly drop out of my chair, and then I was so terrified I had to glance behind my shoulder every now and then. There is no blood and gore, but the horror slowly creeps up on you, until it soaks into your skin and doesn’t let you go. Amazing. Horrific. Terrifying. The best writing I’ve read in ages. Read it for yourself if you don’t believe me, but I can do nothing but recommend it. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.