Ritual in the Dark

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'What an unforgettable, really great evocation. Terrible and tragic insight ... An important book.' - Sunday Times

'Not since Dickens has a British fiction writer dealt with murder in a book of such size and seriousness.' - Sunday Express

'Brilliant ... Magnificent! Murder mystery raised to major art!' - Chicago Sun-Times

'[A] powerful metaphysical thriller.... It is fascinating to think about; but it is no ...

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Overview

'What an unforgettable, really great evocation. Terrible and tragic insight ... An important book.' - Sunday Times

'Not since Dickens has a British fiction writer dealt with murder in a book of such size and seriousness.' - Sunday Express

'Brilliant ... Magnificent! Murder mystery raised to major art!' - Chicago Sun-Times

'[A] powerful metaphysical thriller.... It is fascinating to think about; but it is no less fascinating to read and re-read.' - Nicolas Tredell

Gerard Sorme is a lonely young Londoner at work on his first novel, in which he intends to express his belief in the meaninglessness of life. His life changes suddenly in unexpected ways when he befriends Austin Nunne, a wealthy and charming gay man with violent sexual desires, and meets Austin's circle of friends: Gertrude, his well-meaning but naive Jehovah's Witness aunt, the ugly but kindly Father Carruthers, and a strange and fanatical artist named Oliver Glasp. Meanwhile, someone else is busy exposing life's meaninglessness in a different way: a serial killer is brutally murdering women in Whitechapel in a manner reminiscent of the Jack the Ripper slayings. The police suspect a crazed sex maniac, but Gerard has his own theory of the killer's motives. As the killings continue and the investigation proceeds, Gerard suddenly finds himself haunted by a terrible suspicion: could his new friend Austin Nunne have anything to do with the crimes?

Colin Wilson's classic first novel, Ritual in the Dark (1960), remains a chilling page-turner, a brilliant fusion of murder mystery and existential philosophy. This edition is newly typeset from the first London edition and includes the author's introduction to the 1993 edition and a new foreword by Wilson scholar and bibliographer Colin Stanley.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781939140128
  • Publisher: Valancourt Books
  • Publication date: 3/12/2013
  • Pages: 454
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.01 (d)

Meet the Author

Colin Wilson was born in Leicester in 1931. He left school at 16 and worked at various jobs while reading and writing in his spare time. His study The Outsider was published by Victor Gollancz in 1956 and became an overnight sensation in England and America, bringing widespread popular and critical attention to its 24 year old author; the book has never been out of print. He followed The Outsider with two further nonfiction works, Religion and the Rebel (1957) and The Age of Defeat (1959), which were not as well received, before turning to fiction in 1960 with Ritual in the Dark, a novel he had worked on since age 17.
He continued to write prolifically in numerous genres, both fiction and nonfiction, including works on the occult, crime, and serial killers. His prolific output of fiction includes two subsequent novels featuring Gerard Sorme, the protagonist of Ritual in the Dark—Man Without a Shadow (1963) and The God of the Labyrinth (1970)—as well as novels in the vein of H. P. Lovecraft, including The Mind Parasites (1967) and The Philosopher’s Stone (1969).
Wilson has published more than 150 books and resides with his wife Joy in Cornwall, where he has lived for more than fifty years.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2014

    Wonderful Read

    A leisurely paced by todays standards pschological thriller. Enter into the world created by Wilson. Evocative and magical but with a strong sense of time and place.

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