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Except Dudley isn’t a talented writer at all. He can imagine plenty of ...
Except Dudley isn’t a talented writer at all. He can imagine plenty of nasty things to do to women, but he can’t bring them to life on paper. Not until he’s done them for real.
And the more changes the director wants -- the more women he’ll have to kill.
"For more than forty years, Ramsey Campbell has been one of the premier horror writers of the English-speaking world. His latest novel is a creepy, sometimes blackly funny account of a haunted bookshop, and it shows Campbell at the top of his considerable form."—The Washington Post Book World on The Overnight
"[A] horror tour de force. His rich and evocative prose serves to wrap scenes in a dense miasma of disturbing images and shadowy shapes. A high water mark of horror."—Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Overnight
"A sense of impending doom lingers around the edges of this story, and as the incidents escalate, it becomes more palpable. Psychologically intense, this well-crafted horror tale isn't for the faint of heart."—Romantic Times BookClub Magazine on The Overnight
"Campbell draws the reader into the story slowly, accumulating a wealth of detail and family dynamics. One of the most unsettling voices in horror literature, back in fine, eerie form with The Darkest Part of the Woods."—Fangoria
"Pure dark magic."—Cemetery Dance on The Darkest Part of the Woods
"Campbell's masterpiece. Magically fresh and memorable."—Kirkus Reviews on The Darkest Part of the Woods
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Posted August 31, 2013
Posted September 2, 2013
Its Jacklene. I wrote all those. Its in result 5!!!! Tess is mad at you! We talk and i told her i found you here. She will forgive you. She wants to talk. Go to 'Your Book'. I dont know were that is but, good luck!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 2, 2006
Civil servant Dudley Smith writes a short story based on a true crime murder that occurred on an underground train. He entered his work in a Mersey Mouth magazine contest and won. However, the parents of a real victim of an identical homicide threaten to sue Mersey Mouth and Dudley. --- Instead of being upset editor Patricia Martingale is euphoric that they found a local talent and encourages Dudley to write more such tales starring ¿Mr. Killogram¿. A movie director is also interested. However, unbeknownst to Patricia or her cohorts at Mersey Mouth or perhaps they are just not interested since the bottom line is all that counts, Dudley can only write what he has performed thus when the movie director asks for script revisions, Dudley needs real life victims to rewrite when Patricia asks for a magazine article, Dudley needs real victims to write about. At the rate Dudley is going he might win an Oscar for screenwriting and an Agatha in the same year that is if he is not caught for his realism. --- This is a terrific crime thriller that showcases in cleverly restrained ways how Ramsey Campbell believes what the author¿s obligation is to his reader, his cast especially the lead character and to him or herself. Dudley keeps the tale together as a psychopath willing to exploit the avarice of the film and publications industries while symbiotically, the film director and the magazine editor are willing to exploit Dudley as they do not want to know the truth. The shock to SECRET STORY is the seemingly mundane mutual exploitation of the lead characters that leads to a great behind the scenes thriller. --- Harriet KlausnerWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 4, 2011
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