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The Night Clock
     

The Night Clock

by Paul Meloy
 

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An incredible debut novel that will move and terrify you, as reality itself is threatened by a world just beyond our own.

And still the Night Clock ticks...

Phil Trevena’s boss is an idiot, his daughter is running wild, and his patients are killing themselves. There is something terrible growing in Phil that even his years as a mental health worker can&rsquo

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An incredible debut novel that will move and terrify you, as reality itself is threatened by a world just beyond our own.

And still the Night Clock ticks...

Phil Trevena’s boss is an idiot, his daughter is running wild, and his patients are killing themselves. There is something terrible growing in Phil that even his years as a mental health worker can’t explain - until he meets the enigmatic Daniel, and learns of the war for the minds of humanity that rages in Dark Time, the space between reality and nightmares measured by the Night Clock.

Drawn into the conflict, Phil and Daniel encounter the Firmament Surgeons, a brave and strange band that are all that prevents the nightmarish ranks of the Autoscopes overrunning us. The enemy is fuelled by a limitless hatred that could rip our reality apart. To end the war the darkness that dwells in the shadow of the Night Clock must be defeated...

Paul Meloy’s extraordinarily rich debut novel introduces us to a world just beyond our own, shattering our preconceptions about creativity and the human mind, and presenting us with a novel like no other.

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Publishers Weekly
07/20/2015
Meloy returns to the frightening dream worlds of his novella “Dogs with Their Eyes Shut” in this dark fantasy set in present-day London. When Phil Trevena’s psychiatric patients start dying, he’s drawn into the middle of an otherworldly battle and is soon led to a man named Daniel, one of the Firmament Surgeons, who possess paranormal abilities. Daniel is among those who hold remnants of the Night Clock, which is now under attack by the Autoscopes, who hope to usher in an age of despair and darkness. If the Firmament Surgeons fail to get the Night Clock running again, the fate of humankind, and the universe, will be grim. Skin-crawling dread is explored with relish, and creatures right out of a Bosch painting will please horror fans hungry for visceral terror, but the real entertainment of this novel lies in the juxtaposition of the wondrous and the grotesque, along with wry wit. Delights such as a dog and a tiger that can talk lend childlike awe to an otherwise dark, yet oddly hopeful tale. (Nov.)
Adam Nevill
“How do you entwine humour and tragedy without one detracting from the other? Ask Paul Meloy, because he’s done it in The Night Clock."
S.L. Grey
The Night Clock isn't just a good horror novel, it's a great one. Superbly written, full of bite, originality, and, most importantly, heart and soul.”
Tim Lebbon
“A novel from Meloy has been a long time coming, and this debut delivers in style. This is writing that not only paints pictures, but builds worlds. And what terrifying, thrilling, beautiful worlds they are."
Kirkus Reviews
2015-08-18
British psychiatric nurse Phil Trevena's patients are dying, a frightening prelude to the potential loss of all reality—unless he and a time traveler named Daniel can rebuild the clock that commands the Dark Time flux. Known for his fractured-reality short stories (Dogs With Their Eyes Shut, 2013, etc.), Meloy often mixes comedy and terror, as he does in this debut novel, in which the "devil-in-dreams," a malevolent force, corrupts some of the Firmament Surgeons—those charged with keeping "the mechanisms of Creation running against the entropy arising from the fall of man"—into Autoscopes, who wage the paranormal Autosomachy war against hope. Linking both death and unmotivated violence to the theft of dreams (echoing Neil Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane), Meloy builds a complex, confusing puzzle while deploying a muscular, humorous, profane voice, which can sometimes backfire. Take this image of "an elderly lady, kyphotic and bandy…." Kyphotic? Technically accurate, yet it stops a reader cold. Whether he links a mass shooting to a man-turned-crazed fish who rides a Mad Max-inspired armored mobility scooter or shows us how a psychiatric patient, Daniel, is really the time-altering "hypnopomp," Meloy utilizes a daunting array of genre favorites: a zombie; talking animals; murderous, semiorganic machinery; vitreosaurs; a train named the Railgrinder (a nod to Railsea?); and Dune-like Dr. Natus, a living fetus in a bottle, "a dead baby with the mind of a god." This tumultuous romp, which shifts rapidly from one character's viewpoint to another, is anchored by Trevena, whose warmth provides needed emotional continuity in a shocking, roiling, but imitative quest to protect human dreams.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781781083765
Publisher:
Solaris
Publication date:
11/10/2015
Pages:
384
Sales rank:
1,342,138
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 7.70(h) x 0.80(d)

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Meet the Author

Paul Meloy was born in 1966 in South London. He is the author of Islington Crocodiles and Dogs with Their Eyes Shut, and the forthcoming collection Electric Breakfast. His work has been published in Black Static, Interzone and a variety of award winning anthologies. He lives in Devon with his family.

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