Seven Days of Cain

Seven Days of Cain

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by Ramsey Campbell
     
 

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Is anyone really innocent?

On two continents, weeks apart, two people are brutally murdered: a Barcelona street performer and a New York playwright are each gruesomely tortured to death. In Britain, photographer Andy Bentley begins receiving mysterious emails. The messages refer to the killings and contain hints that the murderer has a personal connection to

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Is anyone really innocent?

On two continents, weeks apart, two people are brutally murdered: a Barcelona street performer and a New York playwright are each gruesomely tortured to death. In Britain, photographer Andy Bentley begins receiving mysterious emails. The messages refer to the killings and contain hints that the murderer has a personal connection to Andy. But what is it? Are the emails coming from the killer himself? And what, if anything, does Andy's past have to do with the deaths? As the answers begin to take shape Andy will be forced to confront not only the consequences of his actions, but also the uncertainly of reality itself. Before that happens, how much that he loves will be destroyed?

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Publishers Weekly
British horror master Campbell (The House on Nazareth Hill) somewhat returns to form with a modern-day tale of psychological terror. British photographer Andy Bentley has a sedate life, working for the family firm and trying to figure out why he and his wife, Claire, can't conceive. Things begin to unravel after Max Beyer, a wealthy eccentric, hires Bentley to take a series of pictures intended to capture Beyer's disturbing true nature. Bentley has also been getting disturbing e-mails that may be connected to some brutal murders. After a short, unsettling prologue, the book takes its time returning to the horror plot line. The ultimate payoff is a bit of a letdown, with occasional lurches into silliness, but Campbell's characterizations and prose, especially in the opening sections, are solid. (Nov.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781609286675
Publisher:
Samhain Publishing
Publication date:
01/03/2012
Pages:
322
Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)

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Ramsey Campbell has been given more awards than any other writer in the field, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writers Association, a Living Legend Award from the International Horror Guild, and a Grand Master Award from the World Horror Convention. He has also received three Bram Stoker Awards, four World Fantasy Awards, two International Horror Guild Awards, and twelve British Fantasy Awards.

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Seven Days of Cain 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Cat_Cavendish More than 1 year ago
Ramsey Campbell is unquestionably one of the greatest horror writers of all time and The Seven Days of Cain shows why. This clever tale blurs the lines between reality and unreality so effectively, I was left wondering what - or who - I was! I enjoyed the twists and turns of this story and, as always, the author's elegant style that captures the characters and plot so perfectly. The setting for much of the story is one I am familiar with, having lived in Waterloo (north Liverpool) for some years. The Anthony Gormley beach installation - Another Place - with its identical statues, is used as a dramatic backdrop to some of the book's most memorable scenes. With The Seven Days of Cain, Ramsey Campbell entertained, intrigued and kept me well and truly hooked right up to the conclusion, firmly establishing it as one of my favourites of his. This isn't just a novel for horror lovers, but for anyone who enjoys suspense and a great story, masterfully told.