A former professor offers film critic Simon the chance of a lifetime--to write a book on one of the greatest long-lost comedians of the silent-film era, Tubby Thackeray. Simon is determined to find out the truth behind the jolly fat man's disappearance from film--and from the world.
Tubby's work carries the unmistakable stamp of the macabre. People literally laughed themselves to death during his performances. Soon, wherever Simon goes, laughter--and a clown's wide, threatening grin--follow. Is Simon losing his mind? Or is Tubby Thackeray waiting for him to open the door back to the world?
Ramsey Campbell has won a dozen British Fantasy and World Fantasy Awards and three Bram Stoker Awards. A new Campbell novel is an opportunity to delight in the craftsmanship of an extraordinary writer.
|Publisher:||Tom Doherty Associates|
|File size:||489 KB|
About the Author
Ramsey Campbell lives in the Liverpool area in England. He is the author of The Overnight, The Darkest Part of the Woods, and the classic Obsession, among other novels. His short fiction has been collected in several anthologies, including Alone With the Horrors
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It is a very long book. I made it to the final 100 pages before giving up. I really tried to get into this book. One problem for me was that the author kept switching from reallity to the clowns and other characters. I had a hard time following along. Then it got too bizarre with the clown that I finally just gave up. Maybe others might like it but I did not.
Hoping to somewhat rekindle his self destroyed film critic career so that even seven year old Mark implies innocently that he¿s a loser, dishonored Simon Lester is writing a biography on long forgotten silent film star Tubby Thackeray. The actor was quite a character who could stir normally serene people into a riotous mob with some of the shocking actions he did until Hollywood had enough and blacklisted him.-------------- Simon detests the research into his subject¿s personal life even as the apparent spirit of the scandalous actor seems to harass his every activity even over the Internet. Simon fears he may be losing his mind as he knows there is not such thing as ghosts yet he keeps getting visits from the long forgotten blackballed silent screen star whose grinning clown visage frightens the wannabe author in light let alone what that grin in the dark does to him.----- This is a tense thriller in which readers will keep changing their mind as to whether it is a ghost story or a psychological horror tale. Simon simply makes the novel work, frighteningly so, with his seemingly innocent relationships including with the apparent ghost of his biographical subject. Ramsey Campbell keeps the tension stratospheric as the audience will wonder like the lead character whether he is going insane as Mr. Campbell cleverly invoked the images of clowns to add to the foreboding sense of personal disaster.--------- Harriet Klausner
Runs to last result
Rory puts the note in her bag. Then Mallory drags Rory to next result.
*picks up the note* (oh. Sorry)