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The Darkest Part of the Woods

by Ramsey Campbell

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Historically I have found Campbell's work to be rather verbose and unengaging. Since this had received good press I thought I'd revisit his work, alas I still found the prose dense, with swathes of pages which did little to propel the story in any meaningful way. Campbell's approach to horror is similar to John Saul's, where the tension is delivered from character driven fear and the creation of an unseen and affecting malevolence, however The Darkest Part of the Woods produces little of either. It's not compensated by any action either, ultimately producing a novel that has rather little to offer. Clearly there is a market for Campbell's work, however I found very little entertainment within the pages, although I was interested in how finished, suggesting the basic premise has value. ( )
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For decades the lives of the Price family have been snarled with the fate of the ancient forest of Goodmanswood. There, Dr. Lennox Price discovered an hallucinogenic moss which quickly became the focus of a cult. Though the moss is long gone, the whole forest can now affect the minds of visitors.

After Lennox is killed trying to return to his beloved wood, his widow sees and hears him in the trees-or is it a dark version of the Green Man that caresses her with leafy hands? Lennox's grandson heeds a call to lie in his lover's arms in the very heart of the forest-and cannot help but wonder what the fruit of that love will be.

And Heather, Lennox's daughter, who turned her back on her father's mysteries and sought sanctuary in the world of facts and history? Goodmanswood summons her as well . . .

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