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The Pale Ones (original 2018; edition 2018)
by Bartholomew Bennett (Author)
The Pale Ones by Bartholomew Bennett (2018)
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Pulped fiction just got a whole lot scarier... "An insidiously disquieting tale, flavourfully told. What begins as a dark comedy of book collecting gradually accumulates a profound sense of occult dread, which lingers long after the book is finished. It's a real addition to the literature of the uncanny and an impressive debut for its uncompromising author." RAMSEY CAMPBELL, author of the Brichester Mythos trilogy Few books are treasured. Most linger in the dusty purgatory of the bookshelf, the attic, the charity shop, their sallow pages filled with superfluous knowledge. And with stories. Darker than ink, paler than paper, something is rustling through their pages. Harris delights in collecting the unloved. And in helping people. Or so he says. He wonders if you have anything to donate. To his 'children'. Used books are his game. Neat is sweet; battered is better. Tears, stains, broken spines - ugly doesn't matter. Not a jot. And if you've left a little of yourself between the pages - a receipt or ticket, a mislaid letter, a scrawled note or number - that's just perfect. He might call back. Hangover Square meets Naked Lunch through the lens of a classic M. R. James ghost story. To hell and back again (and again) via Whitby, Scarborough and the Yorkshire Moors. Enjoy your Mobius-trip. "To a soundtrack of wasps, The Pale Ones unsettles in the way of a parable by some contemporary, edgeland Lovecraft, or another of the authors the used-book dealers in this story no doubt seek out, Arthur Machen. The unnerving images which flicker in a sagging English landscape of charity shops, seaside bed and breakfasts and amusement arcades, washed with stale beer, linger in my imagination ages after reading." ANTHONY CARTWRIGHT, author of Heartland, BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime
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Melvil Decimal System (DDC)823.92Literature English & Old English literatures English fiction Modern Period 2000-
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