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Primeval Wood

by Richard Gavin

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PRIMEVAL WOOD, is a refreshing horror story that harkens back to the style of horror writers a hundred years ago; specifically, Gavin's style is very reminiscent of Arthur Machen and Algernon Blackwood. This is one of my preferred styles of horror. In lieu of gore or violence it expresses horror through a subtle and mystical sense of otherness. Usually the style is more suggestive than outright descriptive. The story masterfully deals with the concept of psychogeography or tapping into the "spirit of a place", a concept that interests me greatly. I've read all of Richard Gavin's books. This could very well be his best yet.

In brief, the story is about a man who rents a cabin in a remote area of England for a week get-away. While there he goes for a hike in the local legend-haunted woods and hills. While there he encounters something while in the woods. The incident is described as a quasi-mystical experience. Gavin also incorporates occult and folkloric concepts into the story's themes. It's really a strangely beautiful story. ( )
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