The Haunted Book Paperback
by Jeremy Dyson
* What unspeakable horror glimpsed in the basement of a private library in West Yorkshire drove a man to madness and an early grave? * What led to an underground echo chamber in a Manchester recording studio being sealed up for good? * What creature walks the endless sands of Lancashire's Fleetwood Bay, and what connects it to an unmanned craft washed ashore in Port Elizabeth, nearly six thousand miles away? In 2009 Jeremy Dyson was contacted by a journalist wanting help bringing together accounts of true life ghost stories from across the British Isles. The Haunted Book chronicles the journey Dyson, formerly a hardened sceptic, went on to uncover the truth behind these tales.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages, black & white illustrations, maps
- Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 06/06/2013
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780857862433
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Review by clfisha
Enjoy getting lost in a good book? Well getting lost in this one could prove fatal. Jeremy Dyson has been asked to fictionalise true accounts of the supernatural and so we are introduced to a book of deliciously creepy stories, personally introduced by Dyson. A homage (as he says in the intro) to the scary books of his childhood. There are unsettling modern hauntings and hidden crimes, disappearances, terrifying meetings with other selves, desolate moors and secret government bunkers. Then of course they start to bleed their themes into the authors reality and then .. and then they .. well um.. hmm.. lets just say this is not a book to take to bed it is a book to be constrained in a locked bookcase in case it gets out. It's wonderfully written, with a lovely mix of tales and almost, but not quite, too clever for its own good. It incorporates good old fashioned horror with a modern spin and it knows its genre. Knows exactly how to worm its way into your head. I couldn't put the book down and this is while I was truly, utterly freaked out (note to self: do not read this alone in the house & never visit Library basements).If you are not a sensitive soul like me there is still much to like here, much to appreciate not just the storiesthemselves but the unusual, fun narrative. Horror aficionados as much as meta fiction fans will lap this up. If there is anything else out there like it I would love to know.Highly recommended.