Patrick Torrington’s aunt Thelma was a successful artist whose late work turned towards the occult. While staying with her in his teens he found evidence that she used to visit magical sites. As an adult he discovers her journal of her explorations, and his teenage son Roy becomes fascinated too. His experiences at the sites scare Patrick away from them, but Roy carries on the search, together with his new girlfriend. Can Patrick convince his son that his increasingly terrible suspicions are real, or will what they’ve helped to rouse take a new hold on the world?
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About the Author:
Ramsey Campbell was born in Liverpool in 1946 and still lives on Merseyside. The Oxford Companion to English Literature describes him as “Britain’s most respected living horror writer”. He has been given more awards than any other writer in the field, including the Grand Master Award of the World Horror Convention, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Horror Writers Association, the Living Legend Award of the International Horror Guild and the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award.
In 2015 he was made an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University for outstanding services to literature. Among his novels are The Face That Must Die, Incarnate, Midnight Sun, The Count of Eleven, Silent Children, The Darkest Part of the Woods, The Overnight, Secret Story, The Grin of the Dark, Thieving Fear, Creatures of the Pool, The Seven Days of Cain, Ghosts Know, The Kind Folk, Think Yourself Lucky and Thirteen Days by Sunset Beach. Needing Ghosts, The Last Revelation of Gla’aki, The Pretence and The Booking are novellas.
His collections include Waking Nightmares, Alone with the Horrors, Ghosts and Grisly Things, Told by the Dead, Just Behind You and Holes for Faces, and his non-fiction is collected as Ramsey Campbell, Probably. Limericks of the Alarming and Phantasmal are what they sound like. His novels The Nameless and Pact of the Fathers have been filmed in Spain, where a film of The Influence is in production. He is the President of the Society of Fantastic Films.
“The Chimney”, World Fantasy Award, Best Short Story, 1978
“In The Bag”, British Fantasy Award, Best Short Story, 1978
The Parasite, British Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1980
“Mackintosh Willy”, World Fantasy Award, Best Short Story, 1980
Incarnate, British Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1985
The Hungry Moon, British Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1988
The Influence, British Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1989 and Premios Gigamesh, 1994 (for Spanish translation, Ultratumba)
Ancient Images, Children of the Night Award for Best Novel, 1989
Midnight Sun, British Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1991
Best New Horror (co-edited with Stephen Jones), British Fantasy Award and World Fantasy Award, Best Anthology or Collection, 1991
Alone With The Horrors, Stoker Award of the Horror Writers of America, Best Collection, 1994 and World Fantasy Award, Best Collection, 1994
The Long Lost, British Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1994
Liverpool Daily Post & Echo Award for Literature, 1994
Premio alla Carriera a Ramsey Campbell (Prize for the Career of Ramsey Campbell), Fantafestival, Rome, 1995
The House On Nazareth Hill, Best Novel, International Horror Guild, 1998
Grand Master Award, World Horror Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, 1999
Lifetime Achievement Award of the Horror Writers Association, 1999
Ghosts And Grisly Things, British Fantasy Award, Best Collection, 1999
Ramsey Campbell, Probably, Best Non-Fiction, International Horror Guild, 2002 and Stoker Award of the Horror Writers of America, Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction, 2002 and British Fantasy Award, Best Collection, 2002 Told By The Dead, British Fantasy Award, Best Collection, 2003
Howie Award of the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival for Lifetime Achievement, 2006 Living Legend Award of the International Horror Guild, 2007
The Grin Of The Dark, British Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 2008
Honorary Fellowship of John Moores University, Liverpool, for outstanding services to literature, 2015
Letters To Arkham, British Fantasy Award, Best Non-Fiction, 2015
Life Achievement Award, World Fantasy Awards, 2015
The Searching Dead, Children of the Night Award for Best Novel, 2016
Premio Sheridan Le Fanu for Campbell’s career, 2017 (given in Madrid)