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A Shadow on the Wall [Large Print] [Paperback]

Jonathan Aycliffe
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Paperback: 263 pages
  • Publisher: Thorndike Press; Lrg edition (Sep 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786231831
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786231836
  • Product Dimensions: 22 x 12.4 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Edward Atherton, Rector of Thornham St Stephen, should never have meddled with the tomb of the 14th century Abbot of Thornham. From the moment the workman raised the tomb lid, the horror began. Atherton is pursued by a malign shadowy presence to his untimely death a few weeks later. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars A perfect ghostly chiller 6 Aug 2011
By downkiddie TOP 500 REVIEWER
This is the perfect winter book for a winter's night by the fire. Its academic and ecclesiastical settings, with characters being both Cambridge dons and clerics, immediately screams M. R. James. The plot, of a malevolent force being summoned up by a well meaning rector, could easily be an M. R. James story. The horror is very finely crafted and always subtle in the best tradition of ghost stories. The bleak fenland setting is also well described, although the soujourn to France midway through gets only a passing mention. This is probably for the best as too much Provencal sunshine could alter the mood and feel of the book. Only just over 200 pages, the book does not drag and is succintly written. This is the first Aycliffe book I have read, I look forward to picking up other works by the author.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Master of the Eerie 22 May 2013
He has a gift for the eerie, the slow burning horror or ghost story. He lets your imagination conjure up the shadows and darkness in your own mind. He with his words takes you there and your own imagination does the rest.
Perhaps this is not quite as good as some others that he has written but still excellent and to be recommended.
If you enjoy the classic or gothic ghost story this man does it better than everyone.
With "The Matrix" he even brdged the gap into horror and did it with some style though still a pot boiler.
Excellent stuff if you like that kind of thing and i do.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A subtle chiller, beautifully written 15 Oct 2006
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This is one of Jonathan Aycliffe's gentle chillers, with a donnish 19th-century hero at its centre and a sinister tomb and baleful influences. It's impossible not to mention this book without also mentioning the great M R James - that master of the polite spine-tingler - but Aycliffe writes his own story in his own way, and it's a great read. He evokes the feel and the atmosphere as if he had stepped into a time machine and gone back to that era.
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