- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: Cutting Edge Press (1 Aug. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 190812251X
- ISBN-13: 978-1908122513
- Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 13.3 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 329,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Blackheath Seance Parlour Paperback – 1 Aug 2013
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I love travel, the more off the beaten track the better, the Peruvian Amazon, Venezuela's Mount Roraima (see Conan Doyle's Lost World) and the smaller town of Japan's Islands being my favourites - so far.
My heart runs to a small seaside town in West Wales whenever I need escape. I've turned that into my next novel The Adequate Swimmer.
I live in Blackheath, South East London, home of the Blackheath Seance Parlour and I work in film and television.
Basically, reading this back, I appear to be turning all the places I love into horrendous places in my books. I seem to be systematically destroying my life! Still, it's Bingo tonight.
'A great read: funny, thought provoking, and lively. Not to mention a great way to be taken back in time as you walk across the heath. Just take a lantern with you...' - The Blackheath Bugle
'Grounded in realism, with local history spilling out from the pages and characters with an endearingly informal way of speaking that somehow evokes the spirit of the time.' - Emerald Street
'Here's a book that is perfect for the time of year - sibling love and rivalry, dark and broody gothic setting, ghosts and murders. A splash of humour, a lot of pubs and some cracking dialogue.' - Anne Cater Random Things Through My Letterbox
'It is great to see such a mental and unique and intriguing book. The fact that it delves in to historical opinions on the underworld and religion and women's place in society, as well as being a bit crazy and out there is wonderful and pretty darn unique if you ask me.' - Book Geek
'What a read! I honestly had no idea what to expect from this novel, but after a few pages I was hooked by the unusual and original storyline, the strong female characters, and the enthralling writing style of Alan Williams.' - A Spoonful of Happy Endings
'The descriptions in this brilliantly conveyed the dark other worldly goings on and the atmosphere of the book had me feeling like I was right there with the sisters! Fantastically spooky, gripping and gothic! A great read for Halloween!' - --Laura's Little Book Blog
About the Author
Alan Williams worked as a script editor for the BBC, working on "Absolutely Fabulous", "Birds of a Feather" and "Keeping up Appearances" to name but a few. He went on to edit "Writers' Monthly" and launch "Television Essentials" and "Advance Production News". He lives in Blackheath, London, has won awards for his short stories, and includes chocolate eclairs as one of his favourite hobbies.
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I purchased The Blackheath Seance Parlour after initially linking up with author Alan Williams on Twitter. The novel is split into two; one story following the lives of Maggie and Judy Cloak and the other following the lives of a count and countess who are, shall we say, a little different from the rest of the human race. Initially Maggie and Judy are in the depths of despair; penniless and borderline alcoholic spinsters.They are following in the footsteps of ancestors by running a chocolate shop in Blackheath. However the business is failing and they are practically desolate. Then Judy comes up with the idea of transforming their store into a Seance Parlour. Enter medium Mrs Walters and so the adventures begin.
As the novel progresses we discover that the count and countess are products of a book written by Judy who holds dreams of publication. Whether or not she is successful, I will leave you to find out. However I will say that I felt that this subplot worked well and did not detract from the main storyline.
I am intrigued by stories of the dark arts and this is what led me to read BSP. The descriptions of Maggie as she battles with her lack of ability then subsequently her extreme powers and personal demons, are so believable. The novel is set in an era where the public were obsessed with contacting spirits and it demonstrates the great lengths performers would go to fulfil this. The final chapters leave you feeling both a sense of happiness and a sense of sorrow, but the ending is somewhat fitting for all characters.
I have already asked Alan Williams if there is another book on the pipeline and he assures me that he is "nearly there".Read more ›
I won't relate the plot; some reviewers have already revealed too much. Bit suffice to say that after a slightly slow start there are plenty of twists and turns, including one that caught me completely by surprise. Perhaps unusually, the main characters are all women and are well drawn whereas the men, with one notable exception, are mainly foils. In that way, it's an interesting reversal on the novels of the period in which it is set. It's also pleasing that while the author has clearly done his research he doesn't clutter the narrative with superfluous information to demonstrate the point.
Since I finished it I've been raving about this book to all the "reading" friends that I know. The last book to have that effect on on me was The Time Traveler's Wife. I bought about a dozen copies of that and gave it to people as Christmas presents. I may do the same with this. As a final endorsement: my wife, who rarely has time to read, picked it up and finished it in a day, which is some recommendation.
Without giving any of the storyline away, briefly, story itself begins with two sisters stuck in a routine and life that has very little reward. They rely too much on each other for company but you feel they almost resent each other for it. Not actually in complete agreement with each other they embark on a new business venture, a seance parlour. From the offset of their new business, the sisters relationship begins to deteriorate, all past and present memories are brought to the fore and they struggle to maintain any sort of normality. Throughout, and running parallel to the story is another, a fictional one which one of the sisters is the author of. However, this in itself has repercussions on their already haphazard lives.
This book has a lot going for it, its entertaining and has much to keep you thinking without being unnecessarily complicated. The characters are funny and captivating, even when they are being dreadful and quite unpleasant! I would definitely recommend this book....in fact, I think it would make a great film.....I said it first!!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A brilliantly crafted story from first to last. You'll love, admire, hate, fear and sympathize with the Cloak sisters in their journey from poverty to boundless wealth. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Samantha Belton
I was a bit skeptical about picking up this book as the story synopsis didn't really capture me. Though having spoken to Alan I was curious as to what his novel was about and I'll... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Thomas Wright
I would have given this no stars if I could have done so. I live in Blackheath and have been meaning to read this for ages. I shouldn't have bothered. Read morePublished 2 months ago by K. M. Brown
A complete novel which gripped me from the start . It was refreshing to read a gothic horror in a style such as Dracula or Frankenstein, with the added bonus of a novel within a... Read morePublished 2 months ago by pocketdragon .
If you like horror and violence this book is for you.
I read it in a kind of aghast way, wondering how anyone can conceive of some of the ideas in it. Read more
Loved reading the Blackheath Séance Parlour. I felt I was very fortunate to purchase one book and get two stories, both of equal interest and chilling, thrilling twists and... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Chelsea
Beautifully written story, haunting descriptions of the Heath which brought back memories of walking my young daughter across the heath in dark blustery evenings in her pushchair... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Helen M. Moore
This is a beautifully crafted book, a real page turner with interesting characters and places. It is also brilliantly written with an unusual quirky story. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mrs Helen Jackson
Like it or loath it. I loved it. Grew up in Blackheath and recognised the area, especially the pubs... My wife loved it too. And she's fussy..Published 5 months ago by Pete W