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Curfew (PHIL RICKMAN BACKLIST) [Kindle Edition]

Phil Rickman
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In Crybbe, only strangers walk at twilight...

For four hundred years, the curfew bell has tolled nightly from the church tower of the small country town, Crybbe's only defence against the evil rising unbidden in its haunted streets.

Radio reporter Fay Morrison came to Crybbe because she had no choice. Millionaire music tycoon Max Goff came because there was nothing left to conquer, except the power of the spirit.

But he knew nothing of the town's legacy of dark magic - and nobody felt like telling him...

About the Author

Phil Rickman lives on the Welsh border where he writes and presents the book programme Phil the Shelf on BBC Radio Wales. He is the hugely popular author of The Bones of Avalon and the Merrily Watkins series.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1258 KB
  • Print Length: 704 pages
  • Publisher: Corvus; Reprint edition (29 Oct 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005UE6HNU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #35,273 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Phil Rickman writes mystery in the original sense. His current novels blend authentic crime fiction with a careful element of the unexplained. The internationally-acclaimed Merrily Watkins series, about the diocesan exorcist for Hereford, is currently in development with ITV Drama.

Rickman, a former TV and radio news reporter who still presents the book programme Phil the Shelf on BBC Radio Wales, has also written two historical novels with a new take on Dr John Dee, astrologer to Queen Elizabeth I. His earliest novels - paranormal thrillers based on aspects of British folklore - are all in print. His only short story, The House of Susan Lulham, can be found in the anthology Oxcrimes and he's also a contributor to Books to Die For, in which crime writers celebrate their literary heroes.

The (October) 2014 novel, Night After Night is a ghost story and crime novel which stands alone but involves characters from two thrillers originally written under the name Will Kingdom. A new Merrily Watkins novel is pencilled-in for 2015. PR has also collaborated with musician Allan Watson to produce on CD and iTunes the songs of Lol Robinson from the Merrily series and the Abbey Tapes from his early novel December. He is married and lives on the Welsh Border.


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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wanna Get Leyed? 22 Oct 2011
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Every respectable author involved in writing supernatural thrillers should have a `Haunted Village story' in their armoury and this is Phil Rickman's. The author's astute knowledge of the more macabre aspects of British folklore serves him well once again as he constructs an intricate plot labyrinth to place his characters.

The basic storyline involves the small town of Crybbe, built on a nexus of converging Ley lines whose ancient protections are at long last failing just as Max Goff, an eccentric record company zillionaire launches his plans to turn the town into a New Age Mecca. As the village is besieged with well meaning alternative healers and their paraphernalia of holistic magic - dark forces come into play in the guise of Black Michael as well as a plethora of dead souls wandering around and causing havoc to the local census records. It sounds like a super hero is required to restore order. Step forward - J.M Powys (Ley Line Man) - one of my all time favourite Rickman characters - who in time honoured fashion battles supreme evil and gets the girl (along with a three legged dog).

For those few mealy-mouthed critics who point out that Crybbe lacks on originality could I in turn point out that there hasn't been an original horror story written since The Bible. Let's face it, any book that has demons, Satan, Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, dead men walking, plus numerous outbreaks of plagues and pestilence just has to be a horror story. The only difference here is that the `Book of Rickman' actually makes you feel fulfilled and happy as a little sunbeam at the end. So Amen to all that.

If I owned a cap I would certainly doff it to Phil Rickman for this book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars aka Crybbe 26 Oct 2011
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I read this in paperback entitled Crybbe. One of Rickman's earlier novels, it sets the reader up for his later works and introduces a few characters that appear in the Merrily books.

A decent size read, nice to have it in ebook form.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So close to home... 20 Oct 2011
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Could this be the only novel acclaimed by both Stephen King and Joanna Trollope? All the energy of early King but with a very British setting. Where King, in Salem's Lot, imports his horrors, Rickman finds them on the ground, uncovering authentic but little-known Welsh Border folklore in this shuddery tale of a small town where the curfew bell keeps the lid on an old evil. Yes, I know Crybbe isn't Hay-on-Wye, but I know also, as I walk through the deserted streets late at night, that it isn't far away...
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars OVERALL NOT BAD 5 Oct 1998
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Here in the UK CURFEW was released titled CRYBBE. Not the most inspiring title for a horror novel but I bought it nevertheless. The premise of a ghost-riddled town on the Welsh borders is interesting and generates a quintessentually English ghost novel that is thick with shadowy lanes, dark timberframed cottages and rural folklore. If you like slow-build-up horror which favours atmosphere to all-out carnage then CURFEW is your novel. The only trouble with this novel is the occasional eruptions of political correctness and an unpleasant heroine. A part from that it is an excellant read.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very long but very satisfying 8 July 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I decided to read Curfew after reading Candle Night. Although I thorougly enjoyed Candle Night, I felt more satisfied with Curfew. Phil Rickman is an excellent author, and both novels are very complex. But, Curfew gave you all that it had to give. Unlike Candle Night, which had much to give, but held out on it's readers. If you are interested in reading Rickman's work, I suggest reading Candle Night first as an appetizer. Then move on to Curfew, for the main course.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb ghost story 31 Dec 2011
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Phil Rickman writes so wonderfully well. His characters are so rich and fully developed, even the minor characters have character! I am easily scared so, if you are not as old as me, nor female, this review won't ring a bell. I found it so scary that I read for the last two days during daylight hours! But then it is so easy to become engrossed in what is going on in the border village of Crybbe that it seems plausible. The twists and turns of the plot, the hero that is Gomer Parry and the wonderful 3 or 4 legged friend - all the things a good story needs. I have read some of the Merrily Watkins stories, the first few, so to find Gomer here in this story was just such a bonus.
I am addicted to Mr Rickman's style and to his world.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The novel formerly known as . . . 18 Nov 2011
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Crybbe: a small quiet, maybe too quiet, town on the Welsh English border where the curfew bell still rings every night to safeguard the moral welfare of the town - or is it to keep the ghosts and evil spirits at bay?
Billionaire Max Goff moves into the town, bringing with him a group of new age healers and psychics, intent on turning the town into a centre to rival Glastonbury, but is this a cover for something darker - or is he perhaps being manipulated by one of his so called advisers?
Could there possibly be a connection with the former sherriff, Sir Michael Wort - Black Michael - who hanged himself 400 years previously, when the townspeople finally decided that they could take no more of his wickedness, and turned on him?
Events in the town build up to a terrifying climax on the anniversary of Black Michael's death.
Ghost story, horror story, call it what you will, this is a first class read - scary and totally compulsive
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars always like his books coming from Hereford/welsh borders makes them...
always like his books coming from Hereford/welsh borders makes them live for me, usually read in a week and enjoy them
Published 1 month ago by Dione
5.0 out of 5 stars Good author read nearly all his books
Good author read nearly all his books.
Published 2 months ago by Jean W.
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror
Phil Rickman is a past master at writing and introducing a creeping sense of horror that will keep you turning the pages until the very end.
Published 4 months ago by Paula Charman
5.0 out of 5 stars A very good read
Phil Rickman is always a good read and Curfew is no exception. It's one of those books that I can read over and over again
Published 4 months ago by Angie Jeffs
5.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Read
A very clever plot with a chain of events taking place along the way which eventually combine together for one explosion of an ending.
Published 4 months ago by julia
4.0 out of 5 stars Wee worth a read
Reminded me of a cross between Stephen King and James Herbert. Mr Rickman has an ear for an excellent turn of phrase and captures the mood of the novel flawlessly. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Elizabeth Davies
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
Handy series if like me you know nothing about and couldn't care less about the Welsh borders. A usually fine mix of new age loopers, folkies, generally solid people and things... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
....this seemed to go on forever. A great read, fullmof Welsh atmosphere. I'd recommend thenbooknto anyone with an interest in the subject
Published 11 months ago by Whichypoohs
4.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable romp...
.....Through the world of new age, evil, small villages with old traditions and dark secrets. A bit creepy and a bit amusing in places! Read more
Published 13 months ago by Liber Vermis
5.0 out of 5 stars gomer parry rules
this is the best phil rickmans done so far i couldnt stop reading it GOMER PARRY is a god and should have his own fan club i want a GOMER PARRY PLANT HIRE sweatshirt lol
Published 14 months ago by cathie
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