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Ramsey Campbell , Santiago Caruso
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"Consider Holes for Faces another textbook by one of our best practitioners, an essential addition to the bookshelves of horror readers and writers alike. " - FEAR NET

One of the most respected living horror writers in the world, Campbell has more awards for his horror tales than any other author, and "is likely to be remembered as the leading horror writer of our generation," according to S.T. Joshi. One of the heirs apparent to early-twentieth-century American author H. P. Lovecraft, Campbell's horror stories are often set in contemporary Merseyside, England, his own hometown, and involve quite ordinary characters. His unsettling, dreamlike prose, however, transforms his work into very effective horror fiction.

Holes for Faces collects many of his best tales from the first decade of this century. An attempt to avoid a haunted house leads into worse danger. The announcements at a railway station deal with stranger things than trains, and is that another railway station in the distance or a different kind of destination? A childhood game becomes a source of terror, and so does a radio quiz show. Even Christmas decorations may not be trusted, and beware of that Advent calendar! A hotel provides amenities you mightn’t welcome, and a visit to a tourist attraction attracts an uninvited follower. A train journey may never end, unless it already has, and a visit to a hospital brings back more than memories. A myth about a horror film has unwanted consequences. There are angels you mightn’t want to see too clearly, if that’s what they are. And you’ll have to decide if it’s better to stay in the dark or see what’s waiting there. You’ll find uncanny dread in these pages, and disquiet and terror, but also poignancy and comedy of paranoia. One theme runs through all the stories: youth and age.

"Campbell is renowned among fans and writers alike as the master of a skewed and exquisitely terrifying style." - Library Journal

"Holes For Faces is a must-read for Ramsey Campbell fans, collecting his best stories from this fledgling century we find ourselves in. And if you’ve not been introduced to Mr. Campbell yet, then I can think of no better place to start." - The Occult Detective (author Bob Freeman)

"...a superb collection of stories of the strange and the dark that I’m sure fans of the genre will love. I know I did." - The Horrifically Horrifying Horror Blog

"The title story, “Holes for Faces,” is a tale of sliding realities in which our protagonist sees a very different world around him. He becomes aware of the horrors that no one else can see. These stories reflect Campbell’s ability to take normal and tilt it just far enough to create fear. This could happen to you he reminds us and that is the greatest fear of all." - Horror Novel Reviews

About the Author

The Oxford Companion to English Literature describes Ramsey Campbell 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 and the Living Legend Award of the International Horror Guild. 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 and The Kind Folk. Forthcoming are The Last Revelation of Gla’aki and The Pretence (both novellas) and Bad Thoughts. His collections include Waking Nightmares, Alone with the Horrors, Ghosts and Grisly Things, Told by the Dead and Just Behind You, and his non-fiction is collected as Ramsey Campbell, Probably. His novels The Nameless and Pact of the Fathers have been filmed in Spain. His regular columns appear in Prism, Dead Reckonings and Video Watchdog. He is the President of the British Fantasy Society and of the Society of Fantastic Films.

Ramsey Campbell lives on Merseyside with his wife Jenny. His pleasures include classical music, good food and wine, and whatever’s in that pipe. His web site is at www.ramseycampbell.com.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2589 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Regions Press (12 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EI5AJIQ
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Fourteen short story anthology by Ramsey Campbell including:-

Passing Through Peacehaven, Getting it Wrong, Peep, The Room Beyond, Holes for Faces, The Rounds, The Decorations, The Address, Recently Used, Chucky Comes to Liverpool, With the Angels, Behind the Doors, Holding the Light, The Long Way.

For my own personal tastes Peep was perhaps the most unsettling story with Passing Through Peacehaven running a close second but; they're all classic Campbell and a testament of his ability to turn the most mundane character/location/item into something distorted and twisted. He unsettles at the deepest level and the memory of a Ramsey Campbell story remains long after the book's been put back on the shelf (or the Kindle turned off).

One thing you can guarantee is each one of these 14 stories is bound to hit a nerve or two. Whether you're frightened of getting old, terrified of haunted houses or even wary of Christmas there's something here to suit and unsettle and enough of that cynical, dark Campbell humour to create a chuckle at the most inappropriate moment.

I don't have a negative comment as such but I do have a comment I'd like to share. The anthology is great value for money and if you're new to Campbell then you're in for a treat but; most of the stories seem concerned with ageing and the relationship between the young and the 'hideously' old. They're so similar in theme that after a while the edges of the stories began to merge into one another and there should have been more variety to shake things up. That's all. I'm a Campbell fan and always will be. Highly recommend.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic horror 20 Sept. 2013
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Took me a while to get into the writers style but I really enjoyed this collection in the end. Although some of the same themes ran throughout, there are some original, genuinely creepy ideas in here. Will definitely be reading more from this author!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Holes For Faces 3 Jan. 2014
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Where to start writing a review of a new collection of Ramsey Campbell short stories? I guess many of you will be familiar enough with Campbell to make it almost seem redundant - most horror fans made up their mind about him years ago, one way or the other. If you admire him as much as I do, all you really need to know is that Holes For Faces collects fourteen recent stories, and that he's as good as he ever was.

So there you are: go buy.

Still here? Well okay, let me also add that if by some slim chance you are new to Campbell this is as good an introduction to his late style as any. You'll find all his key traits: the ambiguous imagery, the black humour, the treacherous wordplay. The protagonists of these stories tend to either be children or the elderly - outsiders unable to communicate to their family or colleagues the horrors they see, or think they see. This inability to communicate is key to Campbell's horror - words are as much foe as friend, slippery and keeping people apart rather than drawing them together. Campbell's prose is as sharp and intelligent as ever, as is his ability to conjure up a disturbing image in just a couple of sentences. The characters merely glimpse the phantoms and bogeymen in these stories, rather than seeing them straight on, leaving them (and us) unsure of exactly what they've seen, and how real it was.

Stand-out stories, for me were: Passing through Peacehaven, The Room Beyond, The Rounds (which adds a nice touch of Philip K Dick style uncertainty to Campbell's usual paranoia), the title story, and The Long Way.
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3.0 out of 5 stars More about atmosphere than excitement 10 April 2014
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Havent managed to finish this yet, I am about half way through. Despite good reviews elsewhere I confess to being somewhat disappointed. While there will obviously be similarities in a collection of short stories by a single author, these are highly stylised - if you like the style that's great; for me it left me cold. The stories seem to be more about creating an atmosphere based on an initial situation; however this means that nothing much seems to happen. Too often they seem to tail off without a recognizable conclusion. Compare this with HP Lovecraft, for example, who has atmosphere by the bucket-load but stuff actually happens in his stories.
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Anyone who wants to learn how to craft horror fiction should study Campbell's work closely. Every story in this collection is perfectly constructed and deeply unsettling with not a word wasted. Read it. Then read it again.
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