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Out of the Deep: Stories of the Supernatural

Out of the Deep: Stories of the Supernatural [Kindle Edition]

Dennis Hamley
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Twelve stories of the supernatural by Dennis Hamley collected into one edition. The world of ghosts is a varied one. The ghosts in these stories may seek justice for wrongs done to them in life, they may bring relief for injustice to people in the present. Some are malignant, some bring hope to the people of the present, some bring danger, others bring death. They may repay debts, they may right wrongs. There are prizefighting ghosts, musical ghosts, athletic ghosts, football ghosts, railway ghosts, Christmas ghosts, revenants from the past and one or two from the future. Ghost stories have been told for as long as there has been speech. They seem to satisfy deeply held instincts and needs. Each of these stories comes with an author's postscript, showing what triggered the writing process, what sort of ghost inhabits the story ands where it may sit in the great pantheon of this mighty genre.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 500 KB
  • Print Length: 216 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dennis Hamley; 2 edition (9 Aug 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EFPTX90
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #573,604 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Supernatural stories with a psychological slant 28 May 2014
"There was something in the air; something indefinable; something fearful. Both felt it; neither said anything about it. But they were both watchful."

The stories in Hamley’s collection "Out of the Deep" are supernatural tales just as I like them: subtle, light on out-and-out horror, but full of psychological insight. These stories have a variety of settings, from a monastery to a football pitch, and a variety of characters, from a vulnerable schoolgirl to a bare-knuckle prizefighter; what they all share is an insight into human behaviour and common human situations.

The story "Hear my Voice" has a mediaeval flavour, as both a monk in the Middle Ages and a modern schoolboy are attacked by the same malign entity. Naturally, their interpretations of this entity differ: to the monk it is of the Devil, while the schoolboy interprets it in altogether more worldly terms. "Hear my Voice" is about the power of music and the joy, and perhaps the dangers, of creativity; both monk and schoolboy are artists who unwittingly become channels for something altogether more dangerous:

"He remembered the great ones of the past: Mozart and Schubert, dead in their prime; Beethoven so deaf he never heard his greatest work. And what about John Keats? ... Yes, he knew what had happened to Colin Chiltern. And perhaps it had to."

From this despair, however, comes a new surge of hope:

"Inside his mind the noise changed. The old harmonies did not return. But out of the cacophony there came, dimly at first but steadily stronger, a deeper, stranger music than he had ever heard before. He did not understand it; was not sure if he could handle it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read these, and leave the light on tonight! 20 Oct 2013
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Ghost stories with a very wide variety of settings, each with some fascinating lore about the story's own little world, football, bare knuckle boxing, family life at different times... these spooky tales introduce us to a range of revenants, ghosts with unfinished business, seeking justice, seeking to warn the living, and in this ebook edition, each one is followed by a short piece from the author telling how it came to be written, the inspiration and evolution of the tale. Though they are short, the characters in them, living and otherwise, are beautifully drawn, and they are much more than just spooky, but also moving, sad, and disturbing. Dennis Hamley is an author with many many books behind him and his craft has been honed to sleek perfection. Read them, and leave the light on!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Miscellany of Ghosts 6 Mar 2014
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In this book, the author gathers together ghost stories that he has written and published over the last thirty years. It is not, however, as random as that makes it sound, because Dennis Hamley has added, as well as a foreword, a postscript to each story, explaining, sometimes from a personal, sometimes from a professional, point of view, how it came to be written. This links the stories firmly together into a single collection. At the same time, he points out the variety of ghostly protagonists. Some are offering help from the past, some seeking help in the present; one has malign and baleful intentions, while another is a ghost from the future, enacting a bad outcome, which has to be averted by those alive today. The whole makes for an excellent combination of unity and variety. Warmly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Happy Hallowe'en! 31 Oct 2013
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Last night I couldn't work out whether I was real or I was a ghost! How could I prove it to myself one way or the other? I didn't manage to figure it out before waking.
The reason for this dream was probably because I went to sleep after reading this collection of superb supernatural short stories. It was like a trip down memory lane back to traditional tales of the unexpected - and the unexpected certainly was delivered.
I still feel haunted by the brilliantly evocative "Hear My Voice" - I was nearly late in getting back to work after lunch yesterday because I HAD to find out what happened to Colin. That story is still resonating.
As well as rewarding reading, the inclusion of the author's rationale for the stories coming into existence is an added bonus that must be welcomed by anyone with an interest in writing - doubling the already amazing value of this book.
This is one of those rare books that will appeal to all genders and all ages - anyone who has the slightest interest in the supernatural and enjoys a subtly spooky read as opposed to out-and-out spine-chilling horror.

(My sole quibble is the large number of proofing errors which detract from such high quality writing - hopefully these will be addressed in future editions.)
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