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Sleep No More: Railway, Canal and Other Stories of the Supernatural (Pocket Classics) Paperback – 23 May 1996

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  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Sutton Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (23 May 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750911573
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750911573
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,081,503 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By RIJU GANGULY on 9 Nov. 2010
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This collection by L.T.C Rolt (one of the persons responsible for keeping the Inland Waterways in UK alive) is one of the greatest collection of ghost stories written in the style or tradition of M.R. James. The most important feature of these stories are their industrial or otherwise local background which firmly establish them in their unique setting, rather than making them afloat against an antiquarian background favoured by other Jamesian authors. The stories are:
The twelve stories in Sleep No More are:

1. The Mine
2. The Cat Returns
3. Bosworth Summit Pound
4. New Corner
5. Cwm Garon
6. A Visitor at Ashcombe
7. The Garside Fell Disaster
8. World's End
9. Hear Not My Steps
10. Agony of Flame
11. Hawley Bank Foundry
12. Music Hath Charms
13. The Shouting in The Thrill of Horror
14. The House of Vengeance

I recommend this book to all lovers of ghost story or "weird fiction". History Press has done a great job in reissuing this lost classic, since other editions (esp. the Ash Tree Press edition) are sadly out-of-print.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Dodwell on 19 Feb. 2011
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I purchased a copy of this book some years ago when I first moved onto a narrowboat to live and the subtle terror of the stories gripped me then and I have never quite shaken off the feeling.

Rolt knew his stuff and, from his background of all things mechanical and nautical, he has produced a finely crafted set of stories which alarm and disturb as all "spooky" stories should. Tom Rolt was heavily involved in canals and canal folk- in fact, if it had not been for him and his good lady Sylvia and a few dedicated friends, the canals would more than likely have been lost to us forever.

He writes about what he knows in a very fine and precise fashion and tells a rattling good tale into the bargain. If you like M R James or E Nesbit, this volume is for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Martin Fielding on 2 Sept. 2012
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An introduction by Susan Hill already bodes well for the quality of these stories and they do not disappoint - certain of them are very derivative of James and, like James, there is some repetition of ideas (perhaps because these were written as individual short stories for magazines rather than for publication together?) but they are none the worse for that. It is where he tries something more modern that he really excels, like in the terrific New Corner, where you can almost smell the motor engine oil of the racetrack and one gets a real sense of menace.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Brian Flange on 9 Sept. 2009
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(To prevent any confusion, this review covers L. T. C. Rolt's collection of supernatural fiction 'Sleep No More'.)

'Sleep No More' collects practically all the supernatural writings that L. T. C. Rolt ever produced and a fine selection they are too. As befits one of our greatest writers on the history of Britain's railways and canals, Rolt was an expert at turning his knowledge of industrial landscapes to good use. At his (frequent) best, Rolt could give acknowledged masters like Robert Aickman, W. F. Harvey or M. R. James a run for their money in constructing well-wrought tales of unease placed in convincing settings. In fact, Rolt pretty much carved out a new kind of supernatural story all his own - a kind where ruined abbeys and antiquarian libraries gave place to canals, foundries and railway sidings. While all the stories in 'Sleep No More' are worthwhile, particularly good uses of industrial landscapes for eerie effect can be found in the stories 'Bosworth Summit Pound', 'Hawley Bank Foundry' and 'The Garside Fell Disaster'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A. Jones on 29 Aug. 2011
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A very gripping read, very difficult to put down. Each short story is unique. Highly recommended. In the vein of the great M R James.
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Intriguing ghost stories from a man who played a great part in saving many of the inland waterways of Britain and was a leading light in the preservation of many of the 'Little Trains of Wales' lines.

He was obviously a lover of the Welsh Marches, as I am.

A good value pairing.

Mike
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