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  • Mass Market Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Dorchester Publishing (24 Feb. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843956704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843956702
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,700,354 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mark Morris became a full-time writer in 1988 on the Enterprise Allowance Scheme, and a year later saw the release of his first novel, Toady. He has since published a further thirteen novels, among which are Stitch, The Immaculate, The Secret of Anatomy, Mr Bad Face, Fiddleback and Nowhere Near An Angel. His short stories, novellas, articles and reviews have appeared in a wide variety of anthologies and magazines, and he is editor of the highly-acclaimed Cinema Macabre, a book of fifty horror movie essays by genre luminaries. Forthcoming work includes a Hellboy novel entitled The All-Seeing Eye and another book in the immensely popular Doctor Who range, published by BBC Books in the UK.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWER on 22 Nov. 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a well-written, intriguing ghost story in which a writer has to confront the demons of his past only to find out how intrusive they really are in his present. This is a tautly written, descriptive story with a well-developed protagonist, and a plot that moves the reader easily along to its shocking finale.

Jack Stone is a man in his early thirties. He is a successful writer living in London, England. He is in love with his beautiful girlfriend, Gail. All seems to be right with his world. Still, Jack always seems to be battling some inner demons. He grew up in the English countryside near the small town of Beckford and has not been back home, since he ran away at the age of eighteen, fleeing an abusive father and an unhappy childhood. When his aunt notifies him that his father has died, Jack goes home, the prodigal son returning to pay his final respects.

When he returns to his childhood home, he finds that all is not as it should be. There are supernatural manifestations. Moreover, the town bully who tormented Jack during his childhood is looking to pick up where he left off, only he has a new partner in crime. Jack confronts the real and the spectral terrors that await him, in an effort to find healing, only to find that some things are just not what they seem.

Those who enjoy ghost stories will find much to like about the book. While the ending came as a total surprise, the social implications of the unexpected twist to the tale are shocking, to say the least. While this book is an intriguing one, overall, the ending was not of the same quality as the rest of the book. Still, those who like ghost stories will definitely derive some enjoyment from reading this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Helen Simpson VINE VOICE on 28 Feb. 2004
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoy the way Morris writes (having read 'Toady' and 'Mr Bad Face') and this book was no exception. He cleverly makes you care about one of the characters in this book and feel compassion and horror like the other one.
He succeeded in horrifying me on the simplest level without the need for blood and gore.
It was one of those books that you just have to keep reading even though you're shattered and know you need to sleep, just to find out what happens. However that said, I personally felt the ending, although an interesting idea, wasn't either what I wanted or felt was feasible.
Don't let that put you off though, it's well worth reading.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By David Martin on 4 Dec. 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Just the sort of thing you need to read sometimes. This is well written, and whilst not completely frightening - I find it hard these days - certainly surprising. Strong characters, with depth to them. Would recommend.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Niblock on 4 April 2008
Format: Hardcover
Mark Morris is one of those writers in whose work a deep love of the genre comes across loud and clear. You can sense his energy and enthusiasm when you read his stories. His characters are strong, and carry us with ease through his fiction. In this particular book he has shown remarkable storytelling skill (when you get to that page you will understand). A writer Clive Barker felt fit to praise as one of the finest writers working in the genre. That's good enough for me.
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I have read many of Mark Morris' short stories over the years and have been very impressed by them,

This is the first novel of his I have read and it certainly won't be the last.

Jack Stone,a horror/sci-fi writer in his thirties has it all outwardly- a successful career which is blooming ,a new girlfriend in the enigmatic Gail.

However, he is burdened by his past , his estranged bullying father , and a childhood beset by bullying and seeking refuge in the world of books.

He returns to his birthplace of Beckford after the death of his father, his return reunites him with his aunt , his childhood nemesis, bully Patty Bates , and reawakens ghosts from his past which have lain dormant since his teens .

It's a very well written story that keeps momentum throughout , I was reminded a little of the style of Ramsey Campbell in that the horror is hinted at and understated rather then reliant on violence and gore. Morris' writing style is peppered with pop cultural references of the times described in the book , which is reminscent of Stephen King at his best, and works well at evocation of the time period.

I look forward to checking out more from Mark Morris in the near future!.
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By Tony on 19 Jan. 2014
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An interesting book that gave no indication of how it was going to end. Good storyline and a style of writing that drew you into the central character's world. Enough tension to keep you wondering what might happen, although one or two places where you could see what was coming & felt yourself asking how stupid could he be to let things go on the way they did. Worth buying and having in your collection.
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