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The Matrix

The Matrix [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Aycliffe
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Product Description


An intelligent, unnerving tale... that, like the smell of a damp church, slowly seeps into your bones (Time Out)

Scary stuff (OK!)

You'll be frightened to turn the page... but you'll still want to. (Northern Echo)

Book Description

From the author of the psychological masterpiece Naomi's Room

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 859 KB
  • Print Length: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Corsair (17 Oct 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ET3NKV0
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #40,543 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
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I'd like to point out that The Matrix was originally published in 1994 and it's true to say some of the themes now seem somewhat old fashioned and the dialogue's dated. Try and stay with it. Although not a modern horror, by any means, I found this pacy, intelligently written supernatural mystery thoroughly enjoyable though not remotely scary.

Aycliffe writes in a style that's more about mystery and intrigue, building an atmosphere, than it is about making you leap off the edge of your seat and he does it well. His intelligent plotting and character development make him quite unique in this genre and set him apart from contemporary horror writers who rely much more on the shock factor.

The core of The Matrix features the character of Andrew Macleod, recently widowed, a man reeling from the effects of grief and unable to come to terms with the loss of his wife. In the midst of his sorrow Andrew begins to look for answers, and hope, in the field of black magic where he becomes embroiled in the life of the deviant Duncan Mylne a master of the arcane and generally 'nasty'. As the plot moves along it becomes more and more obvious how dangerous Mylne is becoming but; the only person who can't see it is Andrew who buries his head in the sand and refuses to listen to the warnings. Events continue to build through a series of eerie supernatural scenes until people begin the die, ghostly entities arrive and we are introduced to the Matrix and possibly the secret of eternal life.

Good storytelling, well crafted, enjoyable tale of betrayal and the supernatural.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly terrifying! 7 Mar 2012
By Matthew
I read all of Jonathan Aycliffe's books about 15 years ago whilst a student and I've just started to re-read them, they are exquisitely written, dark, compelling and disturbing. At the time I remembered them as being the most sinister and haunting 'things' I had ever encountered; I haven't changed my mind. What I can't understand is why he is not a world best selling author?
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant horror - classy and scary as hell!! 7 Jan 2004
I'm a big fan of Jonathan Aycliffe - especially of this, his best book yet.
I hate being classed as a horror fan, because so much of what passes for horror is mindless drivel. As a teenager, I read lots of MR James, Edgar Allen Poe and HP Lovecraft (as well as the short stories of Daphne Du Maurier, which I strongly recommend) I got a taste for horror that was classy, understated, literary and very very chilling.
Aycliffe fits that category. The Matrix is a wonderfully evocative modern tale of necromancy stretching from the grey city streets of Edinburgh to the noisy exotic bazaars of Morocco. Andrew McLeod throws himself into his university career following the death of his young wife, but soon becomes entangled with a sinister sect, obsessed with the pursuit of eternal life and raising the dead.
Classy, camp and chilling, this is a rivetting read. I've lent it round, and all my friends adored it (even if it gave them sleepless nights!)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Winter chiller 7 Jan 2014
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Jonathan Aycliffe has written a few novels, all excellent, that fall into the 'English Ghost Story' tradition. This is one of his finest, deeply influenced by other masters of the genre, most notably M.R.James, it tracks the journey of a young Scottish academic into an entanglement with the occult. A bereaved, rather fragile, young man falls into the company of a sinister leader of a powerful cult and learns that there is a dark side. Aycliffe does not add a great deal that is new to his re-working of well-used theme, but it is chillingly realised and a sense of oppressive horror runs through the novel. A good read for a dark winter's night.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A tale of pure evil 17 Oct 2008
I first read this book a good few years ago and yet the memory has stayed with me since, such did the content affect me. Out of all the so called 'horror' stories I have read, this is the only one which I have found genuinely disturbing. This is a very atmospheric, menacing and brooding tale of pure evil that fully deserves five stars. I bought it again recently and you are not quite sure whether you really comfortable with it sat there on your bookshelf! Very cold, dark and icy and a little too realistic for comfort. The only genuinely frightening horror tale I have ever read and a masterpiece for the author, well worth a read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated author of spooky brilliance 24 Jan 2014
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Aycliffe is one of my favorite authors and I have missed him. He's been out of print for so long, and I am glad a publisher has decided to bring his work out of limbo. I would say this book is not quite as chilling as Naomi's Room or The Lost, and I find it to be not quite as memorable, but there is a powerful understatement to his work that makes the supernatural events more believable. Writing this review, I can't really remember the plot, which you would think would be a bad sign, but in fact what I enjoy about his work is that it gives me goosebumps and actual chills whilst reading, being a more sensual and emotional experience than an intellectual one, and this makes it possible to reread Aycliffe periodically with no loss of enjoyment. I would prefer it if the publishers were bringing out his back-catalogue more quickly than two or three a year, and I hope they republish all his horror stories.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A book of two halves. 13 Jan 2014
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the first half of the book draws you in to the plot successfully. The characters are beleivable and well written and the sinister atmosphere is well conveyed. My problem is that I found the last third of the story seemed to lose it's way, the storyline becoming less and less convincing and ultimately rather disappointing.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars لا شكرا
The Matrix is a gothic horror, written in the kind of scientific first person style of Sheridan Le Fanu. Except, unlike Le Fanu, it is set in the here and now. Read more
Published 1 month ago by MisterHobgoblin
4.0 out of 5 stars great book
Another great book by this author. None of hid books have disappointed me and this was no exception. Well w or t h reading
Published 1 month ago by Hollycat
2.0 out of 5 stars not for me
never managed to suspend disbelief and so couldn't finish it. Ghosts, sects, the occult , yada yada throw in dull characters and good luck if you get half way
Published 1 month ago by Hampstead Mackem
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
Yes, this is a very enjoyable book and quite exciting. Kept me turning the pages and was sorry when it ended
Published 2 months ago by doreen binks
4.0 out of 5 stars Creepy!!
An atmospheric tale that will hold your imagination throughout.

Dark and almost oppressive, this novel explores the occult, travelling from Scotland (so much good... Read more
Published 2 months ago by D. Foot
4.0 out of 5 stars the matrix
Scary. Not to be read at night, as I did to start with. Good tale. I will read more by this author
Published 2 months ago by Constance
4.0 out of 5 stars The Matrix
This is an intriguing piece of gothic fiction. Unlike many gothic works this is actually well written which made for a pleasant surprise. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars ITS JUST "MORE OF THE SAME "
I have reviewed The Silence Of Ghosts - this book is almost identical in its essential elements , necromancy , college Dons instead of war heroes , photographs , dead children ,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Chaz Bronte
4.0 out of 5 stars good old fashioned creepy tale
Enjoyable n creepy tale of mans quest to controll what we can not,new author for me though actually this was published awhile ago, enjoy
Published 3 months ago by H
4.0 out of 5 stars dark
Have liked all JA's books have read so far - menacing & spooky yet easy to read too. Its a pity there are not a few more available (am looking forward to reading his latest). Read more
Published 4 months ago by musiclover
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