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Stephen Gregory
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7 Aug 2008

A bleak mid-winter. An icy wind blows through the corridors of Foxwood Manor, a boys' prep-school deep in the woodlands of Dorset. The boys have gone home at the end of the Christmas term and the old house is left to the headmaster, Dr Kemp, his wife, and Alan Scott, a boy abandoned by his mother.

As the snow falls heavily on the house and the surrounding woods, a story of revenge and retribution unfolds: a web of half-truths and innuendoes woven into a bizarre game of hide-and-seek through the corridors and dormitories of the school.

The Perils and Dangers of this Night is a compelling story of unfolding horror as a small boy undergoes a rite of passage, seeking redemption from his haunted past.

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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Books; First Edition edition (7 Aug 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 075351379X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753513798
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 13 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 722,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What the critics have said about Stephen Gregory's The Cormorant, winner of the Somerset Maugham award for best first novel:

'intelligent and well-written ... which brings to mind the poetry of Ted Hughes' - Iain Banks

'Gregory writes with the hypnotic power of Poe' - Publishers Weekly

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5.0 out of 5 stars A brooding novel of suspense 31 Dec 2008
I won't dwell on the plot (as others have done), other than to say the prose is atmospheric and beautiful, creating a mood of impending doom. The reviewers who criticise the lack of plot must have short attention spans; it's true that for the first 80 or so pages much of the prose is given over to cementing the book in a realistic wintery setting, describing the isolation and chilliness of 1960s England. Then the plot begins to creep in with the arrival of a strange couple. There is much to enjoy in the poetic description and subtle mood shifts, suggesting much more than the author actually reveals. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy quiet psychological suspense, rather than 'Dan Brown' histrionics, and the isolated setting and acute atmosphere are perfect winter-time reading. This short novel is the first of Stephen Gregory's that I have read, and I am now seeking out his others.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Horror Story 16 Mar 2009
If you like horror stories, you're going to love this. Even if you don't like horror stories, you're going to love this.

Mr Stephen Gregory's novel is the first horror story I've ever read cover to cover. I have to say that I really enjoyed it. I started reading it early one morning and I couldn't put it down. I read it page after page until I finished it with only the odd break here and there to attend to family matters.

I hadn't realized that something so terrible and disturbing could be written so beautifully. You can see that Gregory loves language. He plays with it. I enjoyed the way he developed the characters and described the setting. It created a vivid dream-like world that set me on edge.

This story is very interesting and it slowly sneeks up on you. It lulls you into a dream and carries you along though all the while you know that in the end it is going to get nasty. My favourite character was an old dog. Gregory manages to describe the mutt in a way that reminded me of so many old hounds I've known over the years. I became quite attached to him. You know how that goes, right?

The ending is good horror story nastiness. You'll hate it, but you'll find you just can't stop reading... kind of like when you can't help turning your head to see a traffic accident on the side of the road.

BTW, I love the design of the book. For a paperback, it is incredible. I love the colours and the cool photo on the cover. I love the print design with the dominant title and the author's name sweeping across the bottom of the book. Great stuff! I'm sure Gregory was pleased with the publisher's treatment.

Well worth reading!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Intelligent Horror 2 Jan 2010
I had never heard of Stephen Gregory before but after reading the blurb on the back cover, I decided to give him a try. I was not disappointed but was rather impatient with the slow build up. However, when it came there were lashings of blood and horror, enough to satisfy any reader of this genre and I class myself as a bit of an expert after 50 years of reading ghost, horror and the supernatural.Most of the action comes in the form of set pieces which are described in vivid detail. especially the one in the lift. But I will say no more, except "read it"! I will certainly seek out some of his other work but remember this is not another HPL and most of you will know who I mean,
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