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Visitor in Lunacy [Paperback]

Stephen Curran
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Book Description

6 Aug 2012
It is 1897, and confined to his room in Carfax Criminal Lunatic Asylum, Dr Richard Renfield is dying from injuries which could not be self-inflicted. His door has been barricaded from the inside and the Night Watcher swears nobody has been allowed in or out. With his last words he imparts a dire warning: “He is here.” Moving between London, Yorkshire and Ceylon across the 19th Century, Visitor in Lunacy re-imagines the downfall of the enigmatic inmate from Bram Stoker's Dracula, from a feared and respected member of the government's Lunacy Commission to a resident of one of the madhouses he once oversaw. It is a bizarre and unsettling tale of memory, regret and horror; of how the terrible secrets of a person's childhood can inescapably shape their life.

Product details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (6 Aug 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1479254851
  • ISBN-13: 978-1479254859
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 13.1 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 648,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Curran is the author of Visitor in Lunacy. He lives in North Yorkshire. His next story, The Standing Wave, will be published very soon.

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Stephen Curran currently lives in North Yorkshire, UK.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is a bat nothing more than a bat? 4 Sep 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Visitor in Lunacy has its roots in Bram Stoker's Dracula and a highly successful accompaniment it is too. Charting Renfield's insect-eating asylum-dwelling downfall, from a successful professional within a burgeoning psychiatric field to a patient in Stoker's Carfax institution. However, this gripping tale is far more than a mere accompaniment to Stoker's gothic novel. Author Stephen Curran reveals tremendous ability to weave a chilling narrative with beautiful and evocative imagery. The unfolding backstory leads us to fresh conclusions and leaves the reader doubting. The writing conjures a real sensitivity to the reactions of a disturbed and damaged mind to the world around, or are we looking at a vulnerable victim of something 'other'? The story stayed with me for days after finishing - so much so that I read it again! In fact I would highly recommend a second read through to really appreciate the book's themes artistically woven through the narrative. I eagerly await Curran's next book...
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Gothic Read 16 Aug 2012
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I was drawn into the world and the mind of the protagonist for the length of the book. I love the Dracula story and this book sits beside it without ever getting too close or retelling it.
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Stephen Curran's dark thriller left me chilling! So refreshing to read what is, in essence, a vampire story without the mention of the word throughout! It leaves you with conflicting feelings of trying to figure out if the protagonist is actually going crazy or if it is all really happening. Even through all the disturbing events the character befalls or instigates you end up feeling terribly sorry for him and the irony of if he were of sound mind he would be diagnosing himself as having some sort of a breakdown.
I also found his completely logical explanations of events quite funny throughout.
All in all a good read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dark, gripping & disturbing 2 Sep 2012
By LouC
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I would highly recommend you read a Visitor in Lunacy. The author manages to conjure up images that will stay with me for a long time. Deeply chilling, with characters that you want to understand. The author writes incredibly well and with depth to the subject that indicates much research.

Peppered with interesting historical details the author left me with a need to learn more about that era and treatment of mental illness.

Top marks from me and a definite must for your reading list.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible 16 Aug 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
An amazing novel. Unputdownable.

More psychological thriller than horror novel, this book takes you on a journey into madness - its foundations and implications. The strong imagery is haunting and will remain with you. Take Renfield's hand and enjoy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Gripping, very enjoyable. 15 Aug 2012
By mugfug
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It's a gripping story that drew me in from the start, with a real sense of building dread, but is also quite poignant and moving in parts. I loved the style of this, especially the historical detail in the descriptions but also the way it's written as if from the same era. Also enjoyed having the chance to explore the world of Bram Stoker's Dracula from a different perspective, will have to go and reread that now. Good read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good, chilling read! 10 Aug 2012
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Stumbled across this as a fan of Dracula stuff and so pleased I did. Wasn't sure about a new take on the Dracula tale but it's a really gripping story and, in parts, bloody scary! I had to put it down at one point because I knew I'd not get to sleep if I carried on. If I have one criticism it'd be that it unfolds pretty fast, but the ending is superb and that's what I'll remember from this novel. It's a really good read for those who like a horror story.
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By rick
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i can not rate this book highly enough. what a fantastic read. gripping and un-nerving, and very readable indeed. there are lots of great references to the original story of Dracula where the central character started life, but there is no need to have read the original. this takes a whole different approach to the vampire.
the period detail is also excellent - you feel fully immersed.

love it, love it, love it!!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Lets you into the world of the insane. Dracula meets Sherlock Holmes type of story. Entertaining yet sometimes frightening, could keep you awake at night.
Published 4 months ago by D. Frost
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting angle on the Dracula story
Sometimes you pick up books on impulse and this is one of those occasions, the title piqued my interest and so did the cover. Read more
Published 6 months ago by M. Brookes
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Gothic Horror!
Curran does a superb job of recreating the 19th century Gothic horror, with nods to Le Fanu, Bram Stoker and Bethlem artist, Louis Wain. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars Visitor in Lunacy
Strange story, but one which had to be read, not my normal read. Would recommend to anyone who enjoys strange books.
Published 6 months ago by L M Starkey
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Intriguing
It has twists and turns through out the whole book, at times you may find your concentration slipping but it's easily gained again as you read further on in the book. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Nikita
5.0 out of 5 stars an excellent read
A gripping tale, beautifully written. Couldn't put it down. Bring on the next Stephen Curran novel please! I would highly recommend it.
Published 16 months ago by MRS N FORD-DUNN
5.0 out of 5 stars Visitor in lunacy
Compelling evenings read with a nice twist to it. I didn't think it would be my type of story then I had found I was disappointed it had finished.
Published 19 months ago by dizzy lizzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Dracula renewed
A fascinating and pacy book that takes you deep into the lunatic world. A stunning ending which ties up the story magnificently unlike many books published as hardback! Read more
Published 22 months ago by Jeanie
5.0 out of 5 stars Overactive imagination?
I have an over active imagination which combined with the the vivid and descriptive writing style made a Visitor in Lunacy a totally gripping and involving read from the off. Read more
Published 22 months ago by AEnK
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