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Waiting for a Bus and other stories (Binscombe Tales Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

John Whitbourn
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Book Description

In the quiet English village of Binscombe you will encounter:

the shopkeeper who’s in a world of his own – literally;
the car with some devilish backseat drivers;
the fisherman whose wife is making his life a living hell – even after death;
and the bus that arrived three decades late.

Explore these and other suburban oddities in the company of baffled new resident Mr Oakley and the wise, enigmatic and somewhat scary Mr Disvan.

John Whitbourn's classic and widely anthologized series of horror, fantasy and SF stories defies easy categorization, but might be summed up as "if China Miéville reimagined M R James". Other accolades in the media include:

“Whitbourn’s wit is both unforced and splendidly droll.” -The Daily Express

“These stories are not comfortable to read, but they still bring enjoyment of good company and the vicarious chill of a good fright at someone else's expense, and as such are to be heartily recommended.” - Interzone

“Original and intriguing.” - Starburst

“Pulled off with panache and no small amount of humour.” - The Daily Express

“He doesn’t cheat, and he doesn’t soften the edges.” - Mary Gentle

"Marvellously inventive." - The Times


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 260 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Spark Furnace Books; 1st edition (8 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005M2FFS8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #323,464 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Genius 30 Sept. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Imagine, as a lover of the classic English ghost story, that you had yet to discover the works of MR James.
Yes, seriously... it's like that.
Actually, it's as though the Binscombe tales, written in the closing years of the last millennium, had been deliberately preserved from mass-readership because their time had not yet come. Well, perhaps - for a number of reasons - now it has.
Binscombe, of course, exists - a village in Surrey, which may or may not be a repository of the kind of whimsically stubborn Englishness you'll find in these stories. An ancient Englishness which resonates just as strongly as more fashionable Celtic echoes. Behind the wit and the satire and the cute metaphors (`as frigid as a fiancee') lurk some very fine traditional ghost stories with an unexpectedly modern slant. Some are short, some are epic - like the tale of the two terribly English Leninist sisters whose video recorder houses something horribly Amityville.
The constant narrator is Mr Oakley, whose Binscombe heritage goes back far further than he knows... an unsuspecting pilgrim whose progress is being monitored from the start by the mysterious Mr Disvan, whose true status is finally unveiled in the last story. And, as if to make sure this really IS the last story, Whitbourn behaves like the Beatles on Abbey Road by tossing down the ideas he could have turned into another volume. Ah, the arrogance of genius...
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5.0 out of 5 stars A darker 'Rivers of London' 4 Nov. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I've been recommending the Binscombe Tales for a long while, searching them out in scattered anthologies. Its good to see them easily available in one place! These are difficuly to describe: yes, there are some classic ghost stories - the comparison with M R James is well made - but there's a strong fantasy and folkloric element. The nearest recent thing anything like these I can think of is the 'Rivers of London', but these stories are much darker and set in an English village in pub, council estate and suburban railway embankment. I think I'm going to have to buy a complete set...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Creepy! 29 April 2013
By CaroMac
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I purchased this book because it was on offer and am I glad I did. Creepy tales, dark humour all with a common thread plus has the advantage of the short story format, most enjoyable!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Binscombe Brilliance! 8 Oct. 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Weird and spooky stuff! Kinda creepy but also really rather well written, like a dose of literary horror. Though it's not really horror in the modern sense, more spine tingling atmospheric creepiness. There's so much gory Saw like horror knocking around you tend to forget how well written, sinister and spooky 'horror' really can be. In the hands of a master like John Whitbourn these stories are exactly that, I couldn't recommend them more. Perfect for reading in front of a big fire just as the clock chimes midnight on Halloween...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wierd Tales 7 Jan. 2013
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If you like tales which are out of the ordinary then this is the book for you. Really enjoyed this collection
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