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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Stories, 9 Nov 2010
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This collection by L.T.C Rolt (one of the persons responsible for keeping the Inland Waterways in UK alive) is one of the greatest collection of ghost stories written in the style or tradition of M.R. James. The most important feature of these stories are their industrial or otherwise local background which firmly establish them in their unique setting, rather than making them afloat against an antiquarian background favoured by other Jamesian authors. The stories are:
The twelve stories in Sleep No More are:

1. The Mine
2. The Cat Returns
3. Bosworth Summit Pound
4. New Corner
5. Cwm Garon
6. A Visitor at Ashcombe
7. The Garside Fell Disaster
8. World's End
9. Hear Not My Steps
10. Agony of Flame
11. Hawley Bank Foundry
12. Music Hath Charms
13. The Shouting in The Thrill of Horror
14. The House of Vengeance

I recommend this book to all lovers of ghost story or "weird fiction". History Press has done a great job in reissuing this lost classic, since other editions (esp. the Ash Tree Press edition) are sadly out-of-print.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle Terror, 19 Feb 2011
I purchased a copy of this book some years ago when I first moved onto a narrowboat to live and the subtle terror of the stories gripped me then and I have never quite shaken off the feeling.

Rolt knew his stuff and, from his background of all things mechanical and nautical, he has produced a finely crafted set of stories which alarm and disturb as all "spooky" stories should. Tom Rolt was heavily involved in canals and canal folk- in fact, if it had not been for him and his good lady Sylvia and a few dedicated friends, the canals would more than likely have been lost to us forever.

He writes about what he knows in a very fine and precise fashion and tells a rattling good tale into the bargain. If you like M R James or E Nesbit, this volume is for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rolt's expertise translated into stories in the style of M R James, 2 Sep 2012
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Martin Fielding (Findon, West Sussex United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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An introduction by Susan Hill already bodes well for the quality of these stories and they do not disappoint - certain of them are very derivative of James and, like James, there is some repetition of ideas (perhaps because these were written as individual short stories for magazines rather than for publication together?) but they are none the worse for that. It is where he tries something more modern that he really excels, like in the terrific New Corner, where you can almost smell the motor engine oil of the racetrack and one gets a real sense of menace.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sleep No More, 29 Aug 2011
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A. Jones (Manchester, uk) - See all my reviews
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A very gripping read, very difficult to put down. Each short story is unique. Highly recommended. In the vein of the great M R James.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Sleep No More': Classic Industrial Ghost Stories., 9 Sep 2009
(To prevent any confusion, this review covers L. T. C. Rolt's collection of supernatural fiction 'Sleep No More'.)

'Sleep No More' collects practically all the supernatural writings that L. T. C. Rolt ever produced and a fine selection they are too. As befits one of our greatest writers on the history of Britain's railways and canals, Rolt was an expert at turning his knowledge of industrial landscapes to good use. At his (frequent) best, Rolt could give acknowledged masters like Robert Aickman, W. F. Harvey or M. R. James a run for their money in constructing well-wrought tales of unease placed in convincing settings. In fact, Rolt pretty much carved out a new kind of supernatural story all his own - a kind where ruined abbeys and antiquarian libraries gave place to canals, foundries and railway sidings. While all the stories in 'Sleep No More' are worthwhile, particularly good uses of industrial landscapes for eerie effect can be found in the stories 'Bosworth Summit Pound', 'Hawley Bank Foundry' and 'The Garside Fell Disaster'.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Atmospheric and Evocative, 26 Jan 2014
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Loved this. The stories are just the right length with a perfect set up, giving each tale an enthralling sense of time and place leading to a chilling conclusion,

Would recommend to anyone that likes a spooky twist in their reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ghost book, 23 Oct 2013
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the book was everything it promised it is very interesting the stories are well described and once picked up cant put it down
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4.0 out of 5 stars An old favourite, 28 July 2013
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I was lucky to pick this up. A good collection of Tom Rolt's supernatural tales.

Makes a good gift at small cost.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly recommended, 11 Aug 2006
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Simon Oxley "scoxley" (UK) - See all my reviews
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A superb collection of spine chillers making extensive use of L T C Rolt's great knowledge of 19th century and early 20th century transport and industry in the British Isles. The stories are obviously influenced by M R James and H P Lovecraft but are definitely well worth reading in their own right. In particular "A Visitor at Ashcombe" is obviously closely based on The Ash Tree by "M R James" but if anything Rolt's take on this story is even more disturbing than the excellent original. A good number of these tales are truly creepy and I highly recommend that you read them on your own, late at night in an old house with the doors firmly bolted . . .
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8 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unsettling Stuff, 16 Jan 2002
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Despite the pronounced similarity to MR James's ghost stories, these short tales are heavy on atmosphere and imagination and are classics of their type, the English supernatural. One or two have appeared in anthologies but this collection is all in all a good read.
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