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Creepy, but flawed,
This review is from: The Grin of the Dark (Paperback)
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I have read a couple of Ramsey Campbell's novels before and I have enjoyed them. The Grin of the Dark was a genuinely creepy novel, although it's not quite up there with The Nameless. The story of Simon Lester who begins writing a book about Tubby Thackeray, an anarchic music hall and silent film star, is a gripping one. As he finds out more about Thackeray strange events start to happen. As events unfold you are never quite sure whether these things are really happening or whether he is having some kind of nervous breakdown. There are some genuinely creepy moments in the book, for example when Lester investigates a disused theatre, but I felt that this section of the story was far too long. I did start to get bored of reading about all the strange things that were happening to Lester and just wished the book would come to it's conclusion. I did find the ending a little unsatisfying in that I wanted to find out exactly why these events occured with regards to what was the motivation for starting them. The Grin of the Dark is an enjoyable page-turner though and I was certainly recommend Ramsey Campbell to anyone wanting to read some home-grown horror.