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4.0 out of 5 stars The Master of the Eerie, 22 May 2013
This review is from: A Shadow on the Wall (Hardcover)
He has a gift for the eerie, the slow burning horror or ghost story. He lets your imagination conjure up the shadows and darkness in your own mind. He with his words takes you there and your own imagination does the rest.
Perhaps this is not quite as good as some others that he has written but still excellent and to be recommended.
If you enjoy the classic or gothic ghost story this man does it better than everyone.
With "The Matrix" he even brdged the gap into horror and did it with some style though still a pot boiler.
Excellent stuff if you like that kind of thing and i do.
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Initial post: 12 Dec 2015 14:39:19 GMT
Mr Walker - I won't call you Raymond as we don't know each other! I've just finished Shadow on the Wall and enjoyed it but felt Jonathan Aycliffe has yet to better The Matrix, which was my first JA novel and I loved it. Very, very creepy/sinister and recommended to friends who love that sort of story. Aycliffe has been compared to M R James, although not in his verbose writing style which was very much the style of MRJ's time. Shadow on the Wall reeked of atmosphere and the ghastly abbot was beautifully described. This novel is a perfect read for a dark and stormy night, a comfortable chair and a glass of good whisky!

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Dec 2015 22:46:07 GMT
Thank You Ms Johnston,(and of course you can call me Raymond ) I agree that the Matrix was a eerie tale. Oddly I also attended University In Edinburgh and so could associate easily with the tale. My digs at the time being a short distance from the grass-market. The perfect place in such a cosmopolitan city for a country boy, agriculturalist and thinker upon the arcane, from Argyll, to reside.
I am also a fan of M.R. James and love his repetitive style and like Aycliffe the setting is all.
It is rare that he produces a bad ghost story though I thought a Garden lost in time was Ill thought.
Otherwise, a great ghost story is always received well by me.
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