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The Darkest Month,
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This review is from: December (PHIL RICKMAN BACKLIST) (Kindle Edition)December 1980. John Lennon is murdered in New York.
At the time Philosopher's Stone, a group chosen for their psychic ability as much as for their musical skills are recording an album in a partly ruined abbey in the Brecon Beacons.
Thinks go badly wrong, tragedy strikes and the band insist that the tapes are destroyed - but are they?
They go their seperate ways but something from that session remains with them and they all struggle to return to 'normal' life.
When the tapes resurface, 14 years later, the four are persuaded to return to the Abbey Studios to complete the album - in December! But the Abbey hasn't finished with them. What is its secret, is there some connection with the infamous 1175 Abergavenny massacre? In December. Could the evil possibly be reaching out to them across the centuries?
This is an absolutely stunning novel, neither a horror tale nor a ghost story - yet it's both! A real one off which deserves to become a classic.
And what happened to the recordings? All malevolent influences have been safely removed, the existing tracks have been finished, a few new ones added, and 'The Abbey Tapes - the exorcism' is now available on mp3, iplayer & CD.
A perfect complement to the book - well worth a listen.