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5.0 out of 5 stars First Rate Book, 6 Mar 2008
This review is from: The Grin of the Dark (Paperback)
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'The Grin Of The Dark,' written by Ramsey Campbell is a first-rate horror/thriller novel oozing with unequalled writing quality. The book follows the main character of Simon Lester, who is persuaded to investigate and write about Tubby Thackeray, a comedian-clown-movie star, whose career suddenly ended.

The book is exciting and gripping keeping you interested from the first to the last page. I don't think I've ever read a book so fast in my life, I just wanted to keep reading on and on. Clowns have always been a good subject for horror (just take Stephen King's IT) however I've never seen the subject done so well and done in such a 'believable' way. The language and descriptive detail employed by Ramsey is fantastic and very effective in creating a sense of dread and impending doom, and unlike most books of this genre, it doesn't rely on a-scare-a-page gore tactics to keep it interesting. I've never actually read anything written before by Ramsey Campbell, but if this is the standard of his writing then I guess I'll be looking up his back-catalogue.

There no such thing as a perfect book and The Grin is no exception. There are a few plot holes that get left unanswered and the ending (while great) didn't seem quite right. But seriously these few minor faults don't detract from an otherwise gem of a novel. This is the kind of book you can read more than once and still enjoy and I strongly suggest you give it a go.
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