- Publisher: Scribner; 1st Edition edition (May 1989)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0684190818
- ISBN-13: 978-0684190815
- Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 15.5 x 3.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,084,719 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ancient Images Hardcover – 1 May 1989
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Unnerving and thoroughly satisfying."
--Dean Koontz on Ancient Images
"A taut, tight thriller, a real hackle-raiser."
--Robert McCammon on Ancient Images
"Good horror writers are quite rare, and Campbell is better than just good."
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
Ramsey Campbell has been given more awards than any other writer in the field, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Horror Writers Association, a Living Legend Award from the International Horror Guild, and a Grand Master Award from the World Horror Convention. He has also received three Bram Stoker Awards, four World Fantasy Awards, two International Horror Guild Awards, and twelve British Fantasy Awards. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Top Customer Reviews
This novel starts excellently, as one of the heroine's friends dies before her eyes, with her subsequent investigation into the film uncovering disturbing clues pointing towards an isolated village. The Wicker Man seems to be a (perhaps too) strong influence during the novels latter half, with an isolated farming community relying on regular blood sacrifices to appease the land, and a charismatic and seemingly helpful Lord of the Manor who in reality hides a dreadful secret.
After a strong start however, the novel begins to get a little repetitive, and while the initial moments of the heroine catching glimpses of menacing scarecrow-like figures out of the corner of her eye are disturbing, after a couple of hundred pages of it you get impatient for the novel's 'bogey-men' to do more than just loom menacingly off-stage. The climax is also rather unspectacular, with the decision to have the demise of what is ostensibly the lead villain occur 'off-screen' a particular letdown.
This is still a reasonably enjoyable and effective horror novel, but Ancient Images fails to build to the satisfying climax it should. Reasonable, but not in the same league as Campbell's best work.
A pretty decent novel, although I think I just about prefer his short stories. And perhaps those were "of their time" - I have just bought a secondhand copy of "Demons by Daylight", which impressed me greatly when I first read it, so will let you know...
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amazing book, Sandy is possibly one of the greatest protagonists ever, and i love the idea of the lost film.Published 14 months ago by Mr. C. G. Regan
This is the first Ramsey Campbell book I ever read - and one of his best. This is the book that convinced me that not all horror is trash. Read morePublished on 27 Oct. 2013 by Law Tech
Campbell's insidiously creepy tale of an apparently cursed, lost Karloff-Lugosi 1940's horror film made in England, doesn't quite deliver the knockout punchline you might hope for... Read morePublished on 8 Nov. 2012 by Mr. Steven West