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Ancient Images Hardcover – 1 May 1989

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Product details

  • Hardcover
  • 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)

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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."
--Stephen King
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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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This is one of Ramsey Campbell's earlier novels and, therefore, in my opinion, almost bound to be better than his newer work, in which he rather seems to have lost his way. I tend to the view that his style is better suited to short horror stories anyway - see, e.g. "Alone With The Horrors" for some really scary stuff - his full length novels do tend to run out of steam and he doesn't build characters/backgrounds as well as, e.g. Stephen King. That said, this book is a satisfying read with a real set of horror villains and everything is well tied together. There are also some genuinely claustrophobic scenes of the sort Ramsey Campbell writes particularly well.
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Ramsey Campbell is rightly acknowledged as one of the greatest living horror writers. His style is creepy, chilling, ghostly and scary rather than overtly violent and gory. It is no wonder he is cited as a major influence by many of today's bestselling writers. Ancient Images centres on a missing film featuring Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff, and the strange outwardly idyllic village of Redfield. Things are far from what they seem. Danger stalks the leafy lanes and the power of the film itself casts a dark shadow. It went missing for a reason and Sandy Allan - the main character - is on a mission to find the it. Her quest leads her into mortal danger - and just why does everything made in Redfield taste different? Thoroughly recommended for fans of more traditional horror - and there are a lot of us!
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Ancient Images starts with an investigation into a 'lost' British horror film, which has left all who've come into contact with it either dead or living in fear. The film itself isn't supernatural however, but acts as a hook to lead the heroine to the cursed village of Redfield...
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.
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Ancient Images is a wonderful horror novel, more than making up for a few plot flaws with an incredible atmosphere which slowly pulls you further and further into the story. The novel offers a terrific "hook" that many horror aficionados such as myself are almost powerless to resist: the search for a lost, almost mythical horror movie starring both Bela Lugosi and Boris Karloff. The film, Tower of Fear, has never been seen, and the rumors surrounding its filming speak of strange happenings and almost ghostly events which supposedly frightened many of the crew and cast so badly that no one even cared that the final product essentially disappeared from the face of the earth before anyone could see it. Now, however, one professional movie buff (Graham) has found a copy after years of searching for it. He invites his friend, film editor Sandy Allan, to see its unveiling at his apartment, but when Sandy arrives, the film is gone. She is then horrified to see her friend jump from the roof of the adjacent building and plunge to his death. When a pompous film critic derides her late friend's quest for a movie that he says never existed, Sandy sets herself the task of finding the movie and vindicating her friend's claims. All she has to go on is a list of contacts Graham made in his search, consisting mainly of men who worked on the film in some capacity. She travels all over the countryside trying to speak to these contacts, finding herself rebuffed by some but increasingly finding more and more evidence of the fear that still haunts the minds of the cast and crew 50 years after the film was made.Read more ›
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I'd read several of his short stories and had been impressed by the ones which placed horror/supernatural situations in everyday settings. This was similar, albeit one has to perhaps adjust to the fact that the "present" was in fact a few a few years ago..."so why didn't she just use her mobile?". Ah yes I see...it's late 70s/early 80s. This was referred to in the author's afterword, to be fair.

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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