Apartment 16 Paperback – 7 May 2010
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`Apartment 16 is setting the bar high for British horror writing this year. I'm not the most easily spooked of people when it comes to my reading choices; Apartment 16, however, managed to get me sleeping with the lights on, acted as the catalyst for two spectacular nightmares and turned the simple task of walking through my flat late at night to get a hot drink into the eeriest of beverage quests.' --Dark Fiction Review
`Not since reading Stephen King's It has a book managed to instill such a feeling of fear and disquiet in me... Apartment 16 is an excellent horror book from a talented author. Highly recommended.' --Fantasy Book Review
'A wonderfully written, deftly-plotted tale of terror. Apartment 16 kept me guessing right to the end, and kept me turning pages long into the night. If horror is going to make a comeback in 2010, this is the book to lead the charge. Highly recommended.'
`His writing shows an almost perfect melding of the old and the new: the raw atmospherics of Blackwood, the subtle and oh so terrifying nearly-glimpsed horrors on the periphery of M.R. James' and H.P. Lovecraft's imaginations; the masterly development of buildings and environments as characters and vessels, and a cutting contemporary miserablism describing everyday urban hopelessness that is as grim and inevitable as the spiral into which Seth and Apryl find themselves descending. Put simply, he writes damn unsettling prose.' --Book Geeks
`There's something sort of pleasingly old-fashioned about Apartment 16. Nevill doesn't offer gratuitous gore or flashy weirdness. Instead, he builds terror brick by brick, with subtle intimations and well-orchestrated escalating strangeness.' --Bookotron
`However the thing that sets this book apart for me was Nevill's style. At one stage, one of the protagonists' nightmares were so well written, dark, impressive that I could picture the vivid details in front of my eyes. The darkness of the setting was so well imagined and it was so well conveyed that the whole experience was truly disturbing at times, something that I would expect from a good horror book.'
--Speculative Book Review
A story of spine-tingling terror from Britain’s award-winning ‘master of horror’, Adam Nevill. Perfect for fans of Stephen King.See all Product Description
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Basically what you have, on the surface of things, is a classic British ghost story which relates the mostly separate story strands of Apryl and Seth as they both go through their various and varied experiences by coming into the vicinity of apartment 16 and Barrington Block. In Apryl's case, it begins innocently enough as she delves into the past of a relative she barely knew existed. By searching through her aunt's belongings, looking at and wearing clothes from an era she loves, and finally reading through her aunt's increasingly disturbing diaries, Apryl comes to realise that something awful happened in the past of Barrington House and might still be around. For Seth, a failed art student, it's far more insidious as he is beset by strange visions and dreams, the spectre of a young hooded boy who seems to follow him out of his dreams and subsequently lead and pushes Seth into fulfilling the awful destiny of an artist who used to reside in apartment 16.
As a follow up to his debut, Banquet For The Damned, Apartment 16 is more than worthy.Read more ›
I was prompted to leave this review after reading some of the comments left by others, in fear that the negativity would put other potential readers off.
Let me start by saying that it has been a long time since I have got excited by a novel. And a horror novel at that! The horror section of book shops always seems to be so small in comparison to the others. And now the limited space is over run with vampire romance stories after the ever popular TWILIGHT saga.
That's o.k. but once you have read one...
I happened to find Apartment 16 purely by chance.
The story follows two main characters and their connection to Barrington House; an upmarket block situated in London.
Within its walls lies Apartment 16. No one goes in. And no one comes out.
Seth is the night-watchman. He investigates a disturbance that appears to be coming from the abandoned apartment. Events that follow change his life forever.
Apryl is a young American woman who has been left an apartment by her Great Aunt Lillian at Barrington House. It appears that her Aunt died in strange circumstances. Overwhelmed by her inheritance, Apryl seeks to discover the truth about her Aunt. She discovers some journals that suggest that Barrington House has a dark secret that it isn't about to let its residents forget it. Apryl unravels more than she bargains for.
If you are looking for an easy horror, then this is probably not a novel for you. But if you want something with a strong story/plot line and something that investigates and explores the supernatural with a unique view point then I urge you to give it chance.
Whilst reading I was completely astounded by the books imagery and intensity.Read more ›
Unfortunately, the chapters got worse as the book progressed. Don't get me wrong, I enjoy a good horror or haunted book, but this was neither. The story was long, drawn-out and just absurd. You can read the plot in many others reviews so I won't go over it again. Suffice to say the graphic (and horrible) descriptions of people and the art are completely over the top. It's as if the author just intended to shock you as opposed to providing a good read.
I actually finished the book and, as others have said, the ending is left hanging with no real closure.
If you want a good `haunted thriller' read then don't bother with this one. If you want a completely off-the-wall book with lurid descriptions of torture and death then this is for you.
This book was initially one of those I had to put down and read something a bit lighter before I went to sleep, brilliantly creepy, descriptive and imaginative it was the horrors of urban life, helplessness and the trap of poverty and misery that disturbed me as much as the haunted house story. The many eccentricities of the British elderly and rich living in seclusion in a well off corner of London through the eyes of a young American and a disillusioned young artist was great, and the glimpses which could have been supernatural or a symptom of a distressed or disturbed mind were brilliant. However, I definitely do agree the book was repetitive, if the big reveal -what actually was in Apartment 16 had not been done so early or in such thorough detail and saved until the denouement it would have been much much better, the descriptions of the suffering and the mangled flesh became so commonplace it no longer had any impact by the slightly confusing end. It reminded me of The Shining, (which is fine as that's a suspenseful delight of a horror novel), especially considering Seth's ultimate fate, (which was fairly early on always going to have to be the outcome) and also the film Poltergeist, which is less of a compliment. The constant and somewhat half-arsed wittering about nazi's and vortexes and portals diminished it for me, more mystery and less attempt at explanation would have been better. The child and the relation to the other porter honestly did appear to have been a last minute addition to the story to tie up a few loose ends, as it didn't seem to have anything to do with the rest of the plot except slightly because he couldn't just leave the job until he had a replacement to take on the curse of Barrington House because his wife had been looking for their dead son? Something like that?(again, very much like The Shining). On the whole I enjoyed it, bits were fantastic and others sound like the script from a schlocky hammer horror.
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I agree with many other reviews and found this book to such a chore to read, I actually gave up.
One or two pages of plot development and then page after page, and even... Read more
Terrible terrible book. The first time I've ever quit on a book. I've given it one star because there were no spelling errors as far as I saw!Published 9 months ago by M. P. Jones
I'm not a big reader generally but I could not put this book down. It's truly gripping and I was constantly on edge. Excellent book!Published 11 months ago by ndm89
I'm surprised at the reviews left for this book, since reading it several years ago it still sends shivers down my spine. Read morePublished 12 months ago by k a crowe
Brilliant and creepy, I actually like Adam Nevill is becoming the UK equivalent of Stephen King. He's a bit of a master at story telling, put it that way.Published 14 months ago by May May Go Away