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The Chalice (Glastonbury Ghost Story) Paperback – 19 Jun 1998

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Product details

  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books; New edition edition (19 Jun. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330342673
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330342674
  • Product Dimensions: 17.6 x 11.5 x 4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (87 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 873,702 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gripping throughout. Powerful, classic stuff. The Times Crisp prose, excellent dialogue and real sense of mounting evil. Time Out Grimly sinister. Written with blood-curdling aplomb. Sunday Telegraph Phil Rickman is one of my all-time favorites. I love everything he's done, from horror to mystery to supernatural thriller - often all in the same book. -- Diana Gabaldon --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Phil Rickman was born in Lancashire and lives on the Welsh border where he writes and presents the book programme Phil the Shelf on BBC Radio Wales. He is the acclaimed author of Dr Dee, The Bones of Avalon, Midwinter Spirit (now a major ITV series), the Merrily Watkins Mysteries and the John Dee papers. Visit his website at: www.philrickman.co.uk --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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By A Customer on 20 July 1999
Format: Paperback
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel! Although it is classified as 'horror' for most of the book the supernatural theme is overshadowed by the author's more 'human' concerns. The dominant theme is the clash between the 'straight' residents of Glastonbury and their mystical, new age neighbours. The ancient Glastonbury legends of Joseph of Arimathea and the Holy Grail form the backdrop to a story of the clash between good and evil in the twentieth century Somerset town. Since the main protagonists in the story are Christians, neo-pagans or sceptics I would have liked to have seen a more sympathetic Christian character: the unpleasant farmer Don Moulder and the wishy-washy bishop don't really count! But that criticism apart this is an excellent Glastonbury novel which reminded me, for some inexplicable reason, of C.S. Lewis's supernatural thriller "That Hideous Strength".
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By A Customer on 24 Sept. 2002
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This is an excellant book that keeps you captivated from the first page. The authors style of writing keeps you on the edge of your seat for the entire story... Not strictly a horror story but spooky in places. It is difficult to distinguish the facts of Glastonbury and its history from the authors fiction which makes it all the more enthralling. I agree that it is an brilliant book for curling up at the fire with.
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This book's clever mixture of fact and fiction is incredibly gripping. I read it when i was 17 in 98. The characterisation is fascinating and clever. Definitely worth it. I have to visit Glastonbury now.
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Not a Merrily Watkins story, darker and spookier. too scary to read at bedtime.
Evil vs good in the holy Isle of Avalon, or is it just certain people with a dark history in Glastonbury ? Whatever the cause ancient or recent, as the winter heads towards the solstice the evil atmosphere in the town grows and comes to a head at dawn on the shortest day, as the forces of Good and Evil battle to gain the soul of a young girl.
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By A Customer on 6 Mar. 2001
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I have read all the books written by Phil Rickman so far,and this one has to be my favourite.He has exactly captured the atmosphere of Glastonbury which is a strangely eerie place at the best of times, especially the Tor. An excellent book to curl up with on a cold, dark Winter's night!
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This book is brilliant on so many levels. Myth, legend, ancient and modern history and real historic characters are worked into the story in such a way that you feel you have entered a parallel world, in which "it's all real, and everything means something." I was so interested in many of these aspects that I have since read non-fiction books to find out more, which made me realise just how much research has gone into this book. It's written in such a way that I lived it, and FELT what was happening. It builds up intensely towards the end, so that you really are on the edge of your seat. I loved every page of it, and loved all the people, good and bad, because they are so well-drawn, but Arnold the three-legged psychic dog remains my hero! This is the second story he has appeared in, and I was overjoyed at his return! Readers who enjoyed this book would almost certainly enjoy "Crybbe," also by Phil Rickman. Riveting stuff.
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Rickman always writes a slightly different sort of ghost story and The Chalice is no exception. As usual there's the excellent characterisation, the genuine atmosphere and the deeply confusing supernatural mumbo-jumbo. Even so, the book is a top read and leaves you wishing that Rickman was a bit more prolific in his writing.
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I have always been a great fan of horror novels since I started reading them as a boy in the early fifties and over the years have amassed a large collection, mainly paperback copies and I am now replacing those available as e-books with Kindle Editions. This re-organisation has also given me the chance to revisit books that I have not read for a while and I have just started on the Kindle editions of Phil Rickman's older novels.

Rickman, who prefers his work to be described as 'supernatural thrillers' rather than horror novels was one of the top authors of the genre in the 1990s and The Chalice was one of the later (1997) of his stand alone novels which were, in my opinion far better than the later 'phychic detective' style of book that he has produced in more recent years, perhaps to satisfy a different demographic of reader.

His early works are well worth adding to any collection of supernatural or horror thrillers.

Sadly the Kindle edition has a number of formating flaws, section breaks in the text not being well defined which can be a bit confusing for the reader but this does not distract from an aborbing and suspenseful read.
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