The Express Diaries Hardcover – Illustrated, 24 Sep 2012
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I would recommend this book to anyone, if only to show how writing should be done... It s a really good story, too, full of complexities and twists and a great big dollop of horror. --http://www.thehorrorzine.com/ReviewFolder/ExpressDiaries/TheExpressDiaries.html
About the Author
AUTHOR Since his late teenage years, Nick Marsh has been proud to maintain his height at a constant five feet ten inches; if only everything in life were that simple. He currently works as a veterinary surgeon in Plymouth, and on his days off he spends his time being cruel to pot plants, drinking cups of tea, and, occasionally, writing. The Express Diaries is his fourth published novel. ARTIST Eric M. Smith's drawings and paintings have appeared in comics and gaming books, including publications from Innsmouth House and Chaosium.
Top Customer Reviews
Note that the production quality on the print edition is particularly high. It's a lovely hardback edition, with beautifully illustrated dustcover, ribbon bookmark, and a series of full-colour illustrations half-way through the book of the characters and some of the scenes they see.
The Book has a very unique origin, being an adaptation of the Bradford Players play through of the 'Call of Cthulhu' RPG campaign 'Horror on The Orient Express'. Absolutely no knowledge of the Cthulhu Mythos or any interest in role playing is needed to thoroughly enjoy this story, but if you do have an interest in these areas then it is even more highly recommended.
A note on the hardback version of this item: The book is lovingly presented and of very high quality, with a great selection of illustrations. A truly fantastic object to own.
Settle in for some quality winter reading. The plot hurtles along faster than any Christie novel or Indy movie. Hard to believe this was based on a roleplay game that was recorded for radio.
First class. I'll be reading this again. Fans of Dracula or period pieces will live this.
Not so here. Faced with the unusual challenge of crafting a book from the audio recordings of The Bradford Players' particular take on the published "Horror on the Orient Express" adventure campaign, recordings which have been released publicly through podcasts and disc versions, Nick Marsh has put the reader first. His epistolary novel makes fine use of the form to let the different characters speak, and thus maintain the familiar group dynamic of role-playing games, without seeming to shoehorn them all into the narrative. Indeed, there have been some very hard choices made, with many cuts and changes made to the original character list and scenes. No bad thing at all, that, and perhaps the reason that this project works so well is that the author has approached it as an editor first, prepared to let go of sentiment in order to produce a better read, and then put on his writer's hat and crafted the remaining elements into something that can stand entirely apart from its gaming origin.
For the general reader with no interest in games this is a gripping and deadly race against supernatural forces in the company of a varied and sparkling collection of characters.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great story, not long to wait before the story gets going and does not relent! Devoured it in 2 days, a proper old fashioned gore fest!Published 24 months ago by Mrs C Royse
In essence, "The Express Diaries" is a novelisation of a recorded audio playthrough of the Call of Cthulhu campaign 'Horror on the Orient Express'. Read morePublished on 14 April 2014 by Steve M.
When Nick Marsh contacted me to ask me if I'd be interested in reviewing his book, I said, "Sure, just send me a Kindle copy, or a .pdf. Read morePublished on 31 Dec. 2013 by David L. Brzeski
I had no idea a novelization of a role playing game could be so good! not that you see too many in the first place. Read morePublished on 30 July 2013 by Hayley
This story started out as a role playing game based round the Call of Cthulhu system
The year is 1925 and in London and ageing professor is convinced he has found clues... Read more
I tend to read mainly ebooks these days. The hardback version of this book is lovely though. It has one of those ribbons to mark your page. Read morePublished on 20 Jun. 2013 by IuchiAtesoro
The Express Diaries by Nick Marsh
EUROPE, 1925. The continent still licks its wounds from the devastating war that raged across it a few years before. Read more