The House of Lost Souls Paperback – 6 Mar 2008
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'A clever thriller : spooky, atmospheric, often genuinely frightening. Another auspicious debut.' (Peter Guttridge)
'Echoes of the Blair Witch Project resonate throughout this chilling novel. Cottam's elaborate haunting needs some indulgence, but his his adenaline-chargedprose is drawn tight with suspense.' (Financial Times)
"Extremely well written . . .Old-fashioned suspense combined with modern horror imagery to produce a fine example of the genre." (The Times)
Chilling tale of suspense. (Belfast Telegraph)
In this brilliant and chilling novel real events in the past impact on the present and a terrible sense of foreboding will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page. (Lancashire Evening Telegraph)
The spookiest novel you will read this year - a thrilling masterpiece. Not to be read before going to sleep!See all Product Description
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I am giving you my honest opinion when I say that this book is the creepiest, most atmospheric, unsettling book I have read. It is really creepy. Beautifully written.
I started it a few days ago and could not put it down. It crawls underneath your skin and really pulls you under into a world full of shadows, ghosts, demons and haunting characters.
I can't say enough how this book really unsettled me - and this is coming from somebody who has read HUNDREDS of so called horror/scary books.
Don't read it alone! You'll need the light on. ENJOY!
The plot was exciting as it weaved in and out of the unravelling mystery. Well written, the characters were well formed and I couldn't put it down! If you like an exciting mystery horror, then I highly recommend this book.
Like Brodmaw Bay, the story is not always told from the same character's perspective and this yarn is particularly different as so much of it concerns the past of a major character. Additionally a journal tells us of a character between the wars and the writing is at times lambent, lyrical, nostalgic and full of period detail. The latter, especially the scenes in London in 1983 are so evocative and real that one expects the book to open up like a diorama with the characters,scenes and sounds portrayed in minute detail.The story transcends the label of horror although there are many references to occult practices. Certainly, after reading one would never think of Dennis Wheatley in the same light again - one wonders what any of his descendants must think after reading this book. At the very least, it shows how one-dimensional Wheatley's xenophobic stories were in comparison with such a masterly purveyor of prose such as Cottam.
In the final denouement major characters do not necessarily survive but this is a book that will remain with the reader for a long time after it has been returned to the library or bookshelf or to a certain building on the Isle of Wight!
Four young female students and their tutor have been subject to a bizarre and horrific experience at the derelict Fischer House, one of the students has died as a result and the others are mentally damaged. At the girl's funeral attended by her three friends, the brother of a survivor is spooked by something he sees and detemines to do all he can to help his sister recover.
In London meanwhile, Paul Seaton is a man with a past and not much else going for him right now. He is approached by Malcom Covey, who seems to know a lot about the events at the Fischer House and enough about Seaton to persuade him to help the brother and sister overcome whatever it was she experienced. Seaton is reluctant, this is too close to his past catching up with him, but he has an unexplained affinity with the girl's experiences and, anyway, Covey is offering him enough money to make it difficult to resist.
Seaton sets off to meet the tutor, then the girl and her brother, and Cottam now begins unravelling Seaton's past. Here is our first story within, the background that explains Seaton's emapthy with the girl and his reluctance to get involved this time. As Seaton's life unfurls, Cottam unwraps his second embedded story, one of debauchery, crime and Satanism set in the 1920s.
Cottam sets himself no mean task with such a complex interweaving of threads, but does enough to hold it together and keep it moving apace.Read more ›
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This is one of the best books I have read, the story has just the right level of complexities to keep you interested without becoming too difficult to follow. Read morePublished 4 months ago by k a crowe
This book stole my life and deprived me of sleep........I just could not put it down. It is well written and had a fascinating plot that kept me guessing to the end. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Sophie A Allen
Found the majority of this book so gripping. Fantastic layered storylines that all interlock so nearly. Shame the end felt rushed.Published 22 months ago by gogo
I thoroughly enjoyed The House of Lost Souls. Chilling with great characters.Published on 10 July 2014 by C Reeby
The best read I've had for a long time, genuinely felt unearved and couldn't put it down I loved the way FGC wove real life characters into this gripping piece of fiction.Published on 1 Jun. 2014 by Rachel Richardson-Jones
I have read everything I can find by this author (F.G. Cottam) and have not been disappointed by any of his books.Published on 27 May 2014 by pixiestix
I am fast becoming a fan of this author. This is the second book of his that I have read and it is a gripping novel. Read morePublished on 3 Mar. 2014 by J. Turner