The Magdalena Curse Paperback – 15 Apr 2010
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A treasure trove of dark dreams and sinister sorcery (The Times on THE MAGDALENA CURSE)
The novel is modern Gothic in tone, but Cottam's skill as a writer of paranormal chillers gives it a rich varnish of literary class (Saga on THE MAGDALENA CURSE)
This beautifully written, imaginative novel is a tense and terrifying chapter in the ongoing battle between good and evil. (Good Book Guide)
This is a high-class supernatural thriller in which ordinary people stumble into the path of terrifying evil - I was sad to leave the characters when I'd finished. (Soul&Spirit)
F.G. Cottam has crafted a superb and tautly told tale . . . A perfect ghost story (The Times on DARK ECHO)
'F.G. Cottam's complex, tautly atmospheric thriller delivers plenty of chills . . . the perfect dark winter night yarn' (Daily Mail on DARK ECHO)
A terrifying encounter with manifest evil . . . chilling novel . . . His adrenaline-charged prose is drawn tight with suspense (James Urquhart, Financial Times on THE HOUSE OF LOST SOULS)
A boy doomed by a prophecy, a father who will risk anything to save him, an epic confrontation between good and evil by the highly praised author of DARK ECHOSee all Product Description
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But after that, the silliness quota was upped significantly. I think Mr Cottam was under the impression that the more 'horror' elements you include in a novel, the scarier it will be. So, in addition to zombie dogs, we end up with witches, another type of zombie (headless), werewolves, and Nazis. Nazi werewolves, in fact. I can only think that the omission of vampires was a careless oversight.
Even after all that, I still wanted to know how it would all end: the plot had gripped me. It ended rushed, unsatisfying, with more loose ends than a charity shop jumper. I won't spoil the ending for you: it does that for itself. I'll just say that after all the build up, it was all too easy for the main characters to resolve. Except that there were a lot of things they didn't resolve, which would have left me a gibbering wreck of fear (unable to sleep with or without the light on), but apparently weren't troubling enough to prevent the protagonists from living happily ever after.
His first book, The House of lost Souls was very scary, not something to be read either on your own or late at night. His second novel Dark Echo was more of the same but a little less creepy, the constant threat of something awful lurking rather than the actual presence of evil.
This new book is more of a roller coaster ride thriller. The characters are well drawn and believable, and the book rattles along through a series of set piece action sequences.
Highly enjoyable, but different in tone from his first two novels.
This book which was published in 2009 is not of the high standard of Cottam's other work; the tale is a mish-mash of contrived coincidences and far too much is unexplained which is not an accusation that could be levelled at his previous books.
The SAS-type hero is a stereotype, the locations are not described to the same standard as the wonderful Lambeth locales are in other books and the only times that the story comes to life are in the snowy scenes in Scotland where one is instantly transported as the scenery is so clearly related.
Too much does not add-up. South London appears to be a war-zone which is never satisfactorily explained or resolved although there is vague mention of a Coalition Government (which obviously predated the actual one!), a character who is a healer is able to 'think' a vicious dog a distance of many miles away and bury it two metres down under a shingle beach - all by the power of thought, and the main villainess and her principal adversary are caricatures who may be human but could equally be alien or some sort of Highlander character who are almost immortal and can survive being shot pointblank in the head in an assassination technique.Read more ›
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I so wanted to enjoy this as much as I liked The House of Lost Souls but I just ended feeling led down the garden path. Read morePublished on 17 Aug. 2014 by Carbonel
The book started off well, but the ending was a little bit of a let down, considering what the author was building you up for.Published on 18 July 2013 by Mrs Lynne Grier
Once again characters sound like robots when talking, our hero is the stereo typical SAS man and the plot and actions of the hero make no sense at all. Read morePublished on 11 Jun. 2013 by Vikas Sharma
Creepy, exciting, well written, great characters... everything you need to scare your socks off on a howling windy winters night...enjoy !!Published on 10 Feb. 2013 by j parsons
Thought this looked fairly interesting from the blurb on the cover. Couldn't finish the book as I found it laughably bad, something I've not done for many a year. Read morePublished on 28 Mar. 2011 by DotDot
Loved 'The House of Lost Souls', liked 'Dark Echo', hated this!
Ridiculous plot and not scary in the slightest.