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Out of the Deep: Stories of the Supernatural by [Hamley, Dennis]
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About the Author

About the Author Dennis Hamley’s first novel, Pageants of Despair, was first published by Andre Deutsch in 1974. Since then he has written over seventy books, mainly for children and young adults. These include The War and Freddy (shortlisted for the Smarties Prize), Hare’s Choice, Spirit of the Place, Out of the Mouths of Babes, Ellen’s People (published in the USA as Without Warning), which is set in World War 1, and Divided Loyalties, set in World War 2. He has published with Scholastic, OUP, Franklin Watts, Walker Books and several others. He has been published in the USA by Delacorte, SG Philips, Candlewick Press and Paul Dry Books. Many of his books have been translated into other languages. He now writes mainly as an independent author and has placed twelve books so far on Kindle. You can find out more about Dennis and his books at his own website www.dennishamley.co.uk. He also blogs every month at www.authorselectric.blogspot.com

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1644 KB
  • Print Length: 239 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Dennis Hamley; 2 edition (9 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00EFPTX90
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #627,717 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Ghost stories with a very wide variety of settings, each with some fascinating lore about the story's own little world, football, bare knuckle boxing, family life at different times... these spooky tales introduce us to a range of revenants, ghosts with unfinished business, seeking justice, seeking to warn the living, and in this ebook edition, each one is followed by a short piece from the author telling how it came to be written, the inspiration and evolution of the tale. Though they are short, the characters in them, living and otherwise, are beautifully drawn, and they are much more than just spooky, but also moving, sad, and disturbing. Dennis Hamley is an author with many many books behind him and his craft has been honed to sleek perfection. Read them, and leave the light on!
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"There was something in the air; something indefinable; something fearful. Both felt it; neither said anything about it. But they were both watchful."

The stories in Hamley’s collection "Out of the Deep" are supernatural tales just as I like them: subtle, light on out-and-out horror, but full of psychological insight. These stories have a variety of settings, from a monastery to a football pitch, and a variety of characters, from a vulnerable schoolgirl to a bare-knuckle prizefighter; what they all share is an insight into human behaviour and common human situations.

The story "Hear my Voice" has a mediaeval flavour, as both a monk in the Middle Ages and a modern schoolboy are attacked by the same malign entity. Naturally, their interpretations of this entity differ: to the monk it is of the Devil, while the schoolboy interprets it in altogether more worldly terms. "Hear my Voice" is about the power of music and the joy, and perhaps the dangers, of creativity; both monk and schoolboy are artists who unwittingly become channels for something altogether more dangerous:

"He remembered the great ones of the past: Mozart and Schubert, dead in their prime; Beethoven so deaf he never heard his greatest work. And what about John Keats? ... Yes, he knew what had happened to Colin Chiltern. And perhaps it had to."

From this despair, however, comes a new surge of hope:

"Inside his mind the noise changed. The old harmonies did not return. But out of the cacophony there came, dimly at first but steadily stronger, a deeper, stranger music than he had ever heard before. He did not understand it; was not sure if he could handle it.
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With the dark nights closing in and Halloween only weeks away devotees of ghostly and supernatural stories are spoiled for choice. The stories included in Out of the Deep, however, demonstrate that the supernatural is always just a frisson away, whatever the location or time of year. On a summer holiday, at the opening of a railway line, at a football match as well as the more obviously eerie settings such as a lonely crossroads or a medieval mound. Dennis Hamley understands the supernatural as a means of imaging "some of the deepest and most enigmatic processes of the human heart and will". After each of the dozen stories in this collection he adds a commentary explaining how the story came to be written and what particular aspect interested him as he wrote. The explanations are clear and unpretentious and have Hamley's professionalism and wealth of writing experience behind them.
If one is trying to understand (or teach) the genre they are invaluable -- similarly if one if trying to improve one's own writing. I have a tiny reservation, however. The first time I read this book I followed the pattern story + explanation, story + explanation and it was ideal for what I then wanted which was greater understanding of the process. HOWEVER the second time I simply read the stories without the explanations and found them noticeably more powerful and evocative. Reader, the choice is yours.
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Last night I couldn't work out whether I was real or I was a ghost! How could I prove it to myself one way or the other? I didn't manage to figure it out before waking.
The reason for this dream was probably because I went to sleep after reading this collection of superb supernatural short stories. It was like a trip down memory lane back to traditional tales of the unexpected - and the unexpected certainly was delivered.
I still feel haunted by the brilliantly evocative "Hear My Voice" - I was nearly late in getting back to work after lunch yesterday because I HAD to find out what happened to Colin. That story is still resonating.
As well as rewarding reading, the inclusion of the author's rationale for the stories coming into existence is an added bonus that must be welcomed by anyone with an interest in writing - doubling the already amazing value of this book.
This is one of those rare books that will appeal to all genders and all ages - anyone who has the slightest interest in the supernatural and enjoys a subtly spooky read as opposed to out-and-out spine-chilling horror.

(My sole quibble is the large number of proofing errors which detract from such high quality writing - hopefully these will be addressed in future editions.)
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