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The Realm of the Hungry Ghosts by [Murning, Gary William]
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"A book that refuses to be comfortably straight-jacketed into one genre, The Realm of the Hungry Ghosts takes the reader into a complex supernatural thriller that, at its heart, reveals a satisfying, thoughtful literary novel. Murning is a storyteller from the old school, where language and character are paramount, and the cast of characters take us from past to present, through love, suspicion and finally to resolution. Lyrical and thought-provoking, this is a novel to be savoured."
--Ruth Dugdall - author of The Woman Before Me and The Sacrificial Man.

"A book that refuses to be comfortably straight-jacketed into one genre, The Realm of the Hungry Ghosts takes the reader into a complex supernatural thriller that, at its heart, reveals a satisfying, thoughtful literary novel. Murning is a storyteller from the old school, where language and character are paramount, and the cast of characters take us from past to present, through love, suspicion and finally to resolution. Lyrical and thought-provoking, this is a novel to be savoured." --Ruth Dugdall - author of The Woman Before Me and The Sacrificial Man.

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Gary is a writer from the north-east of England, he is an active blogger and tweeter within the writing community.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1158 KB
  • Print Length: 416 pages
  • Publisher: GWM Publications (25 Mar. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007OWFGEM
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #603,693 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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You never know quite what you are going to get in a Gary Murning novel, and in this latest outing he has chosen to unleash the ghosts in a truly chilling, but thoughtfully constructed, piece of horror fiction. Without giving too much of the plot away, the lead character, Sonny Moore, is a struggling author and family man who unwittingly releases an evil apparition from the past. This tortured spirit invades their lives, and Sonny's mind, to the extent that it is at times hard to know what is real to the story and what is happening in his own inner fictional world. The climax and final outcome are undeniably tragic whilst at the same time highly disturbing.

Gary Murning always seems to come up with original and highly enjoyable books. This is no exception -- even though it is not for the faint-hearted at times!
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As with his previous novels Gary Murning has, once again, not only captured this reader from the first page and taken them into the world of his creations, but has also succeeded in giving one a reason to remain there well beyond the last page.

His characterisation is as ever masterful, with a depth that begs the question, what were his cast of characters doing before the events of the current novel, surely there must be some tales to tell of the times before Sonny & Ashley got married? What about Oliver & Don? Not only that, what will they do now?

The whole story/journal/diary within a story would make an interesting tale in itself, though I will admit Sonny as author writing a story within the story with its later 'wall-breaking' did cause me to lose my connectedness for a few seconds, if only for its lack of subtlety.

The nose-tweaking nod to the Hollywood obsession with sequels to successful films, the whole franchising effort to which all modern films appear to succumb was a beautiful touch, but may well only have been in my own head as I read the last few pages.

If you're of a sensitive disposition then tissues might well be necessary, do make sure if required, that the lights work. Get yourself a coffee/tea/cocoa and find a comfortable seat within which to sit.

Sit back and relax.

Ahead of you are 412 pages of thought-provoking, mind-engrossing prose from an expert.
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One of the things I've never liked much about horror are the two-dimensional, wooden characters who are just vehicles for a plot. You know, the blonde bimbo who runs up the stairs instead of out of the house. There's none of this here - the characterisation is just incredible and you're drawn right into the middle of these people's lives!

I don't want to give too much away - but this book is a psychological rollercoaster that I would thoroughly recommend to any reader. Just make sure you read it with the lights on!!
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What can I say about The Realm of the Hungry Ghosts, without giving away the plot? Well, I can say that, as with Gary Murning's other books, you engage with the characters immediately, and come to care about them, and what happens to them...and, my goodness, such a lot happens to them! This novel is brilliantly written in Murning's no-nonsense style. He doesn't shy away from controversial subjects, but treats them in a matter of fact, wholly believable, way without sensationalising an act or event. It is also a rather astute description of the human psyche in as much as "Hungry Ghosts" are driven by intense emotional needs, and are always striving for more, never satisfied with or appreciating what they actually have.

At the beginning of the story, we meet Sonny Moore, his wife and daughter along with their friends and neighbours. The rich, and sometimes humorous, dialogue between the characters explains the various relationships beautifully, and as the story gathers pace and intensity, so does your level of anxiety at what might happen next. I really don't want to elaborate on the story, because I want you to experience every laugh, gasp and tear that I did on my first reading. Suffice to say you will not be disappointed - but don't blame me if you have to sleep with the lights on...
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I read The Realm of the Hungry Ghosts some time ago, but thought I'd pop back to just give it a quick review, as it's been on my mind for awhile.

Briefly, it's a great book. For those (like myself) who've been a bit disenchanted with the whole "Haunted House" genre, this is like a breath of fresh air. A superb, chilling plot with excellent characterization, rather than the usual "young family move to an evil house" template with cut 'n' paste characters.

I read the book in only a few sittings and, believe me, this is rare for me. I did make the mistake of reading into the early hours, but I'd advise against this. Such a chilling novel.

The ending is satisfying and moving, rather than the usual cop-out in this genre. I can't recommend it highly enough.

An excellent read.
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This is a GREAT novel. It is complex, it is subtle but above all - (and this is going to sound VERY weird), the pared-down style reminds me of George Simenon - or should I say, Simenon AFTER he took heed of the advice of his editor and just before he became REALLY great .

"Throw out all the literary stuff," said Colette, his editor and mentor.

Murning HAS written a literary book but , quite unselfconsciously, HAS managed to bin all the literary stuff. He's gentle on the adjectives and adverbs and all the rest of the prinked-up sesquipedalian nonsense . When you read, you can hear and feel Murning's no-nonsense Northern grit. In some passages, you will hear hear Sillitoe and Barstow, in others you can hear Murning the poet. He has delivered a story - a literary story but crafted by someone whose progress has been breathtaking.

You don't need to know where the story is set - you KNOW. You allow yourself to sink and wallow in the complexity of the idea, the relationships and the subtly sketched characters.

If you want to allow yourself to sink into an exceptional piece or work, delivered by a master storyteller - this one is for you.
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