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  • Paperback: 142 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition (20 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 148417173X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1484171738
  • Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 0.9 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 93,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Chris Lambert is a novelist, playwright, sound artist and drama teacher. He has had four plays published by Stagescripts including "Ship of Fools", "Ugga" "Loving Chopin" and "The Simple Process of Alchemy". He lives in Reading, Berkshire. This collection of short stories was written in collaboration with Kev Oyston of Soulless Party as part of "Tales from the Black Meadow" a music and spoken word project. Nigel Wilson trained as a graphic artist. He lives and works in Reading and is actively involved in stage and lighting design, acting and illustration.


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What do you get if you take M.R. James, add a pinch of Tales of the Unexpected and Blood on Satan’s Claw, sprinkle in some Nigel Kneale and stir it up with some choice E.F Benson? The answer is Chris Lambert’s unique book Tales from the Black Meadow.
Chris is an English teacher whom I first met when he was presenting a scene from his stage version of Night of the Living Dead performed by his pupils. Would that I had teachers like that. Who needs Shakespeare when you can have George A. Romero?
Tales of the Black meadow purports to be a collection of folk tales, legends, rhymes and stories from a remote and foreboding area of the North Yorkshire Moors. Folklorist Rodger Mullins of the University of York went missing in 1972 leaving no trace but a collection of work pertaining to The Black Meadow
The Black Meadow seems to be a shunned place bypassed by time. It reminds one of H.P.Lovecraft’s Dunwich or one of the desolate areas of the East coast in which M.R .James set his disturbing stories.
The stories and rhymes contained in the book are notable for both outstanding oddness and the queer ring of ‘truth’ that marks out many a good story. The anecdotes remind one of some of the weirder stories covered within the pages of Fortean Times. One of the best stories The Land Spheres involves black spheres that emerge from the mists one night and simply devour all light. The story put me in mind of an account from WWII when a group of night watchmen saw a black sphere emerge from the night and seemingly toss about some heavy railway sleepers. The story isn’t strictly horror but it is so deeply strange as to be unsettling. It is this kind of story, both on the printed page and in real life that I find by turns the most intriguing and the most disturbing.
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The book is merely part of a bigger and multi-faceted content stream. Lambert is a prolific and talented writer that has produced plays, books and music to much acclaim. Here he has created a world of ghost, folk and fairy-like tales that are part fable, philosophical ramble and parable. Each is enjoyable and worth reading but it is as a whole the book really works. Lambert manages to create genuine atmosphere and spine-tingling moments... but he also injects some black humour and much appreciated wit. There are underlying themes and messages for those in need of such things and I shan't debate them here. Read the book (listen to the accompanying album and excellent Radio 4 Documentary ;-)to draw your own conclusions.

I wouldn't recommend reading it to or letting it be read by those under 10 as it does have some adult themes and frankly it might just plain weird some kids out! I have attached the link to the album that accompanies the book and suggest you do purchase both together as it offers the full experience and gives to an appreciation of the scale, intelligence and ambition of this project.

It isn't perfect and it has it's stylistic idiosyncrasies (which are part of its charm) but I recommend it to all.

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An evocative and mysterious book, original and unsettling in a Brother's Grimm kind of way. The stories spoke to me of the feeling you have as a child when you're scared of branches scratching at the window and the 'bad man' who lives in the woods. The book itself seems to have a kind of mystery about it, and whilst part of me is tempted to go looking for more on the 'Black Meadow' to find out if it really did/does exist I like the feeling of it being a mystery that can't be solved!
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I was intrigued by the set up of this collection of stories and songs, based on the "found" notes of a professor who has long since vanished.
For the most part the stories work well but become less disturbing as we read on. The final story did end abruptly, which threw me a little, and I was hoping to learn more about the "missing professor" in the back pages.
But all in all a good read.
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Wonderful stories, richly illustrated, which describe strange happenings in and around a fictitious(?) location in a real part of North Yorkshire. Cleverly written to convince you it is recounting established, but rarely spoken of, folklore. There is even a separately available CD with haunting compositions by Kev Oyston and a "documentary" giving added authenticity to the tales. Can be enjoyed by readers of all ages, depending on their ability to deal with creepy material.
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This is a beautiful, compelling book of folklore. What's most haunting about this book is that the stories feel like they've been lingering at the back of your mind all your life. The sparse, propulsive prose gives it this sense of timelesness. This is Britain's past reimagined so vividly that it becomes as real as a memory, albeit one shrouded in speculation, rumour and mystery. A fine piece of hauntology but also good storytelling with lots of twists in the tale. It gets grizzly, absurd and murderous in parts, if you like that kind of thing, which I do.
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`Tales from the Black Meadow', by Chris Lambert, is a little gem of a book which exploits and revels in the concept of `gothic' to the very full.
The way the book is structured around a collection of ` would be' sinister stories, and extracts from a fanciful array of macabre sources, is a witty pastiche on more established publications. Such is the brevity of each tale, and the clarity of writing, Chris Lambert provides the reader with no refuge from his ceaseless accounts of the grotesque and inexplicable. Lambert's clear skill in `spooky' narration is accentuated by a clear relish for dark humour and the unexpected.
The book is illustrated by some equally haunting and evocative images created by Nigel Wilson.
Whether in the schoolroom or by the fireside on a dark cold night, `Tales from the Black Meadow' is an essential short read.
Mervyn Williams
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