- 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: 294,399 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tales from the Black Meadow Paperback – 20 Apr 2013
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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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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting and unusual tales, which sound like they could be true. Good for a short read, as each tale is quickly completed. Sometimes I only have time for this. worth buying.Published 17 months ago by Janc
"Tales from the Black Meadow" features a blend of weird and disturbing short stories and several short verses. Read morePublished on 2 Nov. 2013 by Phil Syphe
Loved this collection of short spooky stories. In fact couldn't put it down till it was finished! Love to see more from this author.Published on 20 Oct. 2013 by Mrs. G. R. Harris
Loved every tale in all its creepy glory, the beautiful illustrations by Nigel Wilson add to each story a must read for anyone who enjoys reading under the duvet!Published on 20 Oct. 2013 by Nana Royle
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. Read morePublished on 4 Oct. 2013 by Gareth
I literally could not put this book down. It will make you gasp, laugh, cry and will send a little shiver down your spine. Read morePublished on 24 Sept. 2013 by Kerensa Faragher