The good times for writer Christopher Ward are over.
Struggling to complete his latest novel, he finds himself sucked into a vicious spiral; the further into the book he gets, the harder it becomes; the harder it becomes, the quicker he slides towards depression and alcoholism.
Then the incidents begin.
How is it that he rarely works and yet, day after day, he finds whole chapters of his novel completed? And what of the things he sees at night? Are they dreams or apparitions?
Alone in his house, and within the decaying confines of his own mind, Ward is pushed to the very edge of sanity. As a writer Ward has always explored the darker side of the human mind. Now it's time for him to experience that darkness for real.
For when the final revelations begin, Ward discovers a truth more terrifying than anything dredged from the most twisted imagination...
About the Author
Shaun Hutson is a best-selling author of horror fiction and has written novels under eight different pseudonyms. He has also contributed stories to 'Kerrang' and 'Raw' and used to host Sky TV's 'Monsters of Rock' program. He lives in Buckinghamshire.
Christopher Ward is a writer with a problem. He potters his lonely way about his huge house in the knowledge that his books are no longer selling as they did - he is an author who is deeply out of fashion. As he struggles with his latest novel, writer's block takes a deeper and deeper hold, and he turns to the comforts of alcohol in the attempt to blot out the growing problems. Yet suddenly the words flow, and we read his novel alongside the story of his struggle. But is Ward really writing it? He remembers nothing and mysterious shadows and lights in his office further deepen the mystery, as do the phone calls to prostitutes he can't remember making and the visits to the cinema he fails to recall. Is he losing his mind, or is something far more sinister happening? This offering from the prolific Hutson (over 40 books so far, in various guises) is a mixture of his horror and thriller writing, but the horror largely takes a back seat. For long stretches the book-within-a-book dominates and only towards the end does the more familiar Hutson emerge as he tries to drag the story back to Edgar Allan Poe territory. It's a hybrid in both name and nature, and Hutson's fans may be disappointed by the lack of gore. But it's still well worth reading for the cleverness of the plotting and the sheer page-turning compulsion of the climactic section. (Kirkus UK)
Number Of Pages: 458
Published: 1st June 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 17.8 x 10.9 x 3.4
Weight (kg): 0.245