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This is one book that does not seem to know what it is, and you are left with the feeling that the author is trying to be too clever for his own good. These are supposed to be fiction stories based Preposterous tosh. These are supposed to be fiction stories based on true locations and experiences, yet the endings left me feeling disappointed and not the least bit frightened, which is a shame as some of the locations seemed to be the perfect location for a good ghost story.
If you want to read ghost stories written by someone who knows how to scare the reader, then read the works of M. Jan 12, Phil rated it really liked it. I loved this book. The tale about the mental institution, forget the title, was particularly chilling, like being stuck inside a nightmarish public information film from the s.
My only gripe is that the back story, about the author's collaboration with a reporter, seemed to fragment and eventually disintegrate entirely - what happened? I expected there to be some kind of resolution but none was forthcoming. Having said that, it's still a fantastic read. The Aickman influence, well documented by Dyson, is very evident, as are the other formative influences, many of which are mentioned in the introduction.
I read it on Kindle, which was fine, but I suspect the print version is probably more immersive, with the illustrations and design no doubt adding to the experience. Thoroughly recommended. Dec 04, Janette Fleming rated it really liked it. What unspeakable horror glimpsed in the basement of a private library in West Yorkshire drove a man to madness and an early grave? What led to an underground echo chamber in a Manchester recording studio being sealed up for good? What creature walks the endless sands of Lancashire's Fleetwood Bay, and what connects it to an unmanned craft washed ashore in Port Elizabeth, nearly six thousand miles away?
In Jeremy Dyson was contacted by a journalist wanting help bringing together accounts of tru What unspeakable horror glimpsed in the basement of a private library in West Yorkshire drove a man to madness and an early grave? The Haunted Book chronicles the journey Dyson, formerly a hardened sceptic, went on to uncover the truth behind these tales.
It's traditional to present ghost stories with an authenticating framing device: the dusty diary, the old newspaper clipping, the aged man who relates a terrible experience.
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The shtick here is that a journalist, Aiden Fox, who writes a column about true ghostly encounters, has proposed a collaboration to Jeremy Dyson, the co-creator of The League of Gentlemen; he provides his extensive source material and Dyson will write up the stories as fiction. Dyson, or should that be "Dyson", accepts, and vows to visit all the locations. But that is just the start of the game. The 10 stories which comprise The Haunted Book explore the conventions and tricks of the form, although some have no ghost at all.
We begin with a straightforward haunted house yarn. A young man is taunted by calls from a disconnected telephone; but it seems that the clue lies in his own psychosexual make-up. The sense of a link between a character's sexual life and his supernatural experience intensifies as the book goes on, and is one of the unifying features of the collection.
Another is the way that "Dyson" himself becomes a haunted figure, as he roams around the country following Fox's leads. The recording terminology of the title becomes an elegant metaphor for time passing and opportunity lost. After four tales, the book turns into a replica of a title, This Book is Haunted, within which lies perhaps the most terrifying tale, "Tetherdown Lock". The spirit of the writer Robert Aickman — much admired by Dyson — presides over all one of Zurau's songs is named after an Aickman story. Aickman also ties sexuality and coercion in some of his creepiest tales. The last two formal tales, which purport to come from yet another source, "A Book of Hauntings", make this link explicit with a Leeds library haunted by a porn fiend, and a series of sex crimes out on't moors.
But there's one more surprise for the reader, in the final, coal-black pages.
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The Haunted Book sets out not merely to entertain, but to embody a creeping menace in the text itself. The trompe-l'oeil cover is just the start of the fun. Open it if you dare …. Nov 30, D.
I've only read one other book by Dyson, but it was good enough for me to want to check this one out when it appeared credit again to my library, who actually ordered it new when I asked for it! Coincidentally, I've been reading a collection of M. James' ghost stories, and this fits in perfectly with that. In fact, many times I forgot what was going on in which book, they're so similar in tone, topic and style. Dyson's writing is perfect. When I read the previous book Cranes This time out, he's adapted his style to reflect not just the subject at hand ghosts and general weirdness , but to change in order to ape different time periods' popular styles.
He does this admirably, and if not for the gimmickry at play here, I'd almost believe these were the excerpts from various sources they claim to be. I absolutely loved this book. It's the first time in a long time I was so creeped out by a story that I gave in to the infantile impulse to look around the dark room to make sure I wasn't being watched though this was aided by the atmospheric video Amazon has to promote the book! This would have been a five-star book for me, except for one thing: the ending. Through the course of the tale s , something is clearly being set up.
I had no solid expectations of what that would be, but what it finally was I found vastly disappointing. I won't give it away, as I know there are plenty of readers who found the end clever and interesting. Not me. So, the book loses a star for crapping out at the end. But, if you're looking for a modern book of spooky stories with a classic bent, you could do far worse than The Haunted Book. Do yourself a favour, though, and don't e-book it; I'm sure it'll lose something in the change from this beautifully-produced hardcover into a sheet of electro-text.
Jan 14, Nay rated it really liked it. Well, I'm not really sure what to make of this book. It starts off with an introduction by the author, Dyson, explaining his history with ghost stories and how he came to write this book. He then lays out some stories for our perusal, giving an account of his experiences when visiting the setting of each one.
The book then takes a different turn by becoming another book of a similar name, again recounting some ghostly stories. And so on.
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I'm not even sure I fully understand the last few pages, s Well, I'm not really sure what to make of this book. I'm not even sure I fully understand the last few pages, so the less said about that the better.
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The stories within the book were good, they didn't scare me but I enjoyed them as creepy little stories about the supernatural and the unknown. I have a feeling some of them will stick with me, as one or two did when I read Dyson's 'Never Trust A Rabbit' twelve years ago.