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The Village of Lost Souls by Sam Kates

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Offline B J Burton Reading Complete Works of H P Lovecraft
21 Mar 2013, 04:52 PM | Post: #1

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The Village of Lost Souls by Sam Kates

The Village of Lost Souls
I can recommend this book by an indie author to anyone who prefers their horror to be more psychological than savage. I finished it on the day that the death of James Herbert was announced. I'd been thinking that it reminded me of Herbert's early work - which is praise indeed. 
The writing is pacy, flows beautifully and swept me along. The sense of menace gradually builds. At 60,000 words it's not a long book and could be read in a single session. 
The characterisation and dialogue are convincing as are the sense of time and place. It's a strong, original story, well told.
Another indie bargain at £1.91.
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RE: The Village of Lost Souls by Sam Kates

I'd like to endorse this sentiment. I love Sam Kates' style of writing. Is it OK to put my review here. Smack my hand and keep me in at playtime if it isn't!

This book is marketed as horror but it is so much more. The elderly John Andrews is relating his life story, and the first part of the book tells of his childhood, partly during the Second World War and its effect on his small family in Newcastle. In its way, that is horror enough. After the war and his father’s death from cancer, he and his mother leave to join her sister in a small Cornish village and that’s when the strangeness begins. He meets a girl and falls in love and he finds that his aunt has secrets in her past which still haunt her.

Sam Kates is an articulate and gifted writer. His prose is eloquent and beautiful and, as the story progresses, we and John begin to feel that all is not right in the small village. The horror here is subtle and mounts inexorably. We read on in awe as the past catches up with the present and we fear that John will not be able to cope. I read this book in a day – admittedly staying up past my bedtime to finish it. How could I not? I only discovered Sam Kates’ work a few days ago. It’s wonderful and he has got himself another fan here!
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