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The Pretence

4.3  ·  Rating Details ·  10 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Paul Slater has been offshore to reassure his mother about the prediction that the media made so much of, but now he’s home with his wife and children. Why should any of them worry when it’s already the day after the prediction was meant to come true? Surely their life is the way it always was, and they just need to keep it normal—there’s the school concert, and computers ...more
Hardcover, 78 pages
Published October 2013 by PS Publishing
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Gary Fry
Apr 17, 2014 Gary Fry rated it it was amazing
Back in the 1960s, the American sociologist Erving Goffman published a number of books that demonstrated just how constructed everyday life is, how common encounters with other people and the social world around us involves strategic monitoring of behaviour, tacit knowledge of cultural rules, and appropriate presentations of selfhood.

Of course Goffman was only “quantifying” / theorising what sensitive people throughout history have always believed – that human existence is an invention enacted
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Dec 24, 2014 Adam Nevill rated it really liked it
Really effective sustaining of an enigma, from start to finish, in an understated apocalypse novella, with all the trademark Campbell paranoia and disorientation expertly rendered. M Night Shyamalan should begin work on a film adaptation.
Jan 23, 2014 Moudry rated it it was amazing
I sit in total awe at the genius of Ramsey Campbell.
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Feb 26, 2015 Zachary at The Eyes of Madness rated it really liked it
I really dig the cover art by Pete Von Sholly, it has an uneasy religious pamphlet feel to it, you know the kind. The pamphlets that appear in the crevice of your front door, or maybe delivered by a church member in a nice, conservative suit/ dress who already knows your name although you've never met. Trying to win you over by making you worried about your future. Works of art that make you feel uncomfortable are always winners.

As with anything written by Ramsey Campbell, this is a challenging
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John Ramsey Campbell is a British writer considered by a number of critics to be one of the great masters of horror fiction. T. E. D. Klein has written that "Campbell reigns supreme in the field today," while S. T. Joshi has said that "future generations will regard him as the leading horror writer of our generation, every bit the equal of Lovecraft or Blackwood."
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