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Conference with the Dead

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Originally published in a 500 copy edition by Ash-Tree Press, Terry Lamsley's Conference with the Dead has long remained almost unobtainable.

A nominee for the World Fantasy Award, and winner of the International Horror Guild Award, this chilling collection of ghost stories set in England has remained out of print for far too long.

Skyhorse Publishing, under our Night Shade
Hardcover, 243 pages
Published August 1st 2005 by Night Shade Books (first published 1996)
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Oct 17, 2015 Ronald rated it really liked it
Introduction by Ramsey Campbell
Walking The Dog
Blade and Bone
The Break
Someone to Dump On
Running in the Family
The Toddler
The Outer Darkness
The Extension

I obtained this book from the Chicago Public Library. This is a collection of supernatural/weird fiction. Ramsey Campbell relates, in the Introduction to this book, that he first came across the fiction of Terry Lamsley as a self-published book from the author. This was a find! Campbell brought Lamsley's fiction to the attention of
May 05, 2012 Frances rated it really liked it
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Just started; I'd read a couple of these before, but long enough ago that I decided it was worth a reread. The ones that are new to me seem plain--not in a bad way, but plain in the way M.R. James is quiet.

The later stories in the book are slightly weirder; there's the same calm explanation as always, it's just relating how reality is doing a quiet little fever-dream melt and slip. They never quite end up portraying the misunderstandings of a character as reality, though--it's something I associ
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Sep 22, 2011 Riju Ganguly rated it really liked it
The author of this book is one of the leading lights among the proponents of the kind of darkness (rather oxymoronic statement, I am afraid) that is envisioned by the followers of M.R. James. The stories are of a very high quality, and they are so polished that you would feel rather disheartened if you try to detect the tell-tale signs of craftwork in these stories (for that, you may go back to his first collection: "Under The Crust"). The contents are: -

(*) Introduction by Ramsey Campbell

1) Wal
Oct 30, 2009 Jail rated it really liked it
This book was great. Really intense, nightmarish horror with a low-key subtle style of events. The stories do not beat you over the head with anything Definitely the first time in a while that anything I was reading before bed disturbed me enough so that when I woke up to take a pee, I would be terrified.
Occaionally Lamsley's writing is really clumsy, but it kind of adds to the charm of his direct writing style
Jun 30, 2013 Isidore rated it it was amazing
Very impressive collection of weird fiction by a (relatively) new writer. One hopes he does not fall into the trap of grinding out 400-page would-be-bestsellers, which has squandered the talent of so many of his peers.
Sep 29, 2015 robyn rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
a lot of these are weird stories, in the original meaning of the phrase. They're strange, unsettling and original. I'll eventually have to read this again, to decide how I feel about it; I didn't enjoy the read, exactly, but I was able to appreciate the originality.
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