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The Long Lost

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During a weekend in the country, David and Joelle Owain explore an abandoned village - and discover that its last living inhabitant is distantly related to David. Lacking other family, the young couple embrace Gwendolen, and soon the independent old woman has set up housekeeping near their home. Gwendolen keeps a watchful - perhaps too watchful - eye on the Owains. Joelle ...more
Hardcover, 375 pages
Published April 1st 1996 by Tor Books (first published 1993)
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I have to say that I'm glad I finished this book. Now I can get rid of it and not think about it anymore. I've read some of Campbell's work before, and I liked what I read before better. I spent the first fourth of the book bored. Then I spent the rest of the book feeling horribly depressed. The characters feel more like roles than people. Not alive at all. The book was overstuffed with details, but most didn't seem relevant. There seemed very little to the story for the most part of other than ...more
I stumbled on this after some glowing mentions (or at least one) in "The Book of Lists - Horror".

It's a bit slow-going but I would say give it a go. It's quite different to other horror books that I have read. You know that the little old lady has something to do with all the surrounding events but you don't really know what she is or how she's managed to do it (other than the dodgy cake).

There is one chapter that is just brilliant towards the end. You know it's coming, but it's still very distu
Otis Campbell
Sunday's satisfaction, Monday's home and dry
Truth is on the doorstep, welcome in the lie
All dressed up in sorrow, got no place to go
Amanda Lyons
I've read many times that Ramsey Campbell is one of the greater horror novelists out there if that is true then this was his dud. I absolutely hated this book for many reasons. Several characters acted in ways that were incredibly stupid, one suicide scene in the book was ridiculously drawn out, and the ending did nothing to make up for all of these errors. I hated this book so much in fact that I shredded my copy to pieces out of frustration. If I try this author again I shall have to choose on ...more
Darren Phasey
Bit of a strange one this.
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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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