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Nothing But the Night

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First published in 1948, Nothing but the Night marked the auspicious beginning of John Williams' career as a novelist—a career that would go on to include the classics Stoner and the National Book Award winning Augustus.

In the person of Arthur Maxley, Williams investigates the terror and the waywardness of a man who has suffered an early traumatic experience. As a child,
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A truly bizarre, gritty-noir "rediscovered" little book worthy of a cult following. Bravo, Valancourt Books!

In order to convey the oddness and off-the-beaten-path nature of this work, it's necessary to explain why I even have it in my possession. I mean, it only has 12 ratings and 2 total reviews on Goodreads - not something I'd usually consider picking up. So, it all started with taking a chance on an Amazon recommendation of a "rediscovered classic" - The Elementals by Michael McDowell, and
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Mar 22, 2016 Greg Gbur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m happy to announce that another of John Blackburn’s classic horror novels has been reprinted by Valancourt Books, and again it features an introduction by me — Nothing but the Night!

When a bus crashes that is carrying orphans from the Van Traylen Home, one of the children, Mary Valley, is injured and taken to the hospital for observation. Psychiatrist Peter Haynes is convinced that something is wrong with the young girl, who suffers from traumatic nightmares of events that she could not possi
Mar 17, 2009 Ben rated it really liked it
Entertaining mix of thriller and horror that was later made into a Christopher Lee film in the 70's. Refreshing, straightforward style...I look forward to reading more of his work.
Oct 31, 2014 Deborah rated it really liked it
Read this when it first came out in 1968/9. very scary and unsettling. I enjoyed it so much I sought out everything he wrote, as I recall.
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John Blackburn was born in 1923 in the village of Corbridge, England, the second son of a clergyman. Blackburn attended Haileybury College near London beginning in 1937, but his education was interrupted by the onset of World War II; the shadow of the war, and that of Nazi Germany, would later play a role in many of his works. He served as a radio officer during the war in the Mercantile Marine ...more
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