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Sleep No More

3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  57 Ratings  ·  9 Reviews
Paperback, 129 pages
Published June 1st 1996 by Alan Sutton Publishing (first published 1948)
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Bill  Kerwin
Feb 02, 2016 Bill Kerwin rated it really liked it

Sleep No More is an important book in the evolution of the British Ghost Story. While it is clearly in the province of M.R. James (with a few detours into Machen territory), it travels there by way of the machines of the industrial revolution (a method of locomotion new to the genre), piloted by a man who loves and understands those machines.

Engineer and author L.T.C. Rolt--one of whose hobbies was maintaining and racing motorcars--built his reputation with books on technology (railways, canals)
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Randolph Carter
Ridiculously hard to find (and expensive) book of ghost stories by contemporary of Robert Aickman (they were both involved in the Inland Waterways) until Ash-Tree released this ebook version (their hardcover limited edition has been op for years). This Ash-Tree release has both an introduction, an afterword, illustrations, and bonus content! Excellent collection of all Rolt's supernatural writings. The stories fall somewhere between M.R. James and Robert Aickman.
David
Mar 12, 2015 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a real find; an author I hadn't previously heard of, but recommended by Goodreads. It's a refreshing blend of creepy stories mixed with industrial-age technology; as the subtitle suggests, there are plenty of references to the canals and railways of Britain.

I particularly liked the use of working class protagonists, a real change from the priviledged characters inhabiting MR James' world. Combined with the industrial backdrop, it adds an interesting, almost unique characteristic to LTC
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Brian
Jun 09, 2014 Brian rated it really liked it
M. R. James meets H. G. Wells by the canal under the railway bridge and the results are delightfully eerie. The perfect anthology to read whilst tucked up in bed during a power cut at the Crossroads Motel in the dead of winter in the 1970s.
Riju Ganguly
Feb 08, 2011 Riju Ganguly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a classic, and we, the readers remain indebted to the History Press, for coming out with this new edition of a classic. The book, as well as its author, hardly require any description, for the lover of supernatural fiction. It has ghost stories (Mr. Rolt would be cringing in his afterlife if he comes across so cheap a term being used to describe his revenants), of a Jamesian variety (i.e. written in the compact, almost-gentle, and yet very effective style used by M.R. James in his g ...more
Richard
Jan 08, 2013 Richard rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: weird-fiction
A mixed bag of weirdness from Rolt. Two of the stories are outstanding. Both are set in the region of Llanthony Priory on the Powys-Monmouthshire border. 'Cwm Garon' really is exceptional. Rolt conjures up the beauty, mystery and ultimately the horror of this isolated valley, imbuing his tale with the feel of both Machen and Lovecraft. It's a satisfying whole, unlike the majority of his tales which may have some good ideas but are poorly developed and rather 'throwaway'. This is to an extent tru ...more
Jess M
Jul 15, 2014 Jess M rated it liked it
A curious volume of strange tales and ghost stories, some of them quite good. I found the authors use of local colloquialisms to be an unwelcome and unnecessary addition. Others me feel differently. Descriptions of the Welch countryside and rail lines at night we're particularly riveting.
Joy
Apr 29, 2013 Joy rated it it was ok
I was realy looking forward to reading this. narrowboat is one of my all time favourites. And troubled waters ghost stories (written by one of the idle women) is just brilliant. I had high hopes for this & all i can realy say is this book didnt meet them.
Martin
Aug 26, 2013 Martin rated it it was amazing
Superb collection of ghost stories that can stand comparison with the likes of MR James or Arthur Machen.
Canavan
Sep 06, 2014 Canavan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Lionel Thomas Caswall Rolt (usually abbreviated to Tom Rolt or L.T.C. Rolt) was a prolific English writer and the biographer of major civil engineering figures including Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Thomas Telford. He is also regarded as one of the pioneers of the leisure cruising industry on Britain's inland waterways, and as an enthusiast for both vintage cars and heritage railways.
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