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The Darkest Part of the Woods by Ramsey Campbell
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Jul 15, 2009

it was amazing
bookshelves: horror

Unquestionably Britain's finest purveyor of scares and horror, Ramsey Campbell here delivers what I think is his masterpiece. Rarely making explicit the horrors that stalk a family unlucky to live near the outskirts of a most unwelcoming wood, Campbell builds up a fine sense of creeping unease as things lurk always at the edge of vision or just out of sight. His prose is wonderful, his use of similes as ever is utterly unique, and his characters are sympathetic and well-drawn. The wood of the title becomes the heart of something to be truly feared, and its sticky branches reach past the page to leave the reader unnerved in that rare way all too few scary stories manage.
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