Bernard Taylor


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Swindon, The United Kingdom
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Bernard Taylor was born in Swindon, Wiltshire, and now lives in London. Following active service in Egypt in the Royal Air Force, he studied Fine Arts in Swindon, then at Chelsea School of Art and Birmingham University. On graduation he worked as a teacher, painter and book illustrator before going as a teacher to the United States. While there, he took up acting and writing and continued with both after his return to England. He has published ten novels under his own name, including The Godsend (1976), which was adapted for a major film, and Sweetheart, Sweetheart (1977), which Charles L. Grant has hailed as one of the finest ghost stories ever written. He has also written novels under the pseudonym Jess Foley, as well as several works of ...more

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Sweetheart, Sweetheart

3.79 avg rating — 577 ratings — published 1977 — 11 editions
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The Godsend

3.74 avg rating — 335 ratings — published 1976 — 15 editions
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The Reaping

3.60 avg rating — 218 ratings — published 1980 — 10 editions
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There Must Be Evil: The Lif...

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The Moorstone Sickness

3.71 avg rating — 95 ratings — published 1982 — 9 editions
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Mother's Boys

3.83 avg rating — 81 ratings — published 1988 — 9 editions
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Charmed Life

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Evil Intent

3.45 avg rating — 29 ratings — published 1995 — 3 editions
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The Comeback

3.63 avg rating — 19 ratings4 editions
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This Is Midnight

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“Thoughts, pictures of him would come to me just a second after waking, shocking me from the forgetfulness of sleep, striking blows that were almost physical. And even in sleep I was not completely free. So often sleep brought dreams of him.”
Bernard Taylor, The Godsend

“I know-that things exist beyond our reasoning. They DO exist. We may not understand them but that doesn't mean they can't BE. You find people so ready to-to scoff at anything they can't figure out, can't reason, and those same people will turn straight round and tell you that they believe in God. Is HE understandable? Is that belief backed up by reasoning, scientific logic? We live with mysteries all day long, all our lives, but because they're familiar mysteries, we accept them. Well, you'd have to-or go mad. Who understands LIFE? Yet we live it. We hang on to it. We accept it just as we accept the inevitability of death. Life and death: the only two absolute certainties we're aware of, but we can't even BEGIN to explain them.”
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