From the No.1 bestselling author of The American Boy and The Ashes of London comes a collection of three gothic novellas – Broken Voices, The Leper House and The Scratch – perfect for fans of The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley.
Three dark tales to read by the fireside in the cold winter months
It’s Christmas before the Great War and two lonely school...more
In Broken Voices, set prior to the First World War, two schoolboys are required to stay at school and lodge with a teacher over the Christmas holidays. One of them is our narrator, whose parents are abroad and whose aunt has fall ...more
Broken Voices is the story of a young boy left behind in England to attend school while his parents live in India in the years prior to the First World War. It is ...more
I need to search out more Andrew Taylor- thankfully he is quite prolific- yay!
The first story, 'Broken Voices', is a pastiche of the 'classic' ghost story, set in the early twentieth century and featuring a haunted cathedral, a troubled chorister, and a 'festive season' which epitomises Mud's 'Lonely this Christmas'. It builds atmosphere well, and would probably adapt very nicel ...more
Broken Voices, the first of the three, has the feel of a classic Christmas ghost story. Set in an English cathedral city just befo ...more
A collection of three gothic stories
“The emptiness of the place enfolded us like a shroud. The air was cold and smelled faintly of earth, incense and candles.” (Quotation page 44)
The narrator remembers one special Christmas, more than forty years ago. He is fifteen years old and has to stay in school over the holidays, together with a boy named Faraday, who is two years younger. Mr. Ratcliffe, an old, long retired teacher, takes care of them and during the evenings, he entert ...more
The Gothic continues to fascinate readers and the reasons are evident in this collection of three modern Gothic tales by Andrew Taylor.
Each novella is expertly crafted, with a subversive sense of underlying anxiety and menace established ...more
I read these curled up against a warm radiator, which is as close as I could get to a fireside. Thoroughly recommend this trio.
Broken Voices was good, a perfect gothic story.
The Leper House was good, but I'm not quite sure what I was supposed to think of the sibling rivalry.
The Scratch was good. I didn't expect it to go like that. I liked it. ...more