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Vardøger (Gray Matter Novellas #5)

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Welcome to Shewstone House Hotel. One of those quiet places. An oasis of calm to escape the stresses and anxieties of modern living. Where a non-paying guest waits for his next victim . . . BAFTA-winning writer Stephen Volk outraged the critics with his first screenplay, Ken Russell's GOTHIC, and shocked an unsuspecting nation with his notorious BBC TV Halloween hoax GHOST ...more
Paperback, Chapterbook, 98 pages
Published August 1st 2009 by Gray Friar Press (first published 2009)
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Andrew
Jan 01, 2010 rated it it was ok
**SPOILERS**

This is an assured novella which initially appears to deal with a Vardoger - a Norwegian doppelganger-type 'demon'. However, in the final pages another revelation presents itself - one which is much less interesting and whilst Volk manages to tie it back nicely into the main 'plot' ultimately feels a little like a cheat. I'm going to mention this revelation in the review, so if you don't want to know it, stop reading now.

Sean and Alison are on a weekend break, possibly to repair crac
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Mark
Nov 11, 2009 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
A Vardøger is a spirit predecessor, from Norwegian folklore - I had to look it up. Sean and Alison Merritt are looking forward to getting away from it all, at the exclusive Shewstone House Hotel but things quickly go wrong - the booking was already taken and paid for the previous week, several members of stuaff remember Sean from that prior visit and it appears he assaulted one of the waitresses. Then Sean watches as his wife walks away with someone who looks remarkably like him. Briskly told, w ...more
John McNee
Feb 03, 2013 rated it it was ok
This was a disappointment.

I'm a big fan of a lot of Stephen Volk's other stuff, but this? No. I won't say a lot about it other than to say it feels a bit work-a-day in the early going, picks up in the middle, then, just when it looks like it stands a chance of getting really good, the rug gets pulled out and you realise everything you've read has pretty much been a waste of your time.

On the plus side, it's short so I don't feel TOO cheated, and certain brief sections were memorably creepy. But i
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