Adam Nevill had a brilliant and well-deserved win at World Fantasy Con 2013 a few weeks' ago picking up the August Derleth award for Best Horror novel for Last Days. That's after having won the same award last year for his novel, The Ritual.
Widely touted as being a voice of British horror and called by the Guardian 'Britain's answer to Stephen King' his most recent novel House of Small Shadows published just last month and has been picking up some tremendous praise from fans.
‘As a ritual exercise in entrapment, both in the past and the present, a kind of hymn to how all our histories – vast and petty – constrain us, The House of Small Shadows is often nothing short of mesmerising’ Guardian
‘In House of Small Shadows Adam Nevill explores a primal modern phobia – the fear of dolls and puppets – and spirals off into an exploration of long-forgotten English folk tradition that is eminently believable at the same time as it is horrifying. A wonderfully creepy and disturbing novel’ Independent on Sunday
‘Adam Nevill’s latest horror is a compelling read where indistinguishable childhood dreams and fantasies merge with a surreal, nightmarish present’ **** SciFi Now
‘Another solid entry from Nevill who is becoming one of Britain's top horror writers and one that classic genre fans will enjoy. It won't be long before Hollywood comes knocking to adapt his books’ SFCRowsNest
‘House of Small Shadows is the most genuinely frightening book I have read in a very long time! In fact, I can honestly admit that I couldn’t bring myself to read it alone, even though I was long past being scared by a book! The reason it stands out from other works of horror is because of the chilling atmosphere the author has created, which stays with you long after you’ve put the book down’ Fantasy Book Review
‘An unnerving body horror packed with striking imagery . . . delivers plenty of scares along the way . . . You can't fault Nevill's excruciating ability to turn the screw . . . highly likely to induce nightmares set to the sound of the pattering tap of tiny wooden feet’ SFX
‘Nevill is fast becoming a master of supernatural thrillers and House of Small Shadows, a terrifying and fantastical tale of a mansion haunted by its late owner’s psychotic genius, is guaranteed to raise goosebumps and send shivers down spines.’ Lancashire Evening Post
They watch you while you sleep . . .
The Red House: home to the damaged genius of the late M. H. Mason, master taxidermist and puppeteer, where he lived and created some of his most disturbing works. The building and its treasure trove of antiques is long forgotten, but the time has come for his creations to rise from the darkness.
Catherine Howard can’t believe her luck when she’s invited to value the contents of the house. When she first sees the
elaborate displays of posed, costumed and preserved animals and macabre puppets, she’s both thrilled and terrified. It’s an opportunity to die for.
But the Red House has secrets, secrets as dreadful and dark as those from Catherine’s own past. At night the building comes alive with noises and movements: footsteps, and the fleeting glimpses of small shadows on the stairs. And soon the barriers between reality, sanity and nightmare begin to collapse . . .
Mwahaaaaaa . . . ;-)
So if you haven't picked up an Adam Nevill book yet, you really should. And there are some very good offers on the backlist at the moment - so check them out. If you want even more encouragement to give him a go, then just look what we've done to the backlist! A brand, spanking new look for an award-winning author - and I'm LOVING the new covers. I'm hard-pressed to choose the one I like best! How about you - which is your favourite?
Some doors are better left closed . . .
In Barrington House, an upmarket block in London, there is an empty apartment. No one goes in, no one comes out. And it’s been that way for fifty years. Until the night watchman hears a disturbance after midnight and investigates. What he experiences is enough to change his life forever.
A young American woman, Apryl, arrives at Barrington House. She's been left an apartment by her mysterious Great Aunt Lillian who died in strange circumstances. Rumours claim Lillian was mad. But her diary suggests she was implicated in a horrific and inexplicable event decades ago.
Determined to learn something of this eccentric woman, Apryl begins to unravel the hidden story of Barrington House. She discovers that a transforming, evil force still inhabits the building. And the doorway to Apartment 16 is a gateway to something altogether more terrifying . . .
It was the dead thing they found hanging from a tree that changed the trip beyond recognition.
When four old University friends set off into the Scandinavian wilderness of the Arctic Circle, they aim to briefly escape the problems of their lives and reconnect. But when Luke, the only man still single and living a precarious existence, finds he has little left in common with his well-heeled friends, tensions rise.
A shortcut meant to ease their hike turns into a nightmare scenario that could cost them their lives. Lost, hungry, and surrounded by forest untouched for millennia, things couldn’t possibly get any worse.
But then they stumble across an old habitation. Ancient artefacts decorate the walls and there are bones scattered upon the floors. The residue of old rites for something that still exists in the forest. Something responsible for the bestial presence that follows their every step. And as the four friends stagger in the direction of salvation, they learn that death doesn’t come easy among these ancient trees . . .
Some secrets refuse to stay buried . . .
Indie filmmaker Kyle Freeman is a man at the end of his tether. He faces bankruptcy and obscurity, until he lands a commission to make an unusual documentary. The Temple of the Last Days was a notorious cult, which reached its bloody endgame in the Arizona desert in 1975. Ever since, the group’s rumoured mystical secrets and paranormal experiences have lain concealed behind a history of murder, sexual deviancy and imprisonment.
Kyle and his one-man crew film the cult’s original bases in London and France – finally visiting the desert crime scene where the cult self-destructed in a night of ritualistic violence. But when Kyle interviews survivors, uncanny events plague his shoots. Frightening out-of-body experiences and nocturnal visitations follow, along with the discovery of ghastly artefacts. Until Kyle realises, too late, that they’ve become entangled in the cult’s hideous legacy.
And wait - oh yes, there's more. We're re-releasing Banquet of the Damned, Adam's first novel. We're publishing in Spring next year and following it up with a new Adam Nevill novel coming in October next year. Yes, we are keeping him busy! :-)
Few believed Professor Coldwell could commune with spirits. But in Scotland's oldest university town something has passed from darkness into light. Now, the young are being haunted by night terrors and those who are visited disappear.
This is certainly not a place for outsiders, especially at night. So what chance do a rootless musician and burned out explorer have of surviving their entanglement with an ageless supernatural evil and the ruthless cult that worships it?
This chilling occult thriller is both an homage to the great age of British ghost stories and a pacy modern tale of diabolism and witchcraft.