Midnight Sun MOBI Ú Hardcover

Midnight Sun MOBI Ú Hardcover

Midnight Sun [PDF / Epub] ☄ Midnight Sun By Ramsey Campbell – Centrumpowypadkowe.co.uk Ben Sterling brings his wife and children to his childhood village, where in a great forest, an old house holds the promise of all their dreams But among the pines something seems to be gathering, gli Ben Sterling brings his wife and children to his childhood village, where in a great forest, an old house holds the promise of all their dreams But among the pines something seems to be gathering, glittering in the icy air.


10 thoughts on “Midnight Sun

  1. Simon Simon says:

    I came to this book expecting another hell raising ride of chaotic imagery that I experienced with his short story collection Demons by Daylight but this was farconventionally written Still in evidence though was Campbell s subtle approach to horror Before the opening chapter was a quote from David AylwardWriters of supernatural fiction , who used to strive for awe and achieve fear, now strive for fear and achieve only disgust This shows Campbells appreciation of such classic write I came to this book expecting another hell raising ride of chaotic imagery that I experienced with his short story collection Demons by Daylight but this was farconventionally written Still in evidence though was Campbell s subtle approach to horror Before the opening chapter was a quote from David AylwardWriters of supernatural fiction , who used to strive for awe and achieve fear, now strive for fear and achieve only disgust This shows Campbells appreciation of such classic writers as Blackwood, Machen and Lovecraft and his preference for their approach to horror over that employed by many modern writers naming no names He is setting out his intention to write a modern horror in the classic tradition and I have to say that he does so successfully.Indeed, I do not know if I have ever read such a slow and graduated build up of unease and fear towards it s dramatic conclusion I was put in mind, in many ways, of Algernon Blackwood s The Wendigo but that is only a novlette In this 309 page novel it is an even longer build up There is a danger that it might feel drawn out and for some it will probably feel that way, but personally my interest was sustained throughout and the eventual tension towards the end almost agonising to endure An effect one could not possibly achieve with adirect approach.Reading this has only increased my respect for Ramsey Campbell and I look forward to readingof his work


  2. Cody | CodysBookshelf Cody | CodysBookshelf says:

    I was wrong After reading Ramsey Campbell s debut novel The Doll Who Ate His Mother way back in 2016 or 2017, and hating it, I was convinced Campbell wasn t an author for me Doll was too cold, too under developed, and leanedtoward crime than horror I wanted something which would scare me, as I d heard Campbell is a horror master, and unfortunately his debut didn t deliver Here we are some years later, and I m trying to attune myself to some of my blindspots in the horror genre As much I was wrong After reading Ramsey Campbell s debut novel The Doll Who Ate His Mother way back in 2016 or 2017, and hating it, I was convinced Campbell wasn t an author for me Doll was too cold, too under developed, and leanedtoward crime than horror I wanted something which would scare me, as I d heard Campbell is a horror master, and unfortunately his debut didn t deliver Here we are some years later, and I m trying to attune myself to some of my blindspots in the horror genre As much as I love and respect the genre, there are many writers Charles L Grant, Bernard Taylor, Graham Masterton, Thomas Tessier, Bari Wood, HP Lovecraft I ve never experienced at all, and many others I ve sampled but haven t given enough attention to yet Campbell was one of those after reading his debut I suspected I might would come back I owned several of his titles in paperback, after all and who couldn t love those evocative covers I went with Midnight Sun because it had been sitting on my Kindle since 2015 or so, and the synopsis called to me a man moves his wife and young children into the home of his childhood, where something bad happened and will probably happen again Spooooky It s a good thing I loved these characters because Campbell takes his sweet time developing the story, but it made the payoff that muchrewarding The story is by no means boring I was hooked from the beginning, when Ben escapes his aunt s house to visit his parents graves and is actually quite beautifully written Several passages describing the Moors took my breath away It s clear Campbell is a master of the English language What this book reminded most of is The Shining, though the two are fundamentally different, and written by two extraordinarily different authors What Campbell is trying to do is not what King tried to do with his tale of the Overlook, but there s a sense of building dread, and intensifying instability not to mention the snowy, isolated setting that makes me think these novels mirror each other, if only the tiniest bit It s for this reason I d recommend this book to those interested in Campbell hell, it worked for me I m totally a fan Much could be written of this book, and I could never give it the analysis it deserves, but I will say it gave me that special thrill one gets when in the hands of a horror writer who knows what they re doing It s one that s latched on, and maybe gotten under my skin, because I can t stop thinking of it


  3. Peter Peter says:

    This book really gets you in the mood for winter After an extremely slow start the atmosphere turns extremely eerie Ben Sterling returns to Stargraves with his wife and children and falls under the spell of some mysterious cold He s an author wife his wife illustrating his books Edward Sterling, an ancestor of his went out into the forest behind their family home and froze to death Is history repeating itself on Ben Is he able to overcome his destiny What is the legendary Midnight Sun abo This book really gets you in the mood for winter After an extremely slow start the atmosphere turns extremely eerie Ben Sterling returns to Stargraves with his wife and children and falls under the spell of some mysterious cold He s an author wife his wife illustrating his books Edward Sterling, an ancestor of his went out into the forest behind their family home and froze to death Is history repeating itself on Ben Is he able to overcome his destiny What is the legendary Midnight Sun about This is your trip from reality into winter madness I promise you ll never have a look at snow the same way as before A masterly written book with some sinister scenes that raise your hair at the neck Great horror story that lives on atmosphere not gore


  4. Rebecca McNutt Rebecca McNutt says:

    Midnight Sun s writing was choppy, the characters were rather boring, but the plot was creative and original and the dazzling and at times chilling imagery was well worth reading for I doubt I d read it again but I m glad I read it at least once.


  5. K.T. Katzmann K.T. Katzmann says:

    I ll be honest It took me three tries over many years to get through this one.I kept stalling in the middle of Campbell s tale of a writer returning to his family s house and unearthing something terrible I wondered Why I mean, it has everything I normally like Hints of the terrible deeds of an ancestor A powerful alien force A secluded little town A family experiencing the horror together.I think the problem is that this book feels padded as hell There are certain beats that seem to b I ll be honest It took me three tries over many years to get through this one.I kept stalling in the middle of Campbell s tale of a writer returning to his family s house and unearthing something terrible I wondered Why I mean, it has everything I normally like Hints of the terrible deeds of an ancestor A powerful alien force A secluded little town A family experiencing the horror together.I think the problem is that this book feels padded as hell There are certain beats that seem to be repeated The Oh, shit, the THING has killed a random townsfolk as our hero becomes unhinged moment happens twice Maybe three times One of our protagonists gets the insane insight and starts dropping hints way too early on If the action had started soon, it would ve been okay, but it s like telegraphing the murderer in the first ten minutes of Murder, She Wrote I eventually thought, Oh great, they re acting creepy again, we ve got some insane thoughts, ho hum This would be a great novella, but as it is, it feels like a good Twilight Zone 24 minute episode stretched to a boredom inducing two hours.Here s the best way to sum up my feelings I m tempted to recycle this book instead of giving it to the library because I LIKE RAMSEY CAMPBELL and I don t want this to be someone s first introduction to him.Two stars solely for the cool background hints that you never quite learn the truth of


  6. Ken Saunders Ken Saunders says:

    Doomsday cults have that whole implicit death wish thing and so are not great for raising kids, what with raising kids being aor less future oriented endeavor So you d think finding out the father of your children was raised in a doomsday cult one that collapsed in his family s fiery murder suicide, BTW just as he moves you back to the old compound, would probably be pretty scary Especially when surprise you too might now be in a doomsday cult based on some hints the guy keeps dr Doomsday cults have that whole implicit death wish thing and so are not great for raising kids, what with raising kids being aor less future oriented endeavor So you d think finding out the father of your children was raised in a doomsday cult one that collapsed in his family s fiery murder suicide, BTW just as he moves you back to the old compound, would probably be pretty scary Especially when surprise you too might now be in a doomsday cult based on some hints the guy keeps dropping Too bad that never happened in this book, as our heroine never really learns her story s most frightening aspects Sadly, it s just one of many missed opportunities Like this book made freezing to death seem sort of pretty and peaceful, when, in my experience, exposure to that dangerous kind of cold literally burns and is quite frightening And in a related abandoned tangent ice penis I hate to complain at all about this otherwise very enjoyable and interesting book full of consistently inventive and impressive writing There are some really fantastic moments, both scary and reflective Here s one of many takes on the spooky side of snow The whiteness streamed out of the forest like the seeds of an unimaginable growth the sky seemed to sink towards her, an endlessly prolonged fall She felt as though everything, herself included, were slowing down Mr Campbell serves up this weird Christmas themed mythic horror story with humor and a style that rewards slow reading and re reading Paragraphs that seem at first to be strings of non sequiturs slowly grow clear and reveal a witty engagement I wish every writer delivered so consistently If only it were packaged with a conclusion that tied upof the book s many promising loose ends


  7. Nick Nick says:

    This is another milestone for me having quite a few of these with all the new authors and series I am reading.This time it is my first Ramsey Campbell book A well known classic author from the 70 s onwards whose style is that of Lovecraft and King With nine of his books on my shelves I picked this at random Good choice The book is a slow burning horror tale There is no gore or outright violence It builds the story with increasing dread and weirdness as hints are dropped into what exactly This is another milestone for me having quite a few of these with all the new authors and series I am reading.This time it is my first Ramsey Campbell book A well known classic author from the 70 s onwards whose style is that of Lovecraft and King With nine of his books on my shelves I picked this at random Good choice The book is a slow burning horror tale There is no gore or outright violence It builds the story with increasing dread and weirdness as hints are dropped into what exactly is happening It has a chilling and creepy atmosphere.The story starts with 8 year old recently orphaned Ben Sterling returning to his home town to visit the graveyard where his family have been buried What exactly happened to his family Ben slowly begins to find out his family history and the forest behind his home.The story then jumps to the modern day where Ben is now a husband with two children He inherits the family home from his aunt and after a visit they decide to move in As the story progresses it is clear there is some evil in the cold icy forest.However, parts of the story focus on Ben s career as a writer of children s books and his wife s career as an illustrator This does not affect the main story in anyway and slows the book down It distracts from the atmosphere of dread.A great slow burn horror story I look forward to readingof Mr Campbell s books


  8. Anthony Vacca Anthony Vacca says:

    As patient as death by hypothermia, Midnight Sun is a rich display of atmospheric dread that tackles the meaty topics of existential purpose and the nature of creativity Readers with a weak stomach for description should stuff their faces elsewhere however, a game palate will be rewarded with a slow burning phantasmagoria of supernatural awe.


  9. John Adams John Adams says:

    Midnight Sun by Ramsey CampbellI love Ramsey Campbell s writing and being December born I m always up for a novel about the cold grip of winter upon our souls.In Midnight Sun a love of the cold, and an overwhelming tendency to be drawn towards it, have been with Ben Sterling his whole life It s an odd sort of inheritance for a young lad His grandfather had travelled north to the polar regions to research First Nation legends of a ritual designed to keep the freezing cold at bay by keeping the Midnight Sun by Ramsey CampbellI love Ramsey Campbell s writing and being December born I m always up for a novel about the cold grip of winter upon our souls.In Midnight Sun a love of the cold, and an overwhelming tendency to be drawn towards it, have been with Ben Sterling his whole life It s an odd sort of inheritance for a young lad His grandfather had travelled north to the polar regions to research First Nation legends of a ritual designed to keep the freezing cold at bay by keeping the Midnight Sun in the sky all winter.Edward Sterling s last book is called Of The Midnight Sun He is found half dead of cold in the arctic wastes and is brought home to Stargrave in northern England to die As an adult, Ben returns to Stargrave House with his family It isn t long before the cold is reaching out to him, drawing him in and luring him away from his wife and children The pattern was around him on the grass, a many armed star of frost as wide as the glade The outlines of the slender arms were awesomely intricate and yet symmetrical in every detail He turned dizzily, feeling in danger of losing his balance, and saw that the star wasn t quite symmetrical it lacked the three arms which would have pointed to the oaks he had failed to approach The star showed where he had walked, as if a vast cold presence had paced behind him The odd effect that Stargrave is having on Ben begins to take its toll on the family too, distancing Ben from his wife Ellen and their two children, Johnny and Margaret He stayed where he was and watched her lead the children down the path, into a twilight which appeared to grow darker in some exact but obscure relationship with the shrinking of the three of them When Ellen sent him a look of mingled appeal and reproach, he trudged after them The dark and the cold gradually encircle the village and make their way up to Sterling House itself The night flocked to meet her It was snowing so heavily that the lights of the town appeared doused Flakes almost as large as the palm of her hand sailed out of the whiteness and shattered on the window She had never seen snowflakes so crystalline in the instant before each of them broke and slithered down the glass, they looked like florid translucent stars Ramsey Campbell deftly produces a satisfyingly positive ending despite the increasingly dark clouds circling around the central character.Enjoy


  10. Graham P Graham P says:

    A wondrous and wooden novel that reads slowly and never really gathers the cosmic awe that the narrative seems to suggest This is slow burn horror, a domestic Lovecraftian drama What makes this book is that there is no tangible evil to be seen just the cold, the frost, the snowstorm that comes from the cosmos and encases a town in ice All of it is classic Campbell Sadly the doom doesn t live up to its potential.


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