Born to the Dark [hardcover] by Ramsey Campbell
PUBLICATION DATE September 2017
COVER ART Les Edwards
Unsigned Jacketed Hardcover — ISBN 978-1-786361-86-8 [£20]
100 Slipcased JHC signed by the contributors — ISBN 978-1-786361-85-1 [£40]
“There’s a place past all the stars that’s so dark you have to make your eyes light up to see,” Toby said. “There’s a creature that lives in the dark, only maybe the dark’s what he is. Or maybe the dark is his mouth that’s like a black hole or what black holes are trying to be. Maybe they’re just thoughts he has, bits of the universe he’s thinking about. And he’s so big and hungry, if you even think about him too much he’ll get hold of you with one of them and carry you off into the dark . . .”
More than thirty years have passed since the events of The Searching Dead. Now married with a young son, Dominic Sheldrake believes that he and his family are free of the occult influence of Christian Noble. Although Toby is experiencing nocturnal seizures and strange dreams, Dominic and Claudine have found a facility that deals with children suffering from his condition, which appears to be growing widespread. Are their visions simply dreams, or truths few people dare envisage? How may Christian Noble be affecting the world now, and how has his daughter grown up? Soon Dominic will have to confront the figures from his past once more and call on his old friends for aid against forces that may overwhelm them all. As he learns the truth behind Toby’s experiences, not just his family is threatened but his assumptions about the world . . .
Born to the Dark is the second volume of Ramsey Campbell’s Brichester Mythos trilogy.
I read this when it came out and eagerly awaited the next in the series. Now I have just started on the third I wanted to pop by to say how amazing these books are. If you are a fan of weird, Lovecraftian horror you will enjoy this.
I once opened a Ramsey Campbell book from PS and on the inside cover was a photo of him on a canal I regularly walked at the time because sometimes I would see a living fish, thats a rare thing in Manchester. That is how far these people can and will go to get under your skin. In a good way.