Midnight Sun [trade paperback] by Ramsey Campbell
PUBLICATION DATE October 2019
COVER & INTERIOR ART Randy Broecker
Unsigned Trade Paperback — ISBN 978-1-786364-50-0
Ben Sterling has a very strange inheritance...
Though now a happy family man, and a successful writer of children’s stories, as a child Ben was tragically orphaned by a mysterious car crash. Raised by a loving aunt who refused to discuss his father’s eccentric family, he nevertheless develops a strange fascination with the lonely Yorkshire house they inherited.
On his aunt's death, Ben unexpectedly acquires this ancestral home, and the family decide to move into it...ignorant of the strange stories concerning those who stray too close to the woods at night.
Ben himself is increasingly drawn to nearby Sterling Forest—extensive pinewoods planted by his family around the ancient oak grove where his great-grandfather was found dead so many years before. Edward Sterling had been exploring the icy wastes of the far north, where shamans were said to practise ancient rituals to keep the midnight sun shining over their desolate land. Found naked and snowblind in this distant wilderness, he had been returned to his wife...but died soon afterwards in bizarre circumstances.
Now, three generations later, Ben unwittingly sets loose an awesome power, and soon the entire countryside falls into the grip of ice and blizzards. But what must be the sacrifice that can transform eternal winter back into spring?
A truly disturbing novel, Midnight Sun underlines Ramsey Campbell’s talent for creating a modern supernatural tale that maintains the best spine-tingling standards of classic horror.