The Wrack Line [hardcover] by Robert Edric
CATEGORY Supernatural Horror
PUBLICATION DATE September 2016
COVER ART Valerie Sims
Unsigned Jacketed Hardcover — ISBN 978-1-786360-15-1 [£15]
100 Signed Jacketed Hardcovers signed by Robert Edric — ISBN 978-1-786360-16-8 [£25]
A man arrives to spend the overheated summer in an abandoned chalet. Adrift in his own faltering life, he slowly embraces the failed and struggling world in which he unexpectedly finds himself, existing in a kind of limbo between an unfulfilled past and an uncertain future, the days and weeks merging into a season of restless abandonment as he allows himself to be drawn into the deceptively powerful currents of the place.
Clearly drawing from the stories of both M. R. James and Algernon Blackwood, The Wrack Line examines the disorder, apprehension and, ultimately, the fear which forever lies beneath the calmest and most ordinary of surfaces. It is a tale of lost conviction and squandered expectation, and one in which the briefest glance of a shape in the evaporating mist or a handful of fine, warm sand trickling through trembling fingers is equal to any other horror of the world, dreamed, imagined or real.
generation. his novel, In Zodiac Light, based on the life of the WWI composer and poet Ivor Gurney was shortlisted for the 2010 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. The London Satyr was selected as one of the 2011 ‘Fiction Uncovered’ titles.
A very well made hardback book which was a pleasure to read. The novella is a gentle experience... a bit like going on a mildly spooky holiday. I bought it because I lived in Norfolk for ten years and the scenery the book is set in was a way of re-experiencing the vast open emptiness of some of the coastline I was once lucky enough to visit frequently. The story itself is fairly thin though enjoyable. I thought the way the old man protagonist interacted verbally with the teenagegirl whose mum runs the local shop was not too realistic... I have a teenage daughter myself and would be amazed if she initiated such open and comradely conversations with any stranger... especially an old guy ... made me chuckle. The overall atmosphere of the novel is gently spooky but by far my favourite aspect is the feeling of immersion into a fantastic landscape. I would recommend this book to anyone who wants an unchallenging and atmospheric read. I derived pleasure from the experience.