Solaris

book

Hell Train

Released 5 January 2012

By Christopher Fowler

buy now: UK|US|eBook

At its peak in the 1960s, the legendary Hammer Films embarked upon an ill-fated new horror movie that was Dracula, Frankenstein and Dr Terror’s House Of Horrors all rolled into one…

Christopher Fowler, who created some of the most memorable taglines in movie history – including Alien’s “In space, no-one can hear you scream” – and whose company designed the iconic Trainspotting and Reservoir Dogs film posters, has crafted a terrifying tale set in the halcyon days of British horror cinema.

In his first book for Solaris, the multi-award winning author of the Bryant & May mysteries conjures up bizarre creatures, satanic rites, terrified passengers and the romance of train travel, all in a classically-styled horror novel that evokes the real-life spirits of this most British of movie studios.

When American screenwriter Shane Carter is asked to revive the classic studio’s fortunes and, inspired by an old board game, writes a script where four strangers who meet on a train journey through Eastern Europe during the First World War must solve a terrifying mystery if they are to survive.

As they race through the war-torn countryside, they must uncover the secrets of a locked casket and of the veiled Red Countess who travels with them. And what exactly is the devilish riddle of the train itself?!

“The very British spirit of Hammer Horror rises from the grave in Christopher Fowler’s rattling, roaring yarn”
-Kim Newman, author of Anno Dracula

UK: 9781907992438 | 5th January 2012
US: 9781907992445 |5th January 2012

author

Christopher Fowler

Born in London, Christopher Fowler has written for film, radio, television, graphic novels and for newspapers, including The London Times, for more than thirty years. He is a regular columnist for The Independent on Sunday. Fowler is the multi-award winnning author of more than thirty novels, including the lauded Bryant & May mysteries. In the past year he has been nominated for eight national book awards.

Follow Chris on Twitter, and for more information visit the official Christopher Fowler website

review

Nyctophobia Review Round-Up

4 years ago

Newly-married architect Callie and her wealthy husband Mateo move to Hyperion House, a grand old home in southern Spain. It's an eccentric place built in front of a cliff: serene and beautiful, but eerily symmetrical, and cunningly styled so that half the house is flooded with light, and half – locked up and neglected – is shrouded in darkness. Unemployed and feeling isolated in a foreign country, Callie determines to research the history of the curious building.

But the past is sometimes best left alone. Uncovering the folklore of the house's strange history, Callie is drawn into darkness and delusion. As a teenager Callie was afraid of the dark, and now with her adolescent nyctophobia returning she becomes convinced there's someone in the darkened rooms. Somewhere in the darkness lies the truth about Hyperion House.

But some doors should never be opened.

REVIEWS

"As with the best supernatural stories, Fowler demonstrates that the medium – as well as chilling the blood – can be a repository for some truly elegant writing." - The Independent

“Where it wins out is in its deeply uneasy atmosphere, and Fowler’s assured, witty prose.” 4/5 – SFX

“Fowler has managed to come up with some very neat twists and frissons on this archetypical theme. The novel provides lots of quiet discomfort without gratuitous splatter or nastiness, and that’s rare in today’s marketplace.” – Locus Magazine

“As the nights draw closer and everything gets colder, sometimes the thing you really need is a nicely-paced ghost story to help you go and make friends with the winter months. Nyctophobia is Christopher Fowler’s latest horror novel and it’s just the thing for dark nights. – 8/10” – Starburst Magazine

“Fowler demonstrates that the medium – as well as chilling the blood – can be a repository for some truly elegant writing.” – Crime Time

“This is a creepy, atmospheric tale that blends the psychological and the supernatural effortlessly. If you’re in the mood for a ghost story that is going to make the hairs on the back of your neck stand on end, then look no further.” The Eloquent Page

“Fowler’s prose is visual, and he is a master of creepy imagery” – Books, Brains and Beer

“If you prefer your ghost stories to move at a slower pace, but with some truly eerie moments, this is your book.” – Books & Such

“The best thriller I have read in ages.” – Universe in Words

“I liked it for the intimacy of its horror… and the way the author entwined this so neatly with social and psychological ‘ghosts’.” – Violin in a Void

“If you appreciate the literary tradition that flowered in du Maurier and Rayne, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman: well, here's a house I'd like you to visit” – Mallory Heart Reviews

“Those who are already happy to be a little scared when they read will find something to enjoy here.” – Fruitless Pursuits

“If you are in the market for a ghostly, psychological thriller that takes a few Spanish siestas here and there, Nyctophobia could well be the book for you.” – The Bookshelf Gargoyle

“Amazing. Horrific. Terrifying.” – I heart reading

“This one keeps the pages turning and the night lights burning.” – Bloggabook

“An incredibly creepy and beautifully written story” – A Bibliophiles Journey


FEATURED

“If you're looking for a haunted-house read of a different color, take a look at Nyctophobia” – Kirkus Reviews, 12 Excellent Horror Reads for the month of October

Persephone Magazine – 31 Days of Horror Halloween recommended book

Tor.com October hitlist

Daily Dead Indie spotlight recommended read

Civilian Reader

A Fantastical Librarian Anticipated Books Fall 2014

Order: UK | US DRM free eBook