Released 31 January 2012
In the Lancashire town of Kempforth, people are vanishing.
When two-year-old Roseanne Trevor disappears, the local kids blame ‘The Spindly Men’. But even as Detective Chief Inspector Renwick vows to stop at nothing until she finds her, terrifying visions summon TV psychic Allen Cowell and his sister Vera back to the town they swore they’d left forever and local historian Anna Mason pieces together a history of cruelty and exploitation almost beyond belief.
Meanwhile, in the decaying corridors and lightless rooms of a long abandoned hospital, something terrible is waiting for them all.
In a chilling tale of contemporary small-town horror, Bestwick has truly evoked the terror of films such as The Orphanage and the writing of James Herbert, Adam Nevill and M R James.
“Simon Bestwick writes with great imaginative flair and an excellent grasp of colour and narrative pace.'”
UK: 9781907992742 | 2nd February 2012
US: 9781907992759 | 31st January 2013
Simon Bestwick lives in Lancashire and is the author of a previous novel, Tide of Souls, two short story collections, A Hazy Shade of Winter and Pictures of The Dark, and a chapbook, Angels of The Silences. His short fiction has appeared most recently in the anthologies Where the Heart is, Never Again and The End of The Line. His novella, The Narrows, was shortlisted for the British Fantasy Award and reprinted in Ellen Datlow's Best Horror of the Year, while the Daily Telegraph praised Tide of Souls for 'the quality of the writing. Simon Bestwick writes with great imaginative flair and an excellent grasp of colour and narrative pace.'
For more information visit the official Simon Bestwick website.