By A N Donaldson
M. R. James, Britain’s maximum author of ghost tales, is summoned by way of the Warden of outdated university to enquire the inscription on an historical stone replicate. yet he unearths himself drawn right into a darkish maze of secrets and techniques, together with one from his personal in charge earlier.
At a time while confirmed orthodoxies are being challenged by means of the hot technology, Warden Woodward of outdated university has obtained an identical reflect. He quickly suspects conspiracy and witchcraft in a urban besieged by means of plague.
Assailed via devastating visions, stuck among fears of an old curse and the area Wars of the long run, males from varied centuries delve right into a forgotten secret and are pressured to confront their very own demons. yet is self-reflection the main risky factor of all? And are there a few phrases which can kill?
“What is learn can't be unread...”
Stella Rimington acknowledged: “Necromancy, witchcraft and grotesque goings on one of the dreaming spires. This traditionally dependent, good researched and wonderfully written blood chiller may have you having a look over your shoulder for anonymous horrors. watch out for the finishing, quite when you be afflicted by undesirable dreams.”
Frances Cairncross stated: “Alasdair Donaldson has written a wonderfully spooky first novel, vividly combining the horrors of plague-ridden seventeenth century Oxford with mysterious goings on within the wintry urban within the interwar years. His creepy description of the abandoned cloister and turrets of ‘Old collage’ over Christmas is certain to make sure that no undergraduate remains in the back of in Oxford over the holidays.”