The Grin of the Dark

The Grin of the Dark

Book - 2008
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A former professor offers film critic Simon the chance of a lifetime--to write a book on one of the greatest long-lost comedians of the silent-film era, Tubby Thackeray. Simon is determined to find out the truth behind the jolly fat man's disappearance from film--and from the world. 

Tubby's work carries the unmistakable stamp of the macabre.  People literally laughed themselves to death during his performances.  Soon, wherever Simon goes, laughter--and a clown's wide, threatening grin--follow.  Is Simon losing his mind?  Or is Tubby Thackeray waiting for him to open the door back to the world?

Ramsey Campbell has won a dozen British Fantasy and World Fantasy Awards and three Bram Stoker Awards. A new Campbell novel is an opportunity to delight in the craftsmanship of an extraordinary writer.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780765319395
076531939X
Branch Call Number: FICTION Campbell
Characteristics: 381 p. ; 22 cm

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Dsaults
Oct 18, 2010

I came away from this book with a distinct feeling that there was more to it than the surface level reading. Its consistent theme of the subconscious and of perceptual distortion definitely seems to indicate there's a much more labyrinthine story being told than meets the eye. As usual, Campbell uses commitment to a specific theme and motif (sometimes to excess) to drum a pattern of ominousness into prosaic events and scenes, working towards a slightly Lovecraftian exploration of incomprehensible, alien menace. However, fleeting glimpses and allusions through the book seem to indicate that this may all be a smokescreen, a symbol, for a vastly more mundane, personal, and powerful, form of horror. Though the long derailments into almost painfully realistic internet postings can be (perhaps intentionally) excruciating, this incredibly strange and original work is definitely worth it for something different.

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beckylunatic
Oct 11, 2010

Campbell succeeds in combining the everyday paranoia fostered by modern technology and social interactions with enough hints of the supernatural to create a novel that is all the more unsettling for being so familiar. This could be anybody's life, gone just slightly off the rails.

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Oct 18, 2010

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Oct 18, 2010

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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