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Take his hand and follow him into the darkness . . . John Connolly, bestselling author of five brilliantly scary mystery novels, now turns his pen to the short story to give us a dozen chilling tales of the supernatural. In this macabre collection, echoing masters of the genre from M. R. James to Stephen King, Connolly delves into our darkest fears – lost lovers, missing children, subterranean creatures, and predatory demons.

Framing the collection are two substantial novellas: The Cancer Cowboy Rides charts the fatal progress of a modern-day grim reaper, while The Reflecting Eye is a haunted house tale with a twist and marks the return of private detective Charlie Parker, the troubled hero of Connolly’s crime novels.

Nocturnes is a masterly volume to be read with the lights on – menace has never been so seductive . . .
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

On Sale: 9th October 2010

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781848949034


Connolly writes about darkness and viciousness with an urban intelligence that makes these stories at once terrifying and delightful.
<i>Time Out</i>
John Connolly's novels combine the supernatural with straightforward, if ingenious, crime, but his short stories come straight from the bowels of Hell. Enjoy.
<i>The Times</i>
Spookier than mere pastiche, meatier than pure pulp, Nocturnes hits exactly the right note in reinventing the golden age of ghost stories.
<i>Independent on Sunday</i>
John Connolly is a bestselling novelist of left-field, complex mysteries, with a proven love of the dark side ... if you like to be unsettled then you're in for a treat, as each of the tales twists the classic ghost story in a modern macabre way.
<i>Radio Times</i>
Think Edgar Allan Poe's mysteries for the shorter stories, while Connolly's individuality shines through in longer tales.
Daily Mirror
The Beeb has commissioned a couple of flesh-crawling extravaganzas. First the bestselling John Connolly (a man who, when he puts his mind to it, can keep you awake for weeks - believe me, I know) provides a chiller a day until Friday.
<i>The Times</i>