The Waking That Kills #2019

The Waking That Kills Stephen Gregory The Waking That Kills A dark novel of Possession The ghosts that haunt us are not always strangers Lawrence Lundy s military pilot father is missing and the boy is doing everything he can to keep his presence alive in the

  • Title: The Waking That Kills
  • Author: Stephen Gregory
  • ISBN: 9781781081525
  • Page: 441
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Waking That Kills Stephen Gregory A dark novel of Possession The ghosts that haunt us are not always strangers Lawrence Lundy s military pilot father is missing, and the boy is doing everything he can to keep his presence alive in the family home Into this strange house comes Christopher Beale, a man just returned to the country who becomes drawn in to the apparent madness of the Lawrence and his motherA dark novel of Possession The ghosts that haunt us are not always strangers Lawrence Lundy s military pilot father is missing, and the boy is doing everything he can to keep his presence alive in the family home Into this strange house comes Christopher Beale, a man just returned to the country who becomes drawn in to the apparent madness of the Lawrence and his mother.A long, hot summer s dream A suffocating nightmare Shattered by a violent awakening When his elderly father suffers a stroke, Christopher Beale returns to England He has no home, no other family Adrift, he answers an advert for a live in tutor for a teenage boy The boy is Lawrence Lundy, who possesses the spirit of his father, a military pilot missing, presumed dead Unable to accept that his father is gone, Lawrence keeps his presence alive, in the big old house, in the overgrown garden His mother, Juliet Lundy, a fey, scatty widow living on her nerves, keeps the boy at home, away from other children, away from the world And in the suffocating heat of a long summer, she too is infected by the madness of her son Christopher Beale becomes entangled in the strange household enmeshed in the oddness of the boy and his fragile mother Only by forcing the boy to release the spirit of his father can there be any escape from the haunting.
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    1. Stephen Gregory strikes gold again with this creepy, literary, psychological story That s the best description I can come up with for this horrific tale I hesitate to put a horror label on this story because it s SO MUCH MORE than that Mr Gregory s prose is sublime, as always, and often chilling I had goose flesh quite a few times while reading this story full of madness, confusion, ghosts , psychopaths , alcohol and a mother s love The synopsis goes into the plot of this story, so I will not In [...]

    2. 4.5 stars.Stephen Gregory has done it once again, creating a masterpiece of a story hinging on atmosphere and a strong psychological pull His use of metaphors in this story, certainly bears mention, as well.Lawrence Lundy, a boy who just lost his pilot father to the sea, and Christopher, a teacher coming home to watch over his confused father during his final days, find their fates are to become irrevocably entwined Both characters are unable or unwilling to let go of the past, yet each manifest [...]

    3. Easily 5 stars This tale is madness, start to finish A man s self imposed exile coincides with the disillusion of a family and its sometimes hard to read view spoiler I couldn t help but see the story of the crazy boy and his mother as a complete parallel with the death of the father the father s plane fell from the sky and was swallowed by the sea the mother and son s sanity slowly nose dives until they drown in their own madness, an ending of total destruction hide spoiler.A beautiful and haun [...]

    4. There is potentially a great short story here, but it gets padded out to novel novella length and has a couple of other problems The novel is about possession in its various forms from the supernatural kind we expect to the possessiveness of things, memories, other s lives, the dead, the past, even the future things we both yearn to possess and those things that possess us We scream early on for the protagonist, Christopher Beale, to get out of this madhouse of Chalke House but he is so possesse [...]

    5. The Waking That Kills is one of the most unique and haunting tales that I have read in ages Most people probably would not find horror and the grotesque in places that Stephen Gregory finds them His tale is a descent into an ethereal madness taking the darkest subplots of a Daphne du Maurier story and bringing them out in the open for all to see.Stephen Gregory s work is a little difficult to categorize Although there are definitely elements of horror, I think carelessly tossing him into the hor [...]

    6. Okay, so I really debated reviewing this because I read it awhile ago and the popular consensus about it is that it s horror gold but I keep thinking about it, and I just can t get it out of my head how much I absolutely hate this book I spent 90% of the time begrudgingly listening to the protagonist talking about being sweaty, and the other 10% listening to him talk about having sex with an alcoholic MILF The antagonist is the child he s tutoring, but both characters are so plain that I felt no [...]

    7. The walking that kills it very hard to label into a style of novel, there are real elements of horror in here, not a horror like the modern torturous, gore type of unnecessary and over the top horror, but in a very old fashioned classic horror, the language is absolutely exceptional, I don t really know how else to describe Gregory s ability with the English language, the scripting of this is makes this novel worth reading on it s own without taking into account the tale being told, which is ju [...]

    8. A unique and creepy read I was first introduced to Mr Gregory by his novel The Woodwitch His talent of prose and storytelling will have you spellbound The Cormorant was just as good and I was hesitant when I heard about this book He has only written these 3 books that I have known of but all of them are worth reading if you love horror and fine literature.

    9. Somehow, despite not liking any of the characters, this still gets 4 stars The process of reading this and the slow, suffocating madness it explores was so uncomfortable that it was sort of brilliant It s the weirdest book I ve read this year so far and it was nice to see Stephen Gregory flexing his Bird Obsession muscles again.

    10. Stephen Gregory s The Waking That Kills is a short and lean novel that reminded me of all of the very best gothic tales.Although contemporary in setting, this book contains all of the elements that readers of Daphne du Maurier, Sarah Waters and Diane Setterfield will love.There s a darkness and peculiarity to the novel that lingers well after reading The strangeness of the situation and the characters themselves certainly contribute to this but, , it is the almost alien like descriptions of the [...]

    11. This is my third book by this author and for some reason it didn t quite connect for me as well as the two I ve read previously I think it s partly because I couldn t quite buy into the motivations of the protagonist I found a lot of the decisions he made hard to believe and unconvincing Surely he would have sought to extricate himself from the situation well before the story s events concluded Yes, the author took great pains to show that he was the sort of character to get stuck in a rut and j [...]

    12. It says it is a novel of possession By what madness is all I see The structure isn t bad, but it lacks the suspense I expect from this type of story I was never really scared The characters arcs were unrealized, uneven and though important to the story unexplained This could add to the unreality of such a tale, but not in this case.

    13. He went for the job and stayed for the sex Creepy kid, weird mother, missing presumed dead husband father I expected it to be a little on the scary side.

    14. Beautifully written, but tragically repetitive Also, the narrator has almost no agency, which makes it harder and harder to care as he does so little to alter the course.

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