- Audio CD: 1 pages
- Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and Blackstone Publishing; Unabridged edition (3 September 2019)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0358324505
- ISBN-13: 978-0358324508
- Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 14.5 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 236 g
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In the Night Wood
About the Author
John Banks has worked in theater with companies including York Theater Royal, Cheltenham Everyman, Sheffield Crucible, Bristol Old Vic, Manchester Royal Exchange, and the National Theater in London. He has also worked on a number of radio drama and comedy productions with the BBC. He has recently begun voicing a wide variety of characters in numerous audio-drama series.
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I’m not particularly a horror/fantasy fan, but I loved IN THE NIGHT WOOD. This is horror (and suspense and interpersonal drama) of a highly literate variety. I won’t go into into plot details (there’re plenty in other reviews on this page), but I will say if you’re a lover of Britbox Mysteries, of spooky moors and all thing Anglo, you will love this book. If you’re a lover of precise, literate prose you will love this book. If you’re a lover, period, you will love this book. Highly recommended.
Located at the edge of a primeval woodland, Hollow House is the quintessential Gothic mansion, overlooking the ominously-named Eorl Wood. The nearby village, Yarrow, has suffered a loss of its own: a young girl has gone missing. In this atmosphere of grief and fear, both Charles and Erin begin seeing things in the wood, such as glimpses of a lost little girl and the shadow of an antler-crowned figure. Charles goes down the rabbit hole of research, making connections between the local folklore and Caedmon Hollow’s phastamorgic novel. Erin isolates further, drowning her sorrows in alcohol and pharmaceuticals.
In the Night Wood is a darkly lyrical tale, drenched in literary allusion, referencing Yeats, Pre-Raphaelite literature to older folk tales, such as the Erl King and changeling myths. The novel is filled with images of sylvan dread and imbued with the kind of Celtic Twilight aura that runs through the work of Alan Garner. The undercurrent of grief gives the story an emotional weight that grounds the dark ephemerality of the narrative. Recommended for fans of Elizabeth Hand, Sarah Waters and Alan Garner.