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Simon Strantzas (Nomis)
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Registered: 09-2008
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Posted on Sunday, June 03, 2012 - 10:17 pm:   


‘The best debut novel I have read since The Wasp Factory. Wonderful original writing glittering with savage imagery, the pages breathe the tough, dark texture of a real world, of real inescapable fears, blurring the boundaries between nightmare and reality…’ Peter James

‘Maginn sifts the novel’s truth from its mystery like an expert archeologist, meticulously exposing deeper and darker strata that underlie even the most innocent events. Oscillating between the bleak thoughts of his emotionally tortured characters and the stark, moody Welsh landscape, he creates a thick atmosphere of dread that forces the weight of the past inexorably down on the present, yet never impedes the brisk momentum of the tale. This is the rare example of a novel of subtle horror that should appeal to lovers of the fast-paced modern horror thriller.’ Publishers Weekly

‘Sheep is a novel that conveys a real sense of dread. At times I was afraid to read on.’ Ramsey Campbell

‘What a fierce, dark, energetic imagination Simon Maginn has. The book has everything for the aficionado – terror, suspense, madness – but it also has style and vigour.’ Campbell Armstrong

‘Yet another undeservedly obscure classic! This novel, the first by a noted English writer, is widely considered (by the five or so people who’ve read it) one of the finest genre debuts of the nineties. I can understand the adulation, as it’s a stunningly written and imagined account of supernatural horror and all-too-natural anxiety. Simon Maginn has fallen silent in recent years (following VIRGINS AND MARTYS, A SICKNESS OF THE SOUL and METHODS OF CONFINEMENT), but SHEEP remains a stand-out entry in the horror field, and is well worth tracking down.

‘A simple plot description cannot convey the eccentricity, descriptive brilliance and horrific menace this novel exudes…

‘At its heart, however, SHEEP is genuinely dark and unnerving. Maginn has a gift for true-to-life description, lending the proceedings a powerful air of authenticity that makes the later passages, particularly those detailing Adele’s insanity, all the more upsetting. Maginn’s descriptive power also lifts the final pages into an altogether unique realm of poetic sadness and nail-biting terror.’

‘The novel might be the only thing I’ve ever read that actually scared me…’ Simon Strantzas
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Weber (Weber_gregston)
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Registered: 03-2008
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Posted on Monday, June 04, 2012 - 12:50 am:   

I believe i have a copy already in paperback. I'm not sure I need to go out and buy a kindle for the pleasure of owning the ebook as well...

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