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The Grin Of The Dark, written by Ramsey Campbell is a first-rate horror thriller novel that's oozing with an unequalled writing of quality. The book follows the main character of Simon Lester, who is persuaded to investigate and write about Tubby Thackeray, a silent movie star and comic, whose career suddenly ended. While uncovering the facts and being giving the chance to view some of long forgotten movies, strange and increasingly worrying things start to happen.
The book is exciting and gripping keeping you interested from the first to the last page. I don't think I've ever read a book so fast in my life, I just wanted to keep reading on and on. Clowns have always been a good subject for horror (just take Stephen King's IT) however I've never seen the subject done so well and done in such a believable way. The language and descriptive detail employed by Ramsey is fantastic and very effective in creating a sense of dread and impending doom, and unlike most books of this genre, it doesn't rely on a-scare-a-page gore tactics to keep it interesting. I've never actually read anything written before by Ramsey Campbell, but if this is the standard of his writing then I guess I'll be looking up his back-catalogue.
There no such thing as a perfect book and The Grin is no exception. There are a few plot holes that get left unanswered and the ending (while great) didn't seem quite right. Also the first person narrative may also put some people off. But seriously these few minor faults don't detract from an otherwise gem of a novel.
This is the kind of book you can read more than once and still enjoy and I strongly suggest you give it a read.
You can buy this book in both paperback and hardback formats from Amazon.co.uk for the price of £5.99 and £15.00 respectively.
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