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London Revenant

London Revenant

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ISBN: 9781597800754
Published: 01/01/2005


London Revenant is a dark and magical exploration of London and the tenebrous world that lies beneath it.

A madman is pushing people in front of Tube trains. Adam Buckley has a feeling it might be someone he knows. But that is the least of his worries. His narcolepsy is worsening, sucking him into an uncertain, twilight state. He sees people at parties he has no memory of, but who seem to know him.

Deep within London’s sprawling Underground, he sees shadowy figures beckoning him into tunnels not shown on any map. His friends are drifting away, intent on chasing down insane, uncharted zones hidden within the capital, and they seem to be succumbing to a strange wasting disease. The suggestion of a half-remembered life and the encroaching shadow of violence threatens to engulf Adam and everyone he knows, unless he can unveil his true identity and that of his stalking nemesis.

Conrad Williams’ masterful novel peels back layer upon layer of the city’s skin to reveal the grinning skull that lies beneath.

“Conrad Williams’ novel of a world beneath our own positions itself somewhere on the spectrum between Iain Sinclair and China Miéville, but moves off smartly at an oblique angle to both. Williams may be in the process of developing a new genre, a kind of matter-of-fact Gothic which can draw conclusions about the contemporary heart by rifling its dustbins. Readable, rebarbative and frightening.”
– M. John Harrison, author of Light and The Course of the Heart

“This is a book which effortlessly slips sideways from horror to psychological thriller to fantasy to urban social comedy to neo-noir; Williams is utterly in love with all of these genres and part of the point of ‘London Revenant’ is to stuff as many of them together as possible. ”
– Roz Kaveney, Time Out

“Conrad Williams is a demon-spirit, weaving beautiful nests of tight prose, hatching spectacular nightmares out of love, guilt, remorse and unreliable memory. The flights of his fiction are dazzling and dangerous”
– Graham Joyce, author of The Facts of Life and The Limits of Enchantment

“Williams is without doubt one of the finest fantasists writing today.”
– Tim Lebbon, author of Face and Dusk

“A writer of extraordinary talent; stories that shine dark light into the world’s shadows.”
– Michael Marshall, author of The Straw Men and The Upright Man

“Conrad Williams is a skilled craftsman who demonstrates how vivid, unsettling, and lingering dark fiction can be. He wields mood and suggestive detail with an accomplished hand and evokes images that can turn the normal into nightmare.”
– Tom Piccirilli, author of A Choir of Ill Children and November Mourns

“Conrad Williams is one of the more inventive and gifted writers… to emerge in the past decade…. [He] resembles no one at all except himself, demonstrating an increased clarity of voice and a steady trend toward greater depth and control, all of which marks him as a writer who bears further watching.”
– Tim Pratt, Locus Magazine

“Williams writes with a poetic brutality that definitely makes him a dark voice to note.”
– Publishers Weekly