LONDON REVENANT by Conrad Williams. San Francisco, CA/Portlnd, OR; Night Shade Books; 2005. 1st edition hardcover. London Revenant is a dark, magical exploration London and the shadowy world that lies beneath it.
Narcoleptic Adam Buckley is sleeping through his life. He sees people at parties he doesn’t remember meeting, but who know him. Deep in London’s sprawling Underground, he sees shadows figures beckoning him into tunnels not on any map. As Adam tries to find the secret to his own memories beneath the city, he realizes he is not alone.
A madman has taken to pushing people onto the tracks, and it may be someone Adam knows. If only he can remember, before it is too late… Suggestions of half remembered life, and the encroaching threat of violence begins to engulf him, and everyone he knows.
Conrad Williams masterful novel pulls back layer after layer, revealing the grinning skull that lies beneath the face of the city.
Praise for London Revenant, and Conrad Williams:
“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 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. ”
– 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 Marshal Smith, Author of Spares, and Only Forward
“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
“Williams is a genuine, deeply macabre spellbinder”
Jacket artwork by Caniglia.
This copy SIGNED BY BOTH AUTHOR & COVER ARTIST.