THIEVING FEAR by Ramsey Campbell, intro by Kim Newman, art by Vincent Chong. Hornsea, East Yorkshire, UK; PS Publishing; 2008. 1st edition hardcover, deluxe slipcased edition..
Synopsis / Contents:
A brand new novel by British horror maestro Ramsey Campbell.
As the papers arrived beside her Charlotte saw they were bordered in black. She was about to take them when the person whose bones were digging into her left side did, and she noticed that his hand was covered more with soil than flesh.
The lift was so crowded that she couldn't retreat even an inch. She could only watch as he transferred the papers to his other shrivelled hand so as to grasp her face and twist it towards him. When her eyes strained to look away he released her and gestured at the doors, scattering earth like black dandruff on the shoulders of the woman in front of him.
The lift shuddered to a halt and the doors staggered apart. Then earth piled in, flinging everyone helplessly together on its way to filling her eyes and nose and mouth. Her companion seemed quite at home in it, because his fingers wriggled wormlike through it to fasten on her hand and pull her deeper into the suffocating dark...
Charlotte Nolan and her cousins may not have ended up in the jobs they hoped to have when they were teenagers, but they've made their way in life. Charlotte works for a London publisher, Ellen cares for the elderly, Hugh has left teaching to work in a supermarket while his brother Rory is a controversial artist.
Then more than their jobs begin to go wrong as something reaches out of the past for them.
What has it to do with the summer night they spent on Thursaston Common? If the dreams they had that night are catching up with them, how is the Victorian occultist Arthur Pendemon involved? Before the nightmare ends more than one of them will have to enter what remains of Pendemon's house and confront what still lives there in the dark.
Issued in a SIGNED/LIMITED slipcased hardcover edition of 200 copies SIGNED BY BOTH THE AUTHOR & INTRODUCER. Fine in fine dj & slipcase.