Ancient Images - Free Download
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Author:  Pete [ Fri May 18, 2012 8:02 am ]
Post subject:  Ancient Images - Free Download

Available here:- ... 030&sr=1-1

And here:- ... 819&sr=1-1

I usually post about these freebies in the Black Static section of the site, but as it's Ramsey Campbell I reckon this one will be of more than usual interest.

I don't know how long it will be available for, so best to get in quick.

Author:  Ian H [ Fri May 18, 2012 3:31 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Ancient Images - Free Download

Thanks, Pete, it's one of my favourite Campbell novels. The scenes in the hotel and the tower are particularly creepy.

Author:  Pete [ Fri May 18, 2012 4:18 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Ancient Images - Free Download

It was my first Campbell and I have to admit that I really didn't like it very much, to the point that it was years before I would pick up another one.

And I had the same experience with my very first King book, "The Stand".

Author:  Ian H [ Tue May 29, 2012 2:10 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Ancient Images - Free Download

That's funny, because I think I've gone off his longer works recently, but still enjoy his short stories. Maybe it was a phase I was going through, reading "The Hungry Moon", "Ancient Images", "Midnight Sun" and others around the same time. King, I can take or leave, the last novel I read was "Cell", probably my allergy to books more than two inches thick kicking in.


Author:  Pete [ Tue May 29, 2012 2:49 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Ancient Images - Free Download

I bought it after reading a sample chapter in Fear magazine, and other people had sold me on Campbell as a subtle writer and strong on atmosphere. From memory there was atmosphere here but laid on with a shovel, the protagonist hearing rustling in the hedgerow, smelling burning, seeing things out of the corner of her eye in just about every third or fourth paragraph, and after 150 pages of this I'm just screaming for him to get on with it, only then the monster is revealed and a horrendous letdown.

Contrarily I've enjoyed every Campbell I've read since, and particularly "The Grin of the Dark", which was along similar lines to "Ancient Images". Go figure, as the Americans say.

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