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He sought to flee his tragic past, but when Thomas Usher hears a clockwork voice on the phone, and sees ever-more disturbing visions in a derelict warehouse, Usher realises that he has to return home - for the sake of his own sanity. Meanwhile, a deadly figure from Usher's past threatens to undermine the very fabric of reality.

Gary McMahon’s short fiction has appeared in numerous acclaimed magazines and anthologies in the UK and US and has been reprinted in yearly "Best of" collections. He is the multiple-award-nominated author of the novellas Rough Cut and All Your Gods Are Dead, the collections Dirty Prayers and How to Make Monsters and Pieces of Midnight, and the novels Rain Dogs and Hungry Hearts. He has been nominated for seven different British Fantasy Awards as both author and editor.

©2011 Gary McMahon (P)2014 Audible Ltd

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-20

Great story, great reader

I really enjoyed this book lot of details. I had a huge amount of things going on in it. I really enjoyed listening to the reader also. Great job all the way around.

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  • xtasista
  • 23-01-21

If you like non gory, creative horror get this

I loved the imaginative story and dream like horror. Worth it.
It was sometimes a little bit gross (character wise) and I mean that in a good way too. Well done

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  • Matthew
  • 11-01-21

When things go bad...they REALLY go bad!

Always a fan of Jay Villiers as a performer ( although some of his pronunciations are off, but I quibble ). The combination of his authoritative read and Gary McMahon's true gothic horror writing is powerful. I wasn't quite ready for it to be quite so gruesome, but the plot and characters certainly made up for some of the gratuitous scenes.

This was a freebie from AudioBookBoom's list. Highly recommended for horror fans.

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  • LMA
  • 04-03-21

Couldn’t finish

Thought I was getting a good scary story, but for me it ended up being too perverted. I just couldn’t get passed it and stopped listening.

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  • Angela Davis
  • 22-01-21

I truly hope this writer is under lock and key

this is a perfect example of how sociopaths and psychopaths can exist on this Earth without actually killing people but still spew their awful awful brain activity out into the world I hope and pray he didn't have children

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  • Brea
  • 10-02-21

An Interesting premise, wasted

While the premise is interesting, it's squandered by a narrative that can't decide on a perspective or tense. It's needlessly confusing and forces you to spend too much time figuring out whose eyes you're looking through.

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  • Rebecca
  • 01-07-21

To clarify a few of the negative reviews...

1. That the narrator pronounces some things strangely: he has a non-American accent (English? I'm no linguist but I can recognize that words are pronounced differently around the world).
2. That the writer is deeply disturbed/a psychopath: its fiction; I have heard far more disturbing things from much more mainstream writers. If you want something PG, maybe avoid horror stories.
3. That it was hard to follow and hard to know who's point of view the story was being portrayed through: context. pay attention. its really quite easy to know which characters POV is being portrayed.
4. That there is too much detail and got boring: this has good character and plot development. Without it, the ending (which was well tied together) would have made no sense (ever taken on It or The Stand???)
This was a good story! After several years and hundreds of listens, I have never left this long of a review but I really feel the negative reviews were unfair. I personally feel this was well done. I felt connected to the protagonists (which is important to me to feel invested in the story line) and the ending tied up several loose ends in a way that was impressive and satisfying.
I hope this is a helpful review for anyone on the fence due to the negative reviews. Although it was included in my membership, I downloaded this to my expansive library and don't regret the investment of time.

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  • Kimberly L. Moore
  • 15-04-21

Nope!

I listened to this entire book and still don’t understand exactly what the heck was going on! I mean be a poem or be a book but for God’s sake stop trying to be both. The whole thing was so convoluted and odd that I couldn’t follow and soon just lost interest altogether. Wasn’t horror, HORROR-BLE maybe! If I could turn back time I’d pass on this debacle. 👎

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  • Tangela B.
  • 06-02-21

Dead Bad Things

A fascinating story that kept my interest from beginning to end. The narrator was outstanding and provided the perfect mood and tone.

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  • vurnt22
  • 04-02-21

Fabulous Tale Of Eldritch Pulp Horror

In the finest Weird Tales tradition of purple dramatic prose, Gary McMahon’s story plumbs the depths of speculative super natural depravity, an erudite fusion of Saki & Lovecraft in tone. Jay Villers’ narration brings this story of murder, sick, doomed need, & twisted paranormality into delightfully hideous life. Highly recommended.

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