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The Overnight

The bookstore's shelves are put in order every night, but every morning, books are found lying all over the floor, many damp and damaged beyond repair. The store's computers keep acting up, and even when the machines are off, they seem to glow with a spectral gray light.Things soon go from bad to worse. A salesclerk abruptly loses his ability to read. One employee accuses another of making sexual advances. A hit-and-run in the parking lot claims a life. The security monitors display half-seen "things" crawling between the stacks.Desperate to pass a company inspection, the manager musters his staff for an overnight inventory. When the last customers reluctantly depart, leaving almost-visible trails of slime shining behind them, the doors are locked, sealing the staff inside for a final orgy of shelving. The damp, grey, silent "things "that have been lurking in the basement and hiding in the fog may move slowly, but they are inexorable. This bookstore is the doorway to a hell unlike any other.
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Ramsey Campbell is one of the world's most renowned and honored horror writers. He has won more British Fantasy and World Fantasy Awards than he has fingers, plus three Bram Stoker Awards. Campbell is the author of such classic works of horror and dark fantasy as "Obsession," "The Fact That Must Die," "The Nameless," " Incarnate," and "The Influence," and more recent novels, "The Darkest Part of the Woods" and "Nazareth Hill." His short fiction has been collected in several volumes include "Alone With the Horrors" and "Scared Stiff." Campbell lives with his wife, Jenny, in Merseyside in England.


Woody has come from America to England to manage a new branch of Texts, a book megastore. At first, only small things seem to go wrong: machinery malfunctions, books are misplaced, and the ubiquitous fog seems to seep into workday communications. When a staff member dies from a hit-and-run accident and another loses the ability to read, events take a more sinister turn, culminating in an overnight stock party to prepare the store for its visiting owners-or to bring everyone together for an evening of terror. The prolific Campbell excels in displaying the horror of the everyday. His slice-of-life characters and fast-paced plotting give a cinematic feel to this tale of modern terror. For most horror collections. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Acclaim for "The Overnight" "Rich and evocative prose serves to wrap scenes in a dense miasma of disturbing images and shadowy shapes. A high water mark of horror."--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) "Slice-of-life characters and fast-paced plotting give a cinematic feel to this tale of modern terror."--"Library Journal" "Psychologically intense, this well-crafted horror tale isn't for the faint of heart."--"Romantic Times BookClub Magazine" "Ramsey Campbell's gift is his ability to transform the profoundly mundane into the profoundly dreadful. The sketches of each character are vivid. The supernatural menace of "The Overnight" is splendidly vicious, malignant, and vague. The menace manifests itself in a deliciously sly way. "The Overnight" is a worthy addition to Campbell's mythic body of work."--Michael Marano on Acclaim for "The Darkest Part of the Woods" "A gripping horror extravaganza. A richly textured tale of modern horror, it confirms Campbell's reputation as one of the most formidable dark fantasists working today."--"Publishers Weekly" (starred review) "Campbell's masterpiece. Magically fresh and memorable."--"Kirkus Reviews" "This satisfyingly nasty mood piece has one starting at shadows and attending to odd noises in the dark."--"Booklist" "Some of the imagery here is among Campbell's most disturbing. One of the most unsettling voices in horror literature, back in fine, eerie form with "The Darkest Part of the Woods.""--"Fangoria" "Pure dark magic. Amongst the infinite variety on the menu of horror, this is haute cuisine."--"Cemetery Dance"

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