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Product Details

  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Dark Regions Press; PAP/HAR edition (May 13, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193712844X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1937128449
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 6 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #418,238 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

The Oxford Companion to English Literature describes Ramsey Campbell as “Britain’s most respected living horror writer”. He has been given more awards than any other writer in the field, including the Grand Master Award of the World Horror Convention, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Horror Writers Association and the Living Legend Award of the International Horror Guild. Among his novels are The Face That Must Die, Incarnate, Midnight Sun, The Count of Eleven, Silent Children, The Darkest Part of the Woods, The Overnight, Secret Story, The Grin of the Dark, Thieving Fear, Creatures of the Pool, The Seven Days of Cain, Ghosts Know and The Kind Folk. Forthcoming are The Last Revelation of Gla’aki and The Pretence (both novellas) and Bad Thoughts. His collections include Waking Nightmares, Alone with the Horrors, Ghosts and Grisly Things, Told by the Dead and Just Behind You, and his non-fiction is collected as Ramsey Campbell, Probably. His novels The Nameless and Pact of the Fathers have been filmed in Spain. His regular columns appear in Prism, Dead Reckonings and Video Watchdog. He is the President of the British Fantasy Society and of the Society of Fantastic Films.

Ramsey Campbell lives on Merseyside with his wife Jenny. His pleasures include classical music, good food and wine, and whatever’s in that pipe. His web site is at www.ramseycampbell.com.

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If there is a better writer of psychological horror than Ramsey Campbell, let them step forward!
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His style might not be for everyone, but I feel his work commands respect regardless.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Justin Steele on October 11, 2013
Format: Paperback
Ramsey Campbell is a giant in the field. Love or hate his work, there is no denying it. With nearly fifty years of experience under his belt, the Liverpool native has surely made his mark in weird fiction history. Starting his long career with Lovecraft Mythos stories, yet set in his own fictional section of England, Ramsey has thoroughly explored all aspects of the uncanny.

Holes For Faces is Campbell's latest collection, recently published by Dark Regions Press, and contains fourteen stories from the past decade. Every story showcases Campbell's talents for hinting at the weird, making the mundane horrifying, and conveying Campbell's signature sense of paranoia. Campbell's stories have a certain nightmarish qualities to them, and his protagonists are almost always alone with seemingly no one to turn to who would understand them.

The one common thread tying all these stories together are the themes of youth and age. Almost every story features either a child protagonist, or an older man protagonist, while some stories prominently feature both ends of the spectrum. Parallels are drawn between both ages, aging characters are sometimes treated simply, as if they havee regressed to small children.

The stories prominently featuring age as a theme often take a similar approach, in that the old men and women are usually suffering from confusion. The Address is a prime example. The main character is looking for a station, yet is entirely lost. The people he encounters offer little to no help, either sending him in a direction that leads to nothing, or speaking down to him as if he is a child or simple in the head. The man's confused search soon becomes something much darker when he comes across what appears to be a school and decides to ask someone for directions.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Alexandria Bracanovich on September 19, 2013
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Ramsey Campbell is possibly the greatest living horror writer. Yes, better than Stephen King. Campbell scares the heck out of you with not a single word wasted. This is a great book for people who want to dip their toes into his writing. It has a number of his best stories over the years. If you're already a rabid Campbell fan you probably have most of these stories in other collections, but don't let that put you off. It never hurts to reread them!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott Kehoe on July 2, 2014
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I received this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Maybe I'm missing something. Maybe I just didn't get it. Maybe it was just because I had never read anything by the author before and didn't know what to expect.... I've heard WONDERFUL things about Ramsey Campbell and I was very excited to read this, but seldom did any of the stories succeed in pulling me in and the ones that did had some really anticlimactic endings. Almost as though the author was as bored writing the stories as I was reading them and just decided to quickly pull the plug on them and move on.

Even though I wasn't impressed with this collection, I would still be interested in checking out at least one other piece of Ramsey Campbell's work before passing judgement and writing him off. Maybe this one just wasn't my cup of tea.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ian Allen 13 on April 4, 2014
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I've had mixed pleasures with Ramsey Campbell over the years. I've enjoyed several stories that I read of his in other collections and even enjoyed his "Scared Stiff" collection, but this collection did little to hold my interests or to provide much of a scare. I will say that Campbell does have a way of creating dread with his words, but this collection of stories simply - for me - just fell flat. I got through about the first six stories and felt that it was an uphill battle and while the first did provide some dark setting, the rest that I did read just did not hold my interest.

So while I do tip my hat to one of the Modern Master's of Horror Fiction, I don't think that this was one of his best collections. But I guess that's why they call this a review: opinion, not fact. Feel free to form your own.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 11, 2013
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If there is a better writer of psychological horror than Ramsey Campbell, let them step forward! This collection of short stories (mostly [but not all] reprints of fiction found in a variety of magazines) is a strong statement to the horror genre that Campbell still reigns supreme.
The fourteen stories in this collection are:
"Passing Through Peacehaven"
"Peep"
"Getting It Wrong"
"The Room Beyond"
"Holes for Faces"
"The Rounds"
"The Decorations"
"The Address"
"Recently Used"
"Chucky Comes to Liverpool"
"With the Angels"
"Behind the Doors"
"Holding the Light"
"The Long Way"
Starting off with "Passing Through Peacehaven" we immediately understand that we are in the hands of a master -- one who can expose us to horror without resorting to copious amounts of blood and gore. Campbell expertly works on the psychology of the human mind and takes us to places that we can understand but generally don't go.
Campbell creates characters that are all too real. Characters that are identifiable... often ourselves...and it's that identification that scares the crap out of us...because we too could go to those dark places Campbell's characters dwell.
If there is a theme that runs amongst these stories, it is youth and age. Our main characters in each story is either a youngster, or an aged person (is the working-class age group too busy to notice the horror around them?).
In "Peep" we experience what it must be like to be that older, slower grandfather, tasked with watching his grandchildren for the day, not being able to keep up. But one of my favorites in this collection is "Getting It Wrong." This story hits every anxiety nerve just so, surprises a little, and truly gets under the skin.
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