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The Ragthorn Paperback – September 17, 2015
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"The Ragthorn" is close to a masterpiece of horror, despite the absence of any overt violence, or even much action at all. The narrator tracks down a series of obscure clues in ancient manuscripts, ranging from Gilgamesh to Shakespeare, to uncover an ancient method of achieving eternal life by being buried, with proper rituals, beneath a certain thorn tree. He determines to try this method himself, despite learning that many who tried it in the past failed, with dreadful consequences. Despite the lack of violent-- or even any--action, the story gradually builds an atmosphere of menace that is eventually riveting and ultimately terrifying.
The two short stories are weaker, though each has a good idea at its core, but the reason to buy this book is "The Ragthorn." And that is a very good reason indeed.