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Ancient Images, by Ramsey Campbell Book Review | SFReader.com
Ancient Images, by Ramsey Campbell Genre: Horror Publisher: Samhain Publishing Published: 2011 Review Posted: 5/31/2013 Reviewer Rating:
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Ancient Images, by Ramsey Campbell
Book Review by Michael D. Griffiths
Have you read this book?
Ancient Images, by Ramsey Campbell is a horror novel set in England and a
very chilling book. I read a great deal of horror novels and I have to
say that as far as giving me a scare this book stepped up and got the
Some of you might remember that I have reviewed another of Campbell's
novels on SFReader (The Seven Days of Cain)and it received a rather poor
rating from me. However, being the kind of guy that is willing to give
an author another chance, I picked up Ancient Images and gave it a read
and I am so glad I did, because in this age of tried horror clichés and
over the top gore, this novel was a welcome change of pace.
Another thing that many readers might enjoy about this novel, especially
these days, is that Campbell makes things unnerving and ominous without
almost no visible source of evil and very little supernatural
occurrences until almost the very end. The frightening parts all almost
completely based on moods and implied horror. Again, up until the very
end of the novel, everything that happens to poor overwhelmed Sandy are
real events that could happen to anyone.
Almost at once, the novel becomes a powerful driving force that leads
the reader deeper and deeper into the mystery surrounded a supposedly
destroyed film that starred Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi. This film was
suppressed for reasons that are later discovered. However, when Sandy's
good friend discovers a copy, he is killed before it can be shown.
Sandy takes it upon herself to discover why this would have happened and
if the film does in fact still have a copy that still exists.
Soon she finds herself involved in a mystery that might have been better
left alone and as the hunt unravels, so does her life. A darkness is
following her. Nothing she can ever see or put a name too, but it is
there and she could soon be suffering the same fate as her friend,
unless she can find the film before that happens.
To be honest this book was so innovative and creative in its deliverance
of horror that I have very little to say in regards to potential
downsides. Sandy does seem to be a little naive at times and exposes
herself to potential dangers that her recent experiences should have
allowed her to think twice about doing. Still, part of that is what
makes these scenes so scary. I would have done much of the same things
myself, but I would have at least brought a few knives and a bat with
If you enjoy horror, especially subtle, moody horror, than this book
will be an excellent addition to your bookshelves. Campbell has
impressed me and left me more than willing to grab up a few more of his
books and I thank him for a job well done.
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