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THE GRIN OF THE DARK

Campbell, Ramsey.

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ISBN 10: 076531939X / ISBN 13: 9780765319395
Published by Tor., NY:, 2007
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Title: THE GRIN OF THE DARK

Publisher: Tor., NY:

Publication Date: 2007

Edition: 1st edition

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A former professor offers film critic Simon the chance of a lifetime—to write a book on one of the greatest long-lost comedians of the silent-film era, Tubby Thackeray. Simon is determined to find out the truth behind the jolly fat man’s disappearance from film—and from the world. 

Tubby’s work carries the unmistakable stamp of the macabre.  People literally laughed themselves to death during his performances.  Soon, wherever Simon goes, laughter—and a clown’s wide, threatening grin—follow.  Is Simon losing his mind?  Or is Tubby Thackeray waiting for him to open the door back to the world?

Ramsey Campbell has won a dozen British Fantasy and World Fantasy Awards and three Bram Stoker Awards. A new Campbell novel is an opportunity to delight in the craftsmanship of an extraordinary writer.

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Tubby Thackeray’s stage routines were so deranged that members of his audience were said to have died or lost their minds. When Simon Lester is commissioned to write a book about the forgotten music hall clown and his riotous silent comedies, his research plunges him into a nightmarish realm where genius, buffoonery and madness converge. In a search that leads him from a twilight circus in a London park to a hardcore movie studio in Los Angeles, Simon Lester uncovers a terrifying secret about Tubby Thackeray and must finally confront the unspeakable thing he represents . . .

Praise for The Grin of the Dark:

"[Ramsey Campbell] has a genius for infusing horror into the everyday, piling up small moments of dread and confusion and fear until they become insurmountable" (Tim Pratt in Locus)

"Campbell's most ambitious novel to date . . .extremely disturbing" (Poppy Z Brite)

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