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The Grin of the Dark

The Grin of the Dark

Ramsey Campbell

Tor Books




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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I've hardly lifted my finger from the bellpush when the intercom emits its boxy cough and says "Hello?"
"Hi, Mark."
"It's Simon," Natalie's seven-year-old calls and adds even more eagerly "Did you...


Praise for The Grin of the Dark

“Campbell draws the reader into the story slowly, accumulating a wealth of detail and family dynamics. One of the most unsettling voices in horror literature, back in fine, eerie form with The Darkest Part of the Woods.” —Fangoria

“Rich and evocative . . . a high water mark of horror.” —Publishers Weekly (starred review) on The Overnight

“Not for the faint of heart.” —Romantic Times BOOKreviews on The Overnight

“For more than forty years, Ramsey Campbell has been one of the premier horror writers of the English-speaking world.” —The Washington Post Book World on The Overnight

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About the author

Ramsey Campbell

Ramsey Campbell lives in the Liverpool area in England. He is the author of The Overnight, The Darkest Part of the Woods, and the classic Obsession, among other novels. His short fiction has been collected in several anthologies, including Alone With the Horrors.

Ramsey Campbell

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