• by Phil Rickman
  • Narrated by Seán Barrett
  • 22 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For 400 years, the curfew bell has tolled nightly from the church tower of the small country town, Crybbe's only defence against the evil rising unbidden in its haunted streets. Radio reporter Fay Morrison came to Crybbe because she had no choice. Millionaire music tycoon Max Goff came because there was nothing left to conquer, except the power of the spirit. But he knew nothing of the town's legacy of dark magic - and nobody felt like telling him....


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Rickman Rocks!

Every respectable author involved in writing supernatural thrillers should have a `Haunted Village story' in their armoury and this is Phil Rickman's. The author's astute knowledge of the more macabre aspects of British folklore serves him well once again as he constructs an intricate plot labyrinth to place his characters.

The basic storyline involves the small town of Crybbe, built on a nexus of converging Ley lines whose ancient protections are at long last failing just as Max Goff, an eccentric record company zillionaire launches his plans to turn the town into a New Age Mecca. As the village is besieged with well meaning alternative healers and their paraphernalia of holistic magic - dark forces come into play in the guise of Black Michael as well as a plethora of dead souls wandering around and causing havoc to the local census records. It sounds like a super hero is required to restore order. Step forward - J.M Powys (Ley Line Man) - one of my all time favourite Rickman characters - who in time honoured fashion battles supreme evil and gets the girl (along with a three legged dog).

For those few mealy-mouthed critics who point out that Curfew lacks on originality could I in turn point out that there hasn't been an original horror story written since The Bible. Let's face it, any book that has demons, Satan, Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, dead men walking, plus numerous outbreaks of plagues and pestilence just has to be a horror story. The only difference here is that the `Book of Rickman' actually makes you feel fulfilled and happy as a little sunbeam at the end. So Amen to all that.

If I owned a cap I would certainly doff it to Phil Rickman for this book.
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- A. Watson "allan watson"

An Enthralling Listen

I really enjoyed this book. I was a bit hesitant about the subject matter but I need not have been. It is a story that centres on the impact of the supernatural/spirit world on a down at heel and rather grim rural town. Anyone who has ever lived in a similar community will recognise and appreciate the wonderfully descriptive way that Phil Rickman has drawn it. They will also recognise his depiction of so many of the "local" characters who are again, very well drawn. The book manages to play out the supernatural story yet weaves it around the lives of the main characters and the town.

The book is narrated by the brilliant Sean Barrett. He is one of my favourite narrators and in Curfew, surpasses himself with his excellent portrayal of a range of characters.

The supernatural element gives food for thought but Rickman’s analysis of a community that has not embraced the 21st Century will keep me thinking about how people react emotionally and intellectually in such a situation. Curfew and its characters will stay with me for some time and I can’t think of a better thing to be able to say about a book.

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- Rosemary

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-02-2013
  • Publisher: Isis Publishing Ltd