• by Phil Rickman
  • Narrated by Seán Barrett
  • 20 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In the ruins of a haunted medieval abbey, four musicians hope to tap into the site's dark history. The experience almost destroys them. Years later, the original group is forced to return to the abbey, to confront the old evil they discovered...


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Interwoven with the Abbey Recording.

First read this back in the 1990s, re-read it over the years, pestered Isis to bring out audio version. Brilliant then and brilliant now. Foxtara's review is correct there's lots I don't remember reading. But never missed anything listening to Sean Barratt's superb narration. Loved the way the Abbey music is interwoven throughout. The stories of Prof, Moria and Simon continue into the Merrily Series. Hopefully Isis will also publish Man in the Moss, Crybbe, Chalice and Candlelight where other Merrily characters first take to the stage.
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- Annie

Brilliantly Haunting Novel

Reading 'December' was a wonderful, if scary, experience. It grabs your attention from the beginning to end. But as much as you enjoy it to the very end, beware!, because there is more to come. On re-reading the novel, you will find bits you missed, no matter how closely you paid attention the first time. Because, there is a lot of depth to Rickman's books, never lay them too far aside once finished because they will fascinate you time and again. Following the members of the band 'Philosopher's Stone through their eerie encounters, which are fraught with danger,- in an old Abbey which is mostly in ruins, will have you looking over your shoulders.

I am at times a jaded horror reader, but 'December' spooked me, this is because the story is credible, the characters well rounded and realistic, the writing is superb. It is sad to reach the last page when you want it to carry on with further amazing gutwrenching experiences. But happily not only can you reread the book, but you can also listen to the tracks the band laid down in their recording sessions, once lost, now brilliantly restored, on the accompanying CD Album, or download it from Amazon or iTunes, Philosophers Stone, 'Abbey Tapes: The Exorcism'. I give the album five stars too, and highly recommend it along with the book.
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- Amazon Customer "foxtara"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-12-2012
  • Publisher: Isis Publishing Ltd