Thirteen Days by Sunset Beach

Thirteen Days by Sunset Beach

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"An absolute master of modern horror. And a damn fine writer at that"- Guillermo del Toro It's Ray's and Sandra's first family holiday in Greece, on the island of Vasilema. The skies are cloudier than anywhere else in Greece, and they're intrigued by local eccentricities-the lack of mirrors, the outsize beach umbrellas, the saint's day celebrated with an odd nocturnal ritual. Why are there islanders who seem to follow the family wherever they go? Why do Sandra and the teenage grandchildren have strangely similar dreams? Has Sandra been granted a wish she didn't know she made? Before their holiday is over, some of the family may learn too much about the secret that keeps the island alive.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 288 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 20mm | 390g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 1787580334
  • 9781787580336
  • 2,416,310

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"Britain's most respected living horror writer" "Easily the best horror writer working in Britain today" "Britain's leading horror writer... His novels have been getting better and better" "One of Britain's most accomplished horror writers" "The John Le Carre of horror fiction" "One of the best real horror writers at work today" "The greatest living exponent of the British weird fiction tradition" "Ramsey Campbell has succeeded more brilliantly than any other writer in bringing the supernatural tale up to date without sacrificing the literary standards that early masters made an indelible part of the tradition" -- Jack Sullivan, editor of the Penguin encyclopaedia "England's contemporary king of the horror genre" "One of the few real writers in our field... In some ways Ramsey Campbell is the best of us all" -- Peter Straub "An absolute master of modern horror. And a damn fine writer at that." -- Guillermo del Toro "Ramsey Campbell has a talent for terror - he knows how to give you nightmares while you're still awake... Only a few writers can lay claim to such a level of consummate craftsmanship" -- Robert Bloch "Campbell writes the most terrifying horror tales of anyone now alive" "He is unsurpassed in the subtle manipulation of mood... You forget you're just reading a story" "One of the world's finest exponents of the classic British ghost story" "Britain's greatest living horror writer" -- Alan Moore "For sheer ability to compose disturbing, evocative prose, he is unmatched in the horror/fantasy field... He turns the traditional horror novel inside out, and makes it work brilliantly." "Campbell has solidly established himself to be the best writer working in this field today" -- Karl Edward Wagner, The Year's Best Horror Stories "When Mr Campbell pits his fallible, most human characters against enormous forces bent on incomprehensible errands the results are, as you might expect, often frightening, and, as you might not expect, often touching; even heartwarming." -- Gahan Wilson in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction "Britain's leading horror novelist" "A horror writer in the classic mould... Britain's premier contemporary exponent of the art of scaring you out of your skin" "Ramsey Campbell's work is tremendous." -- Jonathan Ross "Campbell is a rightful tenant of M. R. James country, the genuine badlands of the human psyche." -- Norman Shrapnel in the Guardian "One of the world's finest exponents of the classic British ghost story... His writing explores the potential for fear in the mundane, the barely heard footsteps, the shadow flitting past at the edge of one's sight." "The Grand Master of British horror... the greatest living writer of horror fiction." "Britain's greatest horror writer... Realistic, subtle and arcane." "In Campbell's hands words take on a life of their own, creating images that stay with you, feelings that prey on you, and people you hope never ever to meet." "Ramsey Campbell is the nearest thing we have to an heir to M. R. James." "Campbell is literate in a field which has attracted too many comic-book intellects, cool in a field where too many writers - myself included - tend toward panting melodrama... Good horror writers are quite rare, and Campbell is better than just good." -- Stephen King "Easily the finest practising British horror novelist and the one whose work can most wholeheartedly be recommended to those who dislike the genre... His misclassification as a genre writer obscures his status as the finest magic realist Britain possesses this side of J. G. Ballard" "One of the few who can scare and disturb as well as make me laugh out loud. His humour is very black but very funny, and that's a rare gift to have" -- Mark Morris in the Observer "The most sophisticated and highly regarded of British horror writers" "He writes of our deepest fears in a precise, clear prose that somehow manages to be beautiful and terrifying at the same time. He is a powerful, original writer, and you owe it to yourself to make his acquaintance" "One of the century's great literary exponents of the gothic and horrific" "There are a few writers who are special. They make the world in their books; or rather, they open a window or a door or a magic casement, and they show you the world in which they live. Ramsey Campbell, for example, writes stories that, read in quantity, will re-form your world into a grey and ominous place in which strange shapes flicker at the corner of your eyes, and a patch of smoke or a blown plastic shopping bag takes on some kind of ghastly significance." -- Neil Gaiman
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About Ramsey Campbell

Ramsey Campbell was born in Liverpool in 1946 and still lives on Merseyside. The Oxford Companion to English Literature describes him as "Britain's most respected living horror writer". He has been given more awards than any other writer in the field, including the Grand Master Award of the World Horror Convention, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Horror Writers Association, the Living Legend Award of the International Horror Guild and the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2015 he was made an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University for outstanding services to literature. Among his novels are The Face That Must Die, Incarnate, Midnight Sun, The Count of Eleven, Silent Children, The Darkest Part of the Woods, The Overnight, Secret Story, The Grin of the Dark, Thieving Fear, Creatures of the Pool, The Seven Days of Cain, Ghosts Know, The Kind Folk, Think Yourself Lucky and Thirteen Days by Sunset Beach. Needing Ghosts, The Last Revelation of Gla'aki, The Pretence and The Booking are novellas.

His collections include Waking Nightmares, Alone with the Horrors, Ghosts and Grisly Things, Told by the Dead, Just Behind You and Holes for Faces, and his non-fiction is collected as Ramsey Campbell, Probably. Limericks of the Alarming and Phantasmal are what they sound like.
His novels The Nameless and Pact of the Fathers have been filmed in Spain, where a film of The Influence is in production. He is the President of the Society of Fantastic Films.


"The Chimney", World Fantasy Award, Best Short Story, 1978

"In The Bag", British Fantasy Award, Best Short Story, 1978

The Parasite, British Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1980

"Mackintosh Willy", World Fantasy Award, Best Short Story, 1980
Incarnate, British Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1985

The Hungry Moon, British Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1988

The Influence, British Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1989 and Premios Gigamesh, 1994 (for Spanish translation, Ultratumba)
Ancient Images, Children of the Night Award for Best Novel, 1989

Midnight Sun, British Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1991

Best New Horror (co-edited with Stephen Jones), British Fantasy Award and World Fantasy Award, Best Anthology or Collection, 1991

Alone With The Horrors, Stoker Award of the Horror Writers of America, Best Collection, 1994 and World Fantasy Award, Best Collection, 1994
The Long Lost, British Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1994

Liverpool Daily Post & Echo Award for Literature, 1994

Premio alla Carriera a Ramsey Campbell (Prize for the Career of Ramsey Campbell), Fantafestival, Rome, 1995

The House On Nazareth Hill, Best Novel, International Horror Guild, 1998

Grand Master Award, World Horror Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, 1999

Lifetime Achievement Award of the Horror Writers Association, 1999

Ghosts And Grisly Things, British Fantasy Award, Best Collection, 1999

Ramsey Campbell, Probably, Best Non-Fiction, International Horror Guild, 2002 and Stoker Award of the Horror Writers of America, Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction, 2002 and British Fantasy Award, Best Collection, 2002
Told By The Dead, British Fantasy Award, Best Collection, 2003

Howie Award of the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival for Lifetime Achievement, 2006
Living Legend Award of the International Horror Guild, 2007
The Grin Of The Dark, British Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 2008

Honorary Fellowship of John Moores University, Liverpool, for outstanding services to literature, 2015

Letters To Arkham, British Fantasy Award, Best Non-Fiction, 2015

Life Achievement Award, World Fantasy Awards, 2015

The Searching Dead, Children of the Night Award for Best Novel, 2016

Premio Sheridan Le Fanu for Campbell's career, 2017 (given in Madrid)
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3 34% (54)
2 15% (24)
1 4% (7)
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