Andrew Klavan reinvents the classic ghost story with this literary X-Files, a breathtaking blend of Hollywood-style excitement and literary tour de force.
Richard Storm is a Hollywood producer who has reached the top of his profession making horror movies based on classic English ghost stories. Now, with his life beginning to unravel, he flees to England on a desperate quest: to find evidence that the great old stories bear an element of truth, that the human spirit lives on after death, that in this all-too-material world there still may be reason to have faith.
But his search uncovers more than he bargained for: Sophia Endering, a mysterious damsel in distress who may just be the last love of Storm’s life; Harper Albright, an eccentric pipe-smoking old woman whose researches into the paranormal mask an obsessive hunt for a malevolent killer; and the man known as Saint Iago, a seemingly immortal villain who makes a night with a vampire look like a walk in the park.
Richard Storm’s nightmares are about to step down off the screen into real life. And Storm is about to begin a journey through his deepest passions and his darkest fears, to a romance that could last forever, and a secret a thousand years old-down a trail formed by the classic ghost stories themselves-into the very heart of the uncanny.
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Not just a great thriller, the book is beautifully written. I love the way he wove Gothic ghost stories into the plot. No wonder the author has won so many Edgars.
Andrew KlavAn is a wonderful writer. The story veered into the supernatural, but was well thought out. The hero, Storm was very interesting. I enjoy Mr. KlavAn's way of incorporating morality into his stories, almost like Ayn Rand. It makes the plots better. He may be my new favorite author. I am already reading another of his novels. I highly recommend this book. One person found this helpful
I've read the other reviews here. If a book is called " The Uncanny" I guarantee it's of the horror genre. Why everyone expected a "True Crime-ish" novel is beyond me. Richard Storm, a horror movie producer, leaves Hollywood on a quest to London to see if any of the old ghost stories bare any truth. Is there really life after death? When Richard falls in love with Sophia Endering, an art dealer, he finds more then he was looking for. It's a rollercoaster ride through nazi art theft, ghost stories and "The Devil himself". To much said will give away the surprising twists in the story. This was a great horror novel!
Andrew Klavan has, for some years, been writing some of the best genre fiction around. His True Crime was atour de force of suspense. He followed that up with Agnes Mallory(published only in England thus far)which was a lovely book, and now he gives us The Uncanny. As usual, it's well written with terrific characters and dialogue. And the ghost stories are truly atmospheric and creepy. The book's invention never flags. If you're a fan of Klavan you'll enjoy this thoroughly. If you're not a fan, this book may convert you.