The Broken Hours

The Broken Hours

Book - 2014 | First edition.
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In the spring of 1936, horror writer H.P. Lovecraft is broke, living alone in a creaky old house and deathly ill. At the edge of a nervous breakdown, he hires a personal assistant, Arthor Crandle. As the novel opens, Crandle arrives at Lovecraft's home with no knowledge of the writer or his work but is soon drawn into his distinctly unnerving world: the malevolent presence that hovers on the landing; the ever-shining light from Lovecraft's study, invisible from the street; and visions in the night of a white-clad girl in the walled garden. Add to this the arrival of a beautiful woman who may not be exactly what she seems, and Crandle is pulled deeper into the strange world of H.P. Lovecraft (a man known to Crandle only through letters, signed "Ech-Pi"), until Crandle begins to unravel the dark secret at its heart.

A brilliantly written, compelling and deeply creepy novel, The Broken Hours is an irresistible literary ghost story.

Publisher: Toronto : Harper Avenue, [2014]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781443425667
Characteristics: 304 pages ; 23 cm


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melwyk Dec 28, 2014

If you'd like a spooky read that has shades of Henry James or Edgar Allen Poe, and features the strange character of HP Lovecraft himself, you will find it in this novel.

The whole story is a puzzling, mysterious and atmospheric read. I really enjoyed reading this. It was creepy, and wonderfully period.

Dec 10, 2014

My favourite book of 2014—a beautiful, strange and heartbreaking ghost story. Read it in one sitting, and I'm still thinking about it months later. An immensely well-written book, with a quiet, shining heart.

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