I'll start this review off with an admission...I'm not well versed in old horror movies. In fact, when I read that this novella was a fictional story about Peter Cushing, I almost set it back down, because I didn't know who the man was. I mean, I've seen him around, but I'm not familiar with his canon of work.
Anyhow, I decided to keep reading and I'm glad I did, because this was a poignant story about grief and the darkness that we all have inside, as well as the effect that darkness can have on those around us. At the same time, this story was also about hope and in that sense, I found it uplifting. I don't want to say much more because I feel that future readers should find their own discoveries between these covers.
You don't need to be an expert on old films, on Peter Cushing, or on anything else, really, to enjoy this tale. You just have to be a human being that enjoys a beautifully written story that makes you feel.
I highly recommend this novella by Stephen Volk.