The Stones of Muncaster Cathedral (1991) by Robert Westall

Reblogged from Valancourt Books:

New Release


Christmas is the best time of year to read old-fashioned M.R. James-style ghost stories, and Robert Westall, whose excellent collection Antique Dust we published earlier this year, is perhaps the best modern writer in the Jamesian tradition. This new release, THE STONES OF MUNCASTER CATHEDRAL (1991) features two ghostly novellas (one published for the first time in the U.S.), and includes cover art from M.S. Corley and an introduction by Orrin Grey.



Book Description


“I dreamt I was standing in the dark, looking up at the south-west tower . . . And our Kev was up there on top, in the dark, and screaming as if some wild beast was eating him.”

When steeplejack Joe Clarke is hired to repair the stonework at Muncaster Cathedral, he is unprepared for the horror he will encounter. Something unspeakably evil in the medieval tower is seeking victims among the young neighborhood boys ... and Joe’s son may be next! An unsettling story with a horrifying conclusion, this eerie tale will chill young and old readers alike.


‘So vivid and deft in its mental touches and physical details that it had me sweating with vertigo as well as superstitious terror … No punches are pulled.’ – Daily Telegraph

‘Chilly, concise and utterly spooky … among the late British author’s best works … The tower’s secret is indeed a whopper, fittingly capping the unrelenting suspense that precedes its revelation.’ – Publishers Weekly

‘A taut thriller, with a horrifically dramatic denouement.’ – Kirkus Reviews

‘This is a chilling tale spun by a master storyteller … The suspense is gradually unleashed as more and more details are discovered and the ending is both explosive and gratifying … will leave you with a chill down your spine.’ –

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