December

December MOBI Ð Paperback
  • Paperback
  • 678 pages
  • December
  • Phil Rickman
  • English
  • 26 December 2019
  • 0425153770

About the Author: Phil Rickman

aka Will Kingdom, Thom MadleyPhil Rickman, born in Lancashire, has won awards for his TV and radio journalism After five acclaimed novels, he introduced the fascinating Merrily Watkins series with The Wine of Angels He is married and lives on the Welsh Border.


December[PDF / Epub] ✍ December ☁ Phil Rickman – Johndore.co.uk In the twelfth century ruins of the Abbey, it is said every stone was cemented in blood On December , , that blood will run againIn the ruins of a haunted medieval abbey, four musicians hope to tap in In the twelfth century ruins of the Abbey, it is said every stone was cemented in blood On December that blood will run againIn the ruins of a haunted medieval abbey, four musicians hope to tap into the site s dark history The experience almost destroys them Years later, the original group is forced to return to the abbey, to confront the old evil they discoveredThirteen years ago on a cold December night, a rock band called The Philosophers Stone gathered in the ancient ruins of an abbey to record their new albumThe evening ended in bloodshed and death Now, the tapes from that fateful recording session have been released as The Black Album, and the scattered members of the band know it s time for a reunion Time to return to that dark December night for one final performance.

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10 thoughts on “December

  1. Susan says:

    I discovered Phil Rickman, relatively recently, and thought the month of December would be the perfect time to listen to this stand alone book particularly as it is read by Sean Barrett, one of my favourite Audible narrators he reads the excellent Jackson Lamb Slough House series, among other titles This begins on a December evening in 1980, when cult band, The Philosopher s Stone, gather at a recording studio, based in the ruins of an Abbey to record an album All of the member of the band I discovered Phil Rickman, relatively recently, and thought the month of December would be the perfect time to listen to this stand alone book particularly as it is read by Sean Barrett, one of my favourite Audible narrators he reads the excellent Jackson Lamb Slough House series, among other titles This begins on a December evening in 1980, when cult band, The Philosopher s Stone, gather at a recording studio, based in the ruins of an Abbey to record an album All of the member of the band have paranormal or special qualities The evening ends in horror and death, with one member of the band, Dave Riley, having a horrific vision of the murder of John Lennon, while another musician, Tom Storey, is involved in a car accident, in which his pregnant wife is killed The story then moves on to 1994, where all of those involved that evening, have separated believing the tapes made that night have been destroyed It is soon apparent that some of those involved have moved on better than others Drummer, Lee Gibson, has found fame, while Dave Riley yearns for singer, Moira Cairns, and is followed by the spirit of Lennon, Tom Storey has retreated to a reclusive life in the country with daughter, Vanessa, and new wife, Shelley, and Simon St John has joined the Church and finds himself under the shadow the Abbey once again However, the nightmare of that night is about to re visit them The tapes still exist and their re emergence causes horror, and destruction, to be unleashed Gradually, all of those involved with the Abbey are pulled back into its orbit and the band are convinced to try to re record the album again, under similar conditions Will the results be as devastating as they were, the first time around This is a long, winding story, with lots of different characters, but Rickman is deft at keeping all of the various strands interesting while Sean Barrett does a wonderful job at keeping all the characters separate and instantly identifiable He also does an excellent John Lennon impression and, as a Beatles fan, I was pleased that Lennon s character, and the events around his murder, was handled sensitively Rickman is a great writer, combining horror with humour Simon St John, on viewing Tom Storey again, thinks his, face looked like crumpled chip paper, for example The author cleverly combines scepticism about mysticism, with the real horror of dabbling in things not fully understood One character, who delights in believing she has a ghost in the house, is struck almost dumb when she witnesses horrific images, after a dinner party with Tom Storey yet, as an almost psychic groupie, is fascinated by the power of the events This is a novel in which there is real danger, real death, and fear, and in which most of the characters who are psychic or whichever term you wish to use would definitely prefer not to have these powers These powers ruin relationships, lives and sleep This is a dark, creepy listen interspersed with snatches of music in the Audible version which gives a real flavour to the story Overall, a great listen and I look forward to reading listening toPhil Rickman titles in 2019

  2. Holly says:

    5 stars All Time Favorite Book List On December 8 1980 a young band named The Philosopher s Stone gather inside the ruins of a 12th century Abbey, to record their debut album But after one night, and a horrifying turn of events, the band members agree to never let the music they recorded there see the light of dayand to never see each other again 13 years later, the story of that recording session has become the stuff of legend And then those supposedly destroyed Abbey tapesknown as t 5 stars All Time Favorite Book List On December 8 1980 a young band named The Philosopher s Stone gather inside the ruins of a 12th century Abbey, to record their debut album But after one night, and a horrifying turn of events, the band members agree to never let the music they recorded there see the light of dayand to never see each other again 13 years later, the story of that recording session has become the stuff of legend And then those supposedly destroyed Abbey tapesknown as the Black Albumare discovered Slowly, the scattered members of The Philosopher s Stone decide that they need to reunite for oneperformance Deciding to return to the Abbey and finish the album But, the same sense of horror and dread that found them in 1980, is waiting for them.This was the first book I ever read by Phil Rickman, and still in my opinion by far his best The sense of dread and prickly fear that he creates in this book, is incredible Having been a long time fan of horror novels, I can honestly say that I have never been so thoroughly unsettled and creeped out, as I was while reading this book I still can t understand why Phil Rickman is notwell known here in the states He s definitely one of the best horror thriller writers out there Period His great but muchmainstream Merrily Watkins mystery series is also worth checking out, but if you enjoy a good, old fashioned scary story, you can t go wrong with this one

  3. Lori says:

    I m a huge fan of Rickman s Merrily Watkins series This is a standalone creation and really rates 3.5 stars from me The novel lost half a star for me as it did not wrap up as satisfactorily as I would have liked The first 3 4 of this book was fabulous Although lengthy, it sets such a creepy and compelling stage that you don t want to put it down Focusing on a group of musicians with special psychic powers, Rickman effectively draws you in with a fabulous sense of time and place and in depth I m a huge fan of Rickman s Merrily Watkins series This is a standalone creation and really rates 3.5 stars from me The novel lost half a star for me as it did not wrap up as satisfactorily as I would have liked The first 3 4 of this book was fabulous Although lengthy, it sets such a creepy and compelling stage that you don t want to put it down Focusing on a group of musicians with special psychic powers, Rickman effectively draws you in with a fabulous sense of time and place and in depth development of the key characters Set in Wales in the early nineties, the story deliciously unfolds as to what happened to these artists at a Godforsaken twelfth century abbey during a recording session in December 1980 Slowly and creepily the tale evolves as does the glimpses into these damaged characters and what got them to the pitiful state they are in Described as a horror by other readers, I guess it is, however it spsychological than bloody although for sure, some scenes are disturbing and unsettling These scenes work effectively to cement the plot and are not gratuitous in the least The confusing and chaotic last quarter of the book dropped it down half a star for me as I said There was just too much going on all at once making the threads of each subplot difficult to pick up If you re a fan of psychological horror with a twist of history and pure evil and can manage some violent turns of events then I highly recommend this read

  4. Mark says:

    Rickman s books, especially the early ones, are somewhat hard to find here I have to order used copies throughMarketplace and I don t know why They re addictive In this, I think his third novel, a promising rock band called The Philosopher s Stone tries to record an ambitious album in a ruined medieval abbey in Wales but tragedy and terror interrupt, the band breaks up, and 14 years later the record company rediscovers the tapes and tracks down the original band members to complete t Rickman s books, especially the early ones, are somewhat hard to find here I have to order used copies throughMarketplace and I don t know why They re addictive In this, I think his third novel, a promising rock band called The Philosopher s Stone tries to record an ambitious album in a ruined medieval abbey in Wales but tragedy and terror interrupt, the band breaks up, and 14 years later the record company rediscovers the tapes and tracks down the original band members to complete the project in the same haunted abbey they had fled on Dec 8th, 1980 That night is, of course, also infamous for the shooting of John Lennon, an event that obsesses one of the band members Much of the horror is just that the power of obsession, dreams and hallucinations heightened by the characters fixations and their innate hyper sensitivity For the rapacious, of course music execs originally assembled these four musicians because of their psychic powers, out of the hypothesis that their art would be farintense than that of normal prosaic musicians, would absorb or channel the ancient studio s mystic atmosphere But the abbey s stones are saturated with a history muchcomplex and violent than anyone would expect from an ordinary if holy monastic site, beginning with the legend of its founder, a monk converted from a life of crime after a divine vision.OK, that s the premise But the driving theme is especially in metal and prog rock music s own obsession with the occult, myth and legend, the morbid, macabre, and gothic often campy or corny even if not intentional think of the lampoon This Is Spinal Tap , sometimes quite resonant, and occasionally provocative While on the surface Rickman s novel is a horror thriller, an excuse to titillate the reader with new twists on the usual conventions haunted ruins, conflicted priests, sinister and magical landscapes, pursued damsels, etc plus an opportunity, in Rickman s case, to ridicule naive New Age assumptions about the ancient past and the supernatural or spiritual, the favored term , it is also a vehicle for posing serious questions about art and ritual, the creative process and the psychological effects of both making and consuming music Sure, it s only rock n roll, but if they, and we, like it, and strongly believe it say, all that Cannibal Corpse, My Dying Bride, Megadeth stuff, with its apparent sincerity then where does all that believing go Is it restricted to contemporary metal bands, or has there always been such art, and audiences And how was is it separated from reality These are blurry thresholds one thinks of alchemy the philosopher s stone , necromancy, Aleister Crowley s little drugs and devil worship club, the Satanic day care hysteria, and so on, and wonders just where the lines can be drawn.Anyway, I like Rickman can you tell because he can provoke philosophical responses while having a hell of a lot of fun with both traditional gothic and modern horror tropes

  5. Bettie says:

    From the author note The Holy Mountain, Ysgyryd Fawr the Skirrid noses out of the lushly mysterious area where Gwent blends with Hertfordshire beyond the friendly market town of Abergavenny, scene of the notorious massacre of December 1175.Scene setting December 1980 as Lennon is shot, a band is set to record an album at the Abbey Studios, North Gwent, between midnight and dawn PAGE COUNT IS 648 thankswales north gwent skirridwelsh gothicpage 30 I started playing Julia , the L From the author note The Holy Mountain, Ysgyryd Fawr the Skirrid noses out of the lushly mysterious area where Gwent blends with Hertfordshire beyond the friendly market town of Abergavenny, scene of the notorious massacre of December 1175.Scene setting December 1980 as Lennon is shot, a band is set to record an album at the Abbey Studios, North Gwent, between midnight and dawn PAGE COUNT IS 648 thankswales north gwent skirridwelsh gothicpage 30 I started playing Julia , the Lennon song off the White Album, the one introducing Yoko to his dead mother 306Married to a good, steady breeder My six older bruvvers was already grown up, one had a kid Here he was a bleeding grandad And you were the seventh son, Meryl said huskily it s true then It s really true http youtu.be 1EngRmYu_vsPage 334 A very rural area Other Abbeys were marked Tintern, Llanthony, Abbey Dore Two hills outside Abergavveny, the Sugar Loaf and The Skirrid.Great Welsh Gothic tale here, however overly long at a spit short of 700 pages Rickman likes to channel in hah dead classic rock musicians it was Nick Drake in the Merrily Watkins series favourite The Wine of Angels4 Midwinter of the Spirit3 A Crown of Lights4 The Bones of Avalon4 December AB A Week in December4 December3 Winter Solstice 2 A Country Christmas3 A Killer s Christmas in Wales

  6. Damaskcat says:

    Four musicians met fourteen years ago to record an album in a studio converted from a former abbey The session ended in tragedy and some very spooky happenings which have adversely affected all four ever since Now they have been asked to complete the recording Various people who were connected with the production of the music have met untimely ends and Prof Levin, sound engineer and alcoholic has been asked to listen to the tapes of the previous session and to produce the new recording The Four musicians met fourteen years ago to record an album in a studio converted from a former abbey The session ended in tragedy and some very spooky happenings which have adversely affected all four ever since Now they have been asked to complete the recording Various people who were connected with the production of the music have met untimely ends and Prof Levin, sound engineer and alcoholic has been asked to listen to the tapes of the previous session and to produce the new recording The tapes have a profound effect on him which he cannot explain.Readers of other Phil Rickman novels will recognise some of the characters Simon St John, Moira Cairns, Prof Levin and Tom Storey As ever the characters are well drawn and the supernatural element is spine chilling I think this has to be one of his scariest novels and I am still remembering incidents from it some time after I have finished reading it.I don t pretend to understand all the music references but it didn t spoil my enjoyment of the story I liked the Downs syndrome child Vanessa and I thought she was very well done I also liked the way the non psychic characters were interwoven with those who have strange experiences so that there are people constantly trying to work out what was going on while only understanding half the happenings I liked the way John Lennon s ghost keeps cropping up and he becomes a character in his own right at times.This is a very well written and truly scary novel and I would recommend it to anyone who wants something a bit different in the mystery line There are crimes involved as well as supernatural happenings

  7. Christia says:

    This is an oldy but goody, one of the first Rickman novels It had been so long since I d read it, I had forgotten most of the ending A great story concerning a psychic rock band, the Philosopher s Stone, commissioned to record an album in an abbey turned recording studio in Wales The dark power of the Abbey paired with the unusual abilities of each of the individual band members creates a dangerous and deadly cocktail, resulting in an unfinished album and 4 very badly damaged musicians The This is an oldy but goody, one of the first Rickman novels It had been so long since I d read it, I had forgotten most of the ending A great story concerning a psychic rock band, the Philosopher s Stone, commissioned to record an album in an abbey turned recording studio in Wales The dark power of the Abbey paired with the unusual abilities of each of the individual band members creates a dangerous and deadly cocktail, resulting in an unfinished album and 4 very badly damaged musicians The only solution is of course to try again, years later with the same people in the same setting I think my favorite thing about this book is that it introduces characters primarily the band members such as Moira Cairns and Simon St John who make cameo appearances in later Rickman books Also, as usual, the author does a great job of incorporating local folklore into the story As always, I am incredibly impressed by Rickman s creative plots and their resolution A great psychological thriller and fun, old fashioned spooky read, complete with a subtle message not to mess about with certain powers beyond your control

  8. Patrice Hoffman says:

    This is the second novel I have read by this author Luckily it was just as good The beginning started out a little slow for me I just had to find out what was going on and happening in the Abbey s tower house to the psychic band from the early 80s This book was a complex and enjoyable read I recommend to all fans of the horror genre.

  9. Patrick says:

    A good book with some really solid characters I appreciated how Rickman was able to write accents believably He also was great at making me feel the realness of the locales The story had some spook to it.I ve got a few gripes This was a slow starter, with tons of exposition Unfortunately, this made the story really drag for me I felt that 100 pages could have been discarded without any negative effect I was also annoyed with the main characters They were so neurotic, whiny and pathetic t A good book with some really solid characters I appreciated how Rickman was able to write accents believably He also was great at making me feel the realness of the locales The story had some spook to it.I ve got a few gripes This was a slow starter, with tons of exposition Unfortunately, this made the story really drag for me I felt that 100 pages could have been discarded without any negative effect I was also annoyed with the main characters They were so neurotic, whiny and pathetic that I was wishing there was a higher body count The story picks up in the final third of the novel and the characters are easier to deal with when they have something to do However, the finale is so compressed that it is difficult to understand what happened The author relies on the characters to explain things in the epilogue.Overall it was good and I m willing to tryof Rickman s books

  10. Helen says:

    I can t say I really enjoyed this book but its possible this was down to my copy being a HUGE, heavy beast of a volume I therefore couldn t take it on the train, fit it in my handback, hold it for very long etc etc I know, this all seems irrelevant but is it which meant I spent 4 weeks reading only a few pages at night It also had enormous print and put me completely out of my normal reading kilter I wanted to enjoy it and it was recommended by someone who s opinion I regard but I was plea I can t say I really enjoyed this book but its possible this was down to my copy being a HUGE, heavy beast of a volume I therefore couldn t take it on the train, fit it in my handback, hold it for very long etc etc I know, this all seems irrelevant but is it which meant I spent 4 weeks reading only a few pages at night It also had enormous print and put me completely out of my normal reading kilter I wanted to enjoy it and it was recommended by someone who s opinion I regard but I was pleased when the book crashed to the ground for the last time Had it been a normal mass paperback I would have probably read it much quicker and stayed with the story you ve seen the blurb a band, The Philosopher s Stone, meet up again in a spooky, deserted abbey near Abergavenny, South Wales, after 14 years to try to finally put the events of that fateful night in December to rest with pretty horrifying results