Curfew

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    download books from your favorite authors on Apple books doesn t know is that the standing stones of Crybbe were destroyed in the sixteenth century for a very good reason Some of the endearing customs of the town such as tolling the church bell for Curfew each night are actually deadly serious rituals The people of Crybbe know that evil has been kept at bay here by the old ways, and that there s nothing quaint about them And the power about to be unleashed by Max Goff is nothing like the soothing music and herbal remedies he associates with the New Age This is the power of the old age, pent up for centuries and about to be released with deadly fury."/>
  • Paperback
  • 625 pages
  • Curfew
  • Phil Rickman
  • English
  • 06 October 2017
  • 0425143341

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.


Curfew✪ [PDF] ✐ Curfew By Phil Rickman ✷ – Johndore.co.uk On the border between England and Wales lies the tiny town of Crybbe, not picturesque enough for the tourist trade, quietly sliding into decay Max Goff means to change all that Goff has made millions On the border between England and Wales lies the tiny town of Crybbe, not picturesque enough for the tourist trade, quietly sliding into decay Max Goff means to change all that Goff has made millions in the record business, but his heart is in New Age philosophy He has learned that Crybbe was once a spiritual center of sorts, surrounded by ancient standing stones that were emblems of power He means to replace the stones that have fallen or been destroyed, as many of them were and establish a thriving New Age community that will draw tourists and students from all over the world What Max Goff doesn t know is that the standing stones of Crybbe were destroyed in the sixteenth century for a very good reason Some of the endearing customs of the town such as tolling the church bell for Curfew each night are actually deadly serious rituals The people of Crybbe know that evil has been kept at bay here by the old ways, and that there s nothing quaint about them And the power about to be unleashed by Max Goff is nothing like the soothing music and herbal remedies he associates with the New Age This is the power of the old age, pent up for centuries and about to be released with deadly fury.

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10 thoughts on “Curfew

  1. Jonathan Janz says:

    Not much time to write a review, but here are a few thoughts 1 Rickman is an old school craftsman who really takes care with his word choice and his sentence structure He s also an impressive plotter who was able to tie together a staggering number of characters and subplots into a whole that wasn t simply coherent, but was consistently engaging as well 2 There are moments of genuine terror in this book It takes a great deal to scare me, but this novel accomplished that feat several times Not much time to write a review, but here are a few thoughts 1 Rickman is an old school craftsman who really takes care with his word choice and his sentence structure He s also an impressive plotter who was able to tie together a staggering number of characters and subplots into a whole that wasn t simply coherent, but was consistently engaging as well 2 There are moments of genuine terror in this book It takes a great deal to scare me, but this novel accomplished that feat several times 3 It s long, and if you re like me, it ll take you awhile to read But for me, that only enhanced the enjoyment Sometimes you simply want to become lost in another world and another place for a goodly while If you can get used to Rickman s style which worked beautifully for me but probably isn t suited for everyone s taste you ll find this a very rewarding book Highly recommended

  2. Bandit says:

    I really wanted to like the book Its size has put me off of reading it for years, but once I got to it I really wanted to like it Normally I really enjoy british horror But this one just didn t really work for me This is a tough book to review, it really is It didn t have any obvious faults, it had a decent and failry original plot, the writing was pretty solid and the atmosphere was appropriately dark It was justso long So very very mind numbingly long that it left the reader nearly i I really wanted to like the book Its size has put me off of reading it for years, but once I got to it I really wanted to like it Normally I really enjoy british horror But this one just didn t really work for me This is a tough book to review, it really is It didn t have any obvious faults, it had a decent and failry original plot, the writing was pretty solid and the atmosphere was appropriately dark It was justso long So very very mind numbingly long that it left the reader nearly indifferent to what was going on or appreciative of the plot turns I ve looked and this seems to be the case with all of Rickman s fiction, it is written as if the man gets paid by the word or at least he s never met a word he didn t like I ve read large books before that were very enjoyable, most recently the terrific NOS4A2, but seems to me that a story epic in size should possess, wellepicness, should offerthan just a tiny english hamlet on the border haunted by ancient evil and besieged by new agers plot Epic stories to me should have great awe inspiring wildly imaginative plots, charismatic unique and interesting charactersjustthat epic quality that Curfew didn t have Curfew was just a long long book that was laborious to read It could have been much better had it been condensed into a novel half its size or at the very least two thirds Lot of potential here but a soporific execution

  3. John says:

    Too long Don t get me wrong, I usually like long books, but good characters make that time go by, and I just didn t like these characters Well I liked one character, but that one got killed early Also, there s a lot about Ley Lines, which I find interesting, but I don t know if the author did research or just made up a bunch of shit In any case, the story was interesting It just took too long too unfold shrug

  4. Mark says:

    Phil Rickman s first novel takes on the clash of romanticized olde Englande, New Age hocus pocus, the Village Green versus the terminally conservative countryside A billionaire record company owner chooses the forgotten border town of Crybbe as a center of New Age earth magic, obviously a future tourist mecca, recruiting and bankrolling an assortment of believers, pagans, and cranks The plan is to restore the ancient standing stones destroyed by the locals, which were supposedly erected along Phil Rickman s first novel takes on the clash of romanticized olde Englande, New Age hocus pocus, the Village Green versus the terminally conservative countryside A billionaire record company owner chooses the forgotten border town of Crybbe as a center of New Age earth magic, obviously a future tourist mecca, recruiting and bankrolling an assortment of believers, pagans, and cranks The plan is to restore the ancient standing stones destroyed by the locals, which were supposedly erected along a ley line remember the hokey ending of The Da Vinci Code and the rose line in the streets of Paris invisible lines crisscrossing Britain that many New Agers imagine connect ancient sites of power megaliths, etc But who knows, they just might have a muchnegative, perhaps even terrifying purpose Besides removing the stones, the villagers have built a wall around the strange burial mound known as the Tump and religiously ring a curfew bell every night, one hundred times Rickman interweaves the stories of numerous characters and builds the tension in fits and starts to an inevitable climax Compelling blend of literate horror, psychological drama, social comedy, and pop culture.Rickman might google as a horror writer, but his books turn up in the mystery section of the bookstore Horror or gothic mystery without detectives though in hisrecent series, a sort of detective figure exists in the female Anglican priest exorcist Merrily Watkins The first of these is Wine of Angels very tasty All of his novels take place in the Welsh border country, and incorporate elements, both seriously considered and parodic, of the occult, pagan, new age, and supernatural I wouldn t even include this on my GoodReads page if I weren t ready to defend this guy as a smart and literate writer of witty and provocative thrillers

  5. Damaskcat says:

    If you want to read a book which will give you nightmares or at the very least keep you awake then try this one It is a very long book over seven hundred pages and the complex storyline will keep you reading and raise the hair on the back of your neck The main element of the story is the small border town of Crybbe situated between England and Wales The inhabitants seem very dour and keep themselves to themselves but things are about to take a turn for the worse.Max Goff multi million If you want to read a book which will give you nightmares or at the very least keep you awake then try this one It is a very long book over seven hundred pages and the complex storyline will keep you reading and raise the hair on the back of your neck The main element of the story is the small border town of Crybbe situated between England and Wales The inhabitants seem very dour and keep themselves to themselves but things are about to take a turn for the worse.Max Goff multi millionaire has bought the almost derelict Crybbe Court and wants to turn the town into a New Age paradise with lots of alternative therapists and healers He has been buying up property and inviting people he wants to be part of his project to live in the houses The people concerned include J M Powys who once published a book about ley lines and Jean Wendle a barrister turned healer Fay Morrison, radio reporter, has moved in with her father who has dementia but she is totally perplexed over the whole atmosphere of the town Why doesn t anyone have a dog Why is the curfew bell tolled for one hundred strokes without fail every night There is a great dealgoing on in this story and many people are not going to come out of the climax alive I found it compelling reading and I was turning the pages faster and faster as I neared the end Supernatural, spooky, evil people both past and present, alternative therapies, ley lines, spectral black dogs and a very knowledgeable modern one not to speak of a hill which seems to have a very strange effect on people This is a potent mix for anyone who likes their reading material a little scary.The book is well written and interesting and I thought the characters were well drawn and the descriptions brought the atmosphere of the place to life There is an undercurrent of menace running throughout the book which gradually builds to the horrific conclusion Yes there is violence and some gory descriptions but the author doesn t dwell on the gore and injuries are usually described in one sentence leaving the reader to embellish it in their own imagination Gomer Parry, the plant hire guy, who features in the Merrily Watkins series by the same author makes an earlier appearance in this book

  6. Joann says:

    A slow burn but eventually it became a page turner, or rather compulsive listening to the audiobook Some excellent insights here, and also writing good enough to give frissons of horror.

  7. Pam Baddeley says:

    I found this book a mixture of good and not so good, perhaps because it is the author s first novel, as I have since learned In a nutshell, it is set in a small town in the borders between England and Wales a place where the population are exceptionally dour and inward looking Though as the story progresses it transpires that there is a good reason for this.I won t summarise the plot which is long and rambling the book is over 600 pages long and could probably have benefitted from being edit I found this book a mixture of good and not so good, perhaps because it is the author s first novel, as I have since learned In a nutshell, it is set in a small town in the borders between England and Wales a place where the population are exceptionally dour and inward looking Though as the story progresses it transpires that there is a good reason for this.I won t summarise the plot which is long and rambling the book is over 600 pages long and could probably have benefitted from being edited down somewhat In one sentence it is about the clash of cultures when a rich man attempts to remake the community as a thriving New Age centre, reviving what he imagines are neolithic features of the landscape, and oblivious to evil forces which are manipulating events.Of the characters, I didn t warm to the two main protagonists, either male not introduced until over 100 pages in or female, although I did like some of the minor ones such as Alex, the female protagonist s father, the dog Arnold, the suprisingly sprightly old lady who at first no one will take seriously when she speaks of darkness emerging from the large burial mound on the outskirts of the town, the retired colonel who isthan a stereotype, and Gomer Parry, the man from outside Crybbe who runs a plant and machinery business There was another character who would have been a favourite and whose legacy extends through the book, but sadly he is killed off early on.The writing is of a good standard and there is a good build up of suspense in places and some nastily tactile descriptions of the various supernatural manifestations However it does take forever to get going , the denoument is very long also with various characters caught in limbo in the town square, and there are just too many minor characters for example, it was difficult to tell the nasty boss of a local radio station and what did happen to him and the TV producer apart Some characters weren t really in the story for anything, I felt, other than to meet a gruesome end and in at least one case view spoiler the art gallery owner hide spoiler it seemed completely gratuitous So given these reservations, I would award this a 3 star rating

  8. Linda says:

    Crybbe is an ancient village, not quite English and not quite Welsh, in which night seems to fall extra early And each evening, after dark, one of the men of the Preece family must ring the curfew bell at the church, exactly 100 times The villagers are the introverted, heads down type, and when a millionaire record producer barges in with plans to renovate the mysterious and decrepit old manor house and make a New Age center of Crybbe, they are not well pleased Author Rickman, best known in A Crybbe is an ancient village, not quite English and not quite Welsh, in which night seems to fall extra early And each evening, after dark, one of the men of the Preece family must ring the curfew bell at the church, exactly 100 times The villagers are the introverted, heads down type, and when a millionaire record producer barges in with plans to renovate the mysterious and decrepit old manor house and make a New Age center of Crybbe, they are not well pleased Author Rickman, best known in America for his Merrily Watkins series, has populated this place with a constellation of compelling characters, few of whom understand fully what lies beneath its surface As the story plays out, ever so slowly and menacing, two of them, a thirty ish woman journalist and the writer of the bestselling The Old Golden Land , take center stage Among the list of players are several genuine ghosts, a film producer, an elderly minister struggling with senility, two teens steeped in evil, and a black presence that is responsible for the eerily malevolent mood that pervades Crybbe But no dogs, not a one Looming over the village is The Tump, an ancient fairy fortress that in modern times was completely enclosed with a high stone wall.Phil Rickman is a very talented writer If you re looking for a novel that bursts with mystery, atmosphere, and very often, genuine creepiness, you won t be disappointed with Curfew 5 stars, and if I could rate it higher, I would

  9. Siobhan says:

    I brought this book expecting masses of horror throughout the book, only to be let down somewhat The book takes a while to get into the real spooks and those moments are rather short lived The book itself focusesupon working out about the unnatural nature of the town instead of letting us see what the real horror is.That being said, I did enjoy parts the book When there were those moments involving the supernatural aspects they were rather enjoyable Moreover, whenever the book was focu I brought this book expecting masses of horror throughout the book, only to be let down somewhat The book takes a while to get into the real spooks and those moments are rather short lived The book itself focusesupon working out about the unnatural nature of the town instead of letting us see what the real horror is.That being said, I did enjoy parts the book When there were those moments involving the supernatural aspects they were rather enjoyable Moreover, whenever the book was focusing on the other aspects of the storyline the relationships between people in particular they were always enjoyable to read Plus you can tell a lot of research went into understanding the reason behind the supernatural Another great thing is that I quickly found myself attached to some of the characters and quite often I found myself shocked by the changing tides which occurred around some of them.As a whole it is a gripping read so long as you re not expecting the kind of horror where you sleep with your light on for the next month

  10. Holly says:

    Phil Rickman is an author who continues to write the kind of horror novels I like best This novel managed to keep me from guessing the outcome ahead of time.Bless you, Phil Rickman, for your sensitive handling of Arnold s storyline and not going for the cheap emotional manipulation so frequently used by the tired hacks of the horror genre This book earns a Pet Lovers Seal of Approval SPOILERISH I do love a story where sweet ladies of a certain age wearing tartan skirts and errant heavy equipm Phil Rickman is an author who continues to write the kind of horror novels I like best This novel managed to keep me from guessing the outcome ahead of time.Bless you, Phil Rickman, for your sensitive handling of Arnold s storyline and not going for the cheap emotional manipulation so frequently used by the tired hacks of the horror genre This book earns a Pet Lovers Seal of Approval SPOILERISH I do love a story where sweet ladies of a certain age wearing tartan skirts and errant heavy equipment operators can be heroes and possibly hook up for a happily ever after ending in the readers imagination