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    Available in PDF Format | Candlenight.pdf | English
    Phil Rickman(Author)

For Bethan, a schoolteacher, the old superstitions woven into the social fabric of her West Wales village are primitive and distasteful, which is why she's pleased to welcome the sophisticated newcomers: London journalist Giles Freeman and his wife Claire. Surely they'll let in some fresh air?

But the Freemans are keen to absorb this different culture, a whole new way of life, rejecting the advice of an old colleague who warns them of a hard and bitter land where they've always danced on the edge of the abyss. They soon learn that this community hides an ancient, bloody, and pagan secret - one that will haunt them forever.


Grimly sinister. Written with blood-curdling aplomb. --Sunday TelegraphGripping throughout. Powerful, classic stuff. --The TimesCrisp prose, excellent dialogue and a real sense of mounting evil. --Time Out

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  • PDF | 512 pages
  • Phil Rickman(Author)
  • Corvus; Main edition (1 Jan. 2013)
  • English
  • 8
  • Crime, Thrillers & Mystery
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  • By bobsmum on 5 May 2006

    I only recently discovered Phil Rickman accidently while leafing through a used book shop. I'm hooked!!I think this is the first book that he wrote and it shows in that it's not quite as polished as the others and doesn't really have a satisfactory climax as lots of questions are left unanswered. However, don't let that put you off. Superbly written, subtle and understated, definitely for those who prefer their horror more psychological than in your face gore.I go to Wales on holiday quite regularly, living just the other side of the Severn Bridge as I do, but I'll definitely be looking beneath that Welsh Welcome from now on!

  • By Mr. T. Young on 4 November 2011

    Y Groes: a small isolated Welsh village which seems to have everything.The soil is more fertile and the climate so much better than the surrounding area - and the inhabitants are welcoming to strangers, even the English.Young couple Giles and Claire decide to move there when Claire inherits a house from her estranged grandfather, whom she met only once, when she was so young that she doesn't even remember it.Giles, especially, is enthusiastic about the move but it's Claire who is soon drawn into the life and customs of the village - and increasingly away from Giles.When Giles becomes ill it's his American journalist friend, along with the young village schoolteacher, who starts to suspect that there is something sinister lurking beneath the idyllic facade of the village.Why are there no incomers living there, no houses bought as weekend cottages?Things come to a head around the time of a local by election, a marginal which Plaid Cymru is hopeful of winning. A group of journalists, in the area to cover the proceedings, find themselves in the midst of something they certainly hadn't bargained for.Candlenight is a beautifully written, supernatural mystery story which has been out of print for a few years but is now available on Kindle - and a new paperback version is promised for next year.Not before time!

  • By Kindle Customer on 19 February 2014

    If you haven't read anything by Phil Rickman start now.Each book can be read as a stand alone, but the more books in the Merrily Watkins genre you read the deeper your knowledge and appreciation of the characters become.Fantastic as the storylines appear most of them have a basis in the history and folklore of the Wales and England, particularly the mystical boarders between.

  • By Denise Hitchen on 23 March 2017

    One of my favorite authors. Up to his usual excellent standard.

  • By Kindle Customer on 24 June 2008

    Good book, I love all Phil's stuff. I am Welsh born and bred and sadly can recognise some of those mad old welsh people. However we aren't ALL that bad - I'm married to a Saes! Come to Wales - we won't murder you we promise MWHA HA HA HA

  • By Christine sladden on 12 March 2015

    Brilliant, very atmospheric as are all Phil Rickman's books.

  • By A. Watson on 22 October 2011

    I remember buying this when it was first published, mainly due to the eye catching front cover. To clinch the deal there was £1 off along with a cast-iron guarantee that if the book didn't live up to its blurb you got your money back. (Being a tight fisted Scot these things are important) As it turned out - there was never any danger of `Candlenight' being returned for a refund. Back then the so-called `horror market' was saturated with luridly written novels of inner city death and devilment, each one trying desperately to outdo the others in terms of shock value. Therefore I was happy to discover Phil Rickman's book was something very different from the norm, placing the story very firmly in rural Wales and using a more subtle writing technique than any of his predecessors. `Candlenight' is a potent mixture of Welsh folklore and the dangers of uprooting yourself from the everyday boredom of suburbia and relocating to an area where the locals burn corpse candles while hiding behind a thin veneer of Christianity as they secretly pay homage to the old `Dark Bards' of blood splattered Welsh history.`Candlenight' is a novel that relies on atmosphere and suspense to hook the reader and carry them forward to the dark places of the book where the shadows lie in wait with sharpened sickles. Miles Davies once said that it was the spaces between the notes that were important and Phil Rickman uses this philosophy to great effect. Cheap-thrill seekers should stick with the ever increasingly gore streaked excesses of lesser writers as this book is far more clever and cultured and demands more from its readers than a bad case of acne and studded leather wrist bands. A great first book from Phil Rickman, blazing the trail for what was to follow.

  • By Guest on 6 September 2002

    I picked this book up on a whim because I liked the cover and the back made it sound good, got it home and didn't put it down. Phil Rickman somehow manages to take old legends set in modern times and make it seem not only realistic but also scary enough to send a shiver down your spine. It's fantastically written, filled with believable characters and genuinely creepy. Thoroughly recommended.

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