The Darkest Part of the Woods

The Darkest Part of the Woods

The Darkest Part of the Woods For decades the lives of the Price family have been snarled with the fate of the ancient forest of Goodmanswood There Dr Lennox Price discovered an hallucinogenic moss which quickly became the focus

  • Title: The Darkest Part of the Woods
  • Author: Ramsey Campbell
  • ISBN: 9780765346827
  • Page: 300
  • Format: Paperback
  • For decades the lives of the Price family have been snarled with the fate of the ancient forest of Goodmanswood There, Dr Lennox Price discovered an hallucinogenic moss which quickly became the focus of a cult Though the moss is long gone, the whole forest can now affect the minds of visitors After Lennox is killed trying to return to his beloved wood, his widow sees aFor decades the lives of the Price family have been snarled with the fate of the ancient forest of Goodmanswood There, Dr Lennox Price discovered an hallucinogenic moss which quickly became the focus of a cult Though the moss is long gone, the whole forest can now affect the minds of visitors After Lennox is killed trying to return to his beloved wood, his widow sees and hears him in the trees or is it a dark version of the Green Man that caresses her with leafy hands Lennox s grandson heeds a call to lie in his lover s arms in the very heart of the forest and cannot help but wonder what the fruit of that love will be And Heather, Lennox s daughter, who turned her back on her father s mysteries and sought sanctuary in the world of facts and history Goodmanswood summons her as well .

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    I'm not sure how I feel about this book. On a technical level it's something close to a masterpiece, the horror's slow ooze engulfing the reader with glacial deliberation. The prose is a kind of vernacular poetry unto itself; Campbell plays with sentence structure and character interaction in some really clever and illusive ways. This kept me on edge the whole way through, not necessarily because of the narrative's momentum, but because the prose has this delicate intricacy to it that punishes e [...]

    After so long and trying a few of his short stories a while back, this is the first full novel from this very celebrated veteran UK horror author that I have read.Knowing his reputation (Clive Barker has praised Campbell for many years) I was expecting something very well written, a horror novel of a very good high standard. I will admit that I had struggled to engage with some of his short tales previously, though I had really wanted to like his work.This book has been suggested as one of his b [...]

    Well. I'm not sure where to begin with this one. It's possibly some of the worst writing I've ever read. Here are some quotes from the book, with my thoughts:Pg. 59 "Who's in my room now?""Right now, nobody," Heather said, since that was how the question had sounded. "It's Sam's room." (There was never any indication that anyone was currently, at the moment, in the room. The clarification was unnecessary.)Pg. 83That was Worlds Unlimited, which Sam realized now had been the first destination he c [...]

    This is probably a hard book to like, judging from the previously posted reviews. I quite enjoyed it, but I have almost infinite patience for even the slowest-moving books. And it's certainly slow at the start. The action doesn't really start until you're about a third of the way in, and even then, it then takes more time to build upon that.I did really enjoy this one though, for several reasons. First of all, the writing was surprisingly good. It took me a few chapters to get used to the author [...]

    Probably one of Campbell's best (certainly his best of the recent period.) This one concerns a dark presence within a wood and how it affects the lives of a family living at its outskirts. Lots of effective imagery. Excellent evocation of Machen and Blackwood without lapsing into pastiche. That's all I'm gonna say. Read it, damn you.

    First off, I thought it was okay. My objection to the story was the author constantly reminding the reader about trees, woods, forests, bugst just when appropriate, but even down to smells in the library where the character Heather worked. I'm thinkingway too much description, way too much settinglet's move along and get to the story! But I stuck with it and when isolated from the overabundance of tree description, the story wasn't so bad. One other thingif you're a Lovecraft reader and familiar [...]

    Chilling!If you've ever seen The Ruins, (Carter Smith, 2008), or The Descent, (Neil Marshall, 2005). It might help to understand what is going on in this book, even if I think the plot in this book is on its own. Who could forget Sam and Sylvee? I think the thought still lingers in my mind of how the two form a union. The Darkest Part of the WOODS is what is incubating inside them. In Sam, we find some of C. Dexter. W Lennox, too. I felt these characters reminded me of or gave Brichester and th [...]

    This book was my introduction to Ramsey Campbell. He certainly knows how to create suspense and invoke the illusion of impending dread into the mind of the reader. This novel was a little above average for me. It wasn't great but not bad at all. It is a very verbose piece of fiction and Campbell definitely will have your head spinning after what seems like the millionth description of the woods. I found the characters to each have their own inner demons and Campbell does do an adequate job of ma [...]

    A very dark, atmospheric fantasy. If you like Robert Holdstock's stuff, you may enjoy this -- it explores some of the same themes. Basically, there's this small English wood called Goodmanswood where strange, supernatural things have always happened. The protagonist's father apparently traced these "supernatural" happenings to a kind of hallucinogenic lichen, only to apparently fall prey to the madness it causes. Now Heather (the protagonist) is beginning to suspect that her son, sister, and mot [...]

    Ramsey Campbell produces a great story that spans centuries and crosses into science, historical events, and horror in the story of a family infected by some odd substance found in an old forest. As the family members continue to find themselves drawn to the same area over and over, the mystery unfolds and the terror begins.This is definitely a good read with a very creative and interesting storyline.

    2.5. Pretty good up until the last 3 or 4 chapters, and then it devolved into a typical Ramsey Campbell snorefest of nothing.

    It took me a while to get through this book. The inital story, of a family with a father beset by obsession and (possibly) madness, was a little slow and uninvolving for me. The hints it dropped of mysterious goings-on in the nearby Goodmanswood (the forest) were intriguing though, so I soldiered on.My persistence was rewarded by the slowly building sense of dread and worry that the story built up as it went on. Now I'm going to worry every time I go into a spooky wood. Thanks, Mr. Campbell. O.o [...]

    A terribly slow driven, painfully plodding story that only takes a slightly interesting shape more than two thirds into the novel.If you like slowly paced and atmospheric reads then you may like this a lot better than I. I am more of a fast-paced reading kind of a guy. I don't need a hundred or two pages describing trees to set the background scenery up.I've read only one other book by Ramsey Campbell and liked it, Far Away & Never, but that was just some loosely tied together fantasy short [...]

    Unquestionably Britain's finest purveyor of scares and horror, Ramsey Campbell here delivers what I think is his masterpiece. Rarely making explicit the horrors that stalk a family unlucky to live near the outskirts of a most unwelcoming wood, Campbell builds up a fine sense of creeping unease as things lurk always at the edge of vision or just out of sight. His prose is wonderful, his use of similes as ever is utterly unique, and his characters are sympathetic and well-drawn. The wood of the ti [...]

    This novel seems to really polarize horror fans and I can see why. First I have to admit that before this I did not "get" Campbell's longer works. Then some friends directed me to the introduction to The Face That Must Die and the lights started to come on. Highly recommended. DRAFT

    I loved the book at first. The tone was very much like Lovecraft and I even started dreaming about the book. However, it just dragged on and on. The characters were stiff and awkward and they made me uncomfortable. In a book such as this one, that could have been a design decision by the author, however, I'm not sure it was. Overall, I enjoyed the horror aspects, but all the characters (except Lennox, the father) were contemptible and the written was long-winded.

    I trudged through was the most uneventful ghost/legend/horror novel I have ever read. Some of the "mysteries" lore was captivating but the characters had little personality other than being a family.

    This is a really creepy book that is light on action but heavy on atmosphere. However, it does pick up towards the end. Campell's engrossing plot and disturbing imagery combine for an unforgettable experience. I highly recommend this book.

    Historically I have found Campbell's work to be rather verbose and unengaging. Since this had received good press I thought I'd revisit his work, alas I still found the prose dense, with swathes of pages which did little to propel the story in any meaningful way. Campbell's approach to horror is similar to John Saul's, where the tension is delivered from character driven fear and the creation of an unseen and affecting malevolence, however The Darkest Part of the Woods produces little of either. [...]

    One of Campbell's lesser efforts. Generic plot and somewhat sloppy prose. Several one-dimensional characters. Gives the impression of having been written a little too quickly and without sufficient editing. Not very scary either.With all that being said, TDPotW is still above average for the genre, as I can't imagine a writer of Campbell's caliber writing an average or below average horror novel. In spite of the overall lack of scares, there are some creepy moments and details here and there, an [...]

    Perfect month to finish this super creepy book. It is pretty slow to build and was kind of fun to read aloud, even if it was tongue-twisty at times. Overtones of Lovecraft and the Green Man legends and the setting make the spook factor more effective. Sometimes the tree language and metaphors could be a bit much, but overall they did the trick. I would love to watch this one as a movie.

    Excellent novel from Campbell (again). Some of the imagery is astounding, and the relentlessness of it leaves a lasting impression. Some beautiful writing too. What lets it down is some poor editing in this edition, with numerous typos, punctuation errors and other glitches. Not the author's fault, but a little disappointing. Still, a great story, and with a truly disturbing final act.

    Boring book, I couldn't get any emotions there. Descriptions didn't set any mood although they were supposed to, I guess And the theory with the Sam and Sylvia just doesn't make any sense but makes teh book unreadable.

    I wanted to like this book, but the sentences are incomprehensible. This book needed a much heavier hand from the editor.

    A brilliant, brooding novel in which family tragedies and imminent cosmic catastrophes are braided.

    The Darkest Part of the Woods had been on my radar for a few years, falling as it does into the category of ‘folk horror’ that is growing ever stronger in popularity right now. It’s interesting firstly for Campbell’s return to the fictional Brichester area of the Severn Valley, where he set his very early Lovecraft-pastiches that made up The Inhabitant of the Lake & Other Unwelcome Tenants. Fictional areas of real countries offer a great deal of potential (think Ulverton, Wessex, Sca [...]

    This book worked for me in starts and stops. I enjoyed the characters at times, but they felt inconsistent. Some chapters felt separate from the story completely. The book comes the conclusion I saw developing halfway through it. I must admit I came into this book with the understanding that Campbell is of the Lovecraft ilk, and he most certainly is. The overarching plot resembles, "The Case of Charles Dexter Ward," which is one of Lovecraft's finest. It's about an ancient black magician who is [...]

    So much description! And the narrative takes so long to build! I know that payience is supposed to be a positive virtue, but the novel's build, or lack thereof, really did my head in. There were some chilling moments and some engaging world building, but I honestly found the storytelling style to be incredibly dull at times. Not a bad concept, but it really needed an edit.

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