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Description - The Grin of the Dark by Ramsey Campbell

Once upon a time Tubby Thackeray s silent comedies were hailed as the equal of Chaplin s and Keaton s, but now his name has been deleted from the history of the cinema. Some of his music-hall performances before he went to Hollywood were riotously controversial, and his last film was never released but why have his entire career and all his films vanished from the record? Simon Lester is a film critic thrown out of a job by a lawsuit against the magazine he helped to found. When he s commissioned to write a book about Thackeray and restore the comedian s reputation, it seems as if his own career is saved. His research takes him from Los Angeles to Amsterdam, from dusty archives to a hardcore movie studio. But his research leads to something far older than the cinema, something that has taken a new and even more dangerous shape Ramsey Campbell has found terror in the lore of cinema before in The Parasite and Ancient Images and now he turns to the silent era. Lon Chaney once invited us to contemplate opening our door at midnight to be confronted by a clown. Just hope you never find Tubby Thackeray there or, just as nightmarish, on your television or your computer.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780753513811
ISBN-10: 0753513811
Format: Paperback
(195mm x 131mm x 23mm)
Pages: 352
Imprint: Virgin Books
Publisher: Ebury Publishing
Publish Date: 1-May-2008
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Ramsey Campbell

The Oxford Companion to English Literature describes Ramsey Campbell as 'Britain's most respected living horror writer'. He has been awarded the Grand Master Award of the World Horror Convention and the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Horror Writers Association. His regular columns appear in All Hallows, Dead Reckonings and Video Watchdog. He is the President of the British Fantasy Society.

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