By Phil Rickman
A supernatural thriller exploring the darker aspect of rural lifestyles in a distant Welsh mountain village, the place primal fears and historic longings hang-out the current day
Corpse-candles. Phantom funerals. The poultry of demise. It used to be insidious . . .
For Bethan, the schoolteacher, the previous superstitions woven into the social textile of her West Wales village are primitive and distasteful, that is why she's happy to welcome the subtle beginners: London journalist Giles Freeman and his spouse Claire. without doubt they're going to enable in a few clean air. however the Freemans are willing to take in this various tradition, an entire new lifestyle, rejecting the recommendation of an outdated colleague who warns them of a difficult and sour land the place they have continuously danced at the fringe of the abyss. They quickly study that this group hides an historic, bloody, and pagan secret—one that might hang-out them forever.
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He made detailed notes, with small drawings and diagrams, balancing the notebook on the edge of the tomb beneath the light. He drew outlines of the patterns in the stone. He copied the inscriptions in Latin and in Welsh, at least some of which he suspected had been added later, maybe centuries after the installation of the tomb. Tomorrow, perhaps, buy a camera with a flash, do the thing properly. Tonight, just had to know. Finally he took from his jacket pocket a retractable metal rule and very carefully measured the tomb.
He could make this candle go away. He could send it back to his subconscious. He was furious now. He would not submit to this invasion. And he would not die. Damned if he would. Damned if he . . Ingley squeezed his eyes shut, trying to squeeze rationality into his thoughts . . and found himself walking up the aisle of the church, footsteps on stone, tock, tock, tock . . Turn back, turn back, turn back . . tock, tock, tock . . Can't . . Can't go on . . Must go back . . Drawn steadily down the aisle towards the steep window leaking livid light into the nave.
Bethan said and slapped the exercise book face down on the sofa. She'd told the children to pretend they were working for the papur bro, the community newspaper in Pontmeurig, and to write about something that had happened in their own village which they thought people ought to know about. Of the results she'd seen so far, most had been predictably innocuous. Carys Huws had written about the haymaking, and how the famers were hoping to have it finished in time to go to the Royal Welsh agricultural show.
Candlenight by Phil Rickman