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House of Small Shadows

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2014 Short-listed

British Fantasy Award Best Horror Novel


House of Small Shadows is the disturbing novel about a modern phobia from award-winning author Adam Nevill.

The Red House: home to the damaged genius of the late M. H. Mason, master taxidermist and puppeteer, where he lived and created some of his most disturbing works. The building and its treasure trove of antiques is long forgotten, but the time has come for his creations to rise from the darkness.

Catherine Howard can't believe her luck when she's invited to value the contents of the house. When she first sees the elaborate displays of posed, costumed and preserved animals and macabre puppets, she's both thrilled and terrified. It's an opportunity to die for.

But the Red House has secrets, secrets as dreadful and dark as those from Catherine's own past. At night the building comes alive with noises and movements: footsteps, and the fleeting glimpses of small shadows on the stairs. And soon the barriers between reality, sanity and nightmare begin to collapse . . .

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House of Small Shadows is highly likely to induce nightmares set to the sound of the pattering of tiny wooden feet
It is a mature modern horror novel and despite its supernatural trappings it never forgets there is an emotionally pain wracked individual at its core ... Adam Nevill is driving the Ghost Train this year and I for one want to see where he takes us.
Forbidden Planet
Reading about stuffed kittens all dressed up and taking tea is really creepy, believe me.