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In the Night Wood

(2018)
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In this contemporary fantasy, the grieving biographer of a Victorian fantasist finds himself slipping inexorably into the supernatural world that consumed his subject.

Failed father, failed husband, and failed scholar, Charles Hayden hopes to put his life back together with a new project: a biography of Caedmon Hollow, the long-dead author of a legendary Victorian children's book, In the Night Wood, and forebear of his wife, Erin. Deep in mourning from the loss of their young daughter, they pack up their American lives and Erin gives up her legal practice, and the couple settles in Hollow's remote Yorkshire mansion.

In the neighboring village, Charles meets a woman he might have loved, a child who could have been his own daughter, and the ghost of a self he hoped to bury. Erin, paralyzed by her grief, immerses herself in pills and painting images of a horned terror in the woods.

In the primeval forest surrounding Caedmon Hollow's ancestral home, an ancient power is stirring, a long-forgotten king who haunts the Haydens' dreams. And every morning the fringe of darkling trees presses closer.

Soon enough, Charles and Erin will venture into the night wood. Soon enough, they'll learn that the darkness under the trees is but a shadow of the darkness that waits inside us all.

Genre: Horror

Praise for this book

"In the Night Wood taps into the oldest, darkest roots of the fairy tale tradition, presenting the story of a family in crisis while steered by the pagan energies of a wilder age. It is beautiful, heartbreaking, and inspiring. Once again, Dale Bailey proves he’s among the best writers we have." - Nathan Ballingrud

"Elegantly written, In the Night Wood paints a moody portrait of a marriage threatened by betrayal and loss over the backdrop of a strange wood, mysteriously vanishing children, the legend of a horned king, and a children’s story that might be more than just a story. Bailey builds his world with great care, slowly and carefully drawing both you and the characters in, revealing some pieces of the puzzle only gradually. By the time you realize where the story is going, he’s already hooked you: you couldn’t escape even if you wanted to." - Brian Evenson

"Every story is a ghost story, Bailey tells us. But not every ghost story is as haunting as this one. Nor as luminously written, literate, absorbing, transporting, and all-around excellent. I couldn’t put it down." - Karen Joy Fowler

"In the Night Wood begins with a tragic loss and quickly develops into a mystery involving an estate, the history of the forest surrounding it, and a strange book written by the estate’s former owner. The mystery is compelling but the heart of Dale Bailey’s latest novel is the damaged relationship between grieving parents. Conquering their guilt and salvaging their love for one another depends on their ability to untangle the mystery. This is a heady combination of natural and supernatural influences, clues scattered by an enigmatic ancestor, and local legends both feeding and deriving from a work of fiction. Together these elements create resonance and urgency in a story about the complex workings of the human heart." - S P Miskowski

"In the Night Wood is a wonder: literary, intriguingly supernatural, and all too human. A must read for anyone who as a child wanted to find a magic wardrobe to explore or a rabbit hole to fall down only to realize as an adult that those whimsical childhood adventures have a darker side." - Molly Tanzer

"Dale Bailey has written a literary puzzle box that deftly mixes the scary, nasty folktales of the 19th century and Daphne du Maurier’s classic Don’t Look Now. In the Night Wood is an affecting, weighty, and haunting book about the shackles of grief." - Paul Tremblay


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January 2019 : UK Hardback
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Title: In the Night Wood
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ISBN: 0-00-832916-8 / 978-0-00-832916-7 (UK edition)
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October 2018 : USA Hardback
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Title: In the Night Wood
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October 2019 : UK Paperback
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Title: In the Night Wood
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October 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: In the Night Wood
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Title: In the Night Wood
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September 2019 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: In the Night Wood
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September 2019 : USA Audio CD
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Title: In the Night Wood
Author(s): Dale Bailey
ISBN: 0-358-32450-5 / 978-0-358-32450-8 (USA edition)
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September 2019 : Audio CD
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Title: In the Night Wood: Library Edition
Author(s): Dale Bailey
ISBN: 1-09-406370-3 / 978-1-09-406370-6
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September 2019 : MP3 CD
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Title: In the Night Wood
Author(s): Dale Bailey
ISBN: 1-09-406371-1 / 978-1-09-406371-3
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February 2019 : USA Audio edition
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Title: In the Night Wood
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February 2019 : Australia Audio edition
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Title: In the Night Wood
Author(s): Dale Bailey
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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February 2019 : UK Audio edition
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Title: In the Night Wood
Author(s): Dale Bailey
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Limited
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Kindle Editions

February 2019 : UK Kindle edition
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Title: In the Night Wood
Author(s): Dale Bailey
Publisher: HarperVoyager
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October 2018 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: In the Night Wood
Author(s): Dale Bailey
Publisher: John Joseph Adams/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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October 2018 : Australia Kindle edition
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Title: In the Night Wood
Author(s): Dale Bailey
Publisher: HarperVoyager
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