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Summoning Knells

And Other Inventions
A collection of stories by

Few things evoke the timeless peace and charm of the English countryside as vividly as the sound of church bells ringing out across the landscape. In the stories of A. F. Kidd, however, this seemingly placid surface hides a world of demons and spirits, magic and mystery, malice and revenge. There is no telling what may be lurking amid the bells and peal-boards, watching and waiting, ready to exact payment for some misdeed of the past, or feast upon the body or spirit of the living.

The author, who is herself an avid bellringer, has drawn on her own experiences for many of the incidents in her stories; yet another, stronger influence, the ghost stories of M. R. James, also informs and inspires many of the forty-seven tales in SUMMONING KNELLS. Here are the understated horrors, the elegance of tone, and the suggestion of another world whose rules we do not know, and at which we can only dimly guess, that will be familar to, and welcomed by, all enthusiasts of the classic ghost story.


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April 2012 : UK Kindle edition

Title: SUMMONING KNELLS and Other Inventions
Author(s): A F Kidd
Publisher: Christopher Roden/Ash-Tree Press
Availability: Amazon UK