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The Night Comes On

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. . . Standing between the niches, like sentinels over the treasure-trove of death, were thirteen fully articulated skeletons, clothed in monks' habits and armed with long scythes. . .

Mr Metfield is astounded to discover this tableau in the crypt of the churh of St Joseph, in the small French town of Vazart-les-Bains. His arrival in the town coincides with the annual enactment of the Danse Macabre, or Dance of Death, wherein thirteen monks from the abbey don skeleton costumes and proceed through the streets. When Mr Metfield returns to the crypt, however, he is horrified to find that only twelve skeletons remain. Where is the thirteenth? And how many figures are taking part in the Dance of Death in the streets outside?

In 'The Ossuary' and nineteen other stories, Steve Duffy evokes the Golden Age of the ghost story with practised ease. Set mainly in the period between the Wars, the stories in THE NIGHT COMES ON are consciously 'Jamesian' in style and setting. They feature libraries and academics and great old country houses, colleges and branch railway-stations and cathedrals; and, of course, any number of things less easily defined which lie in wait for the foolish, the unwary, or the unlucky. The protagonists come through their adventures alive, sometimes - though not always. And while they may be more or less intact in physical terms, they usually have new insight into things for which they once had little time and less respect.

Four stories have been added for the electronic edition of THE NIGHT COMES ON, two of which are published for the first time.


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Hardback Editions

March 1998 : UK Hardback

Title: The Night Comes on
Author(s): Steve Duffy
ISBN: 1-899562-44-3 / 978-1-899562-44-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Ash Tree Pr
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

December 2011 : UK Kindle edition

Author(s): Steve Duffy
Publisher: Christopher Roden/Ash-Tree Press
Availability: Amazon UK