Beware if fact and fiction suddenly start to blur with this perfectly horrifying omnibus from Richard and Judy bestseller Alison Littlewood, a master of subtle horror who explodes genre conventions. Contains an exclusive preview of the sequel to A Cold Season: A Cold Silence.
From Richard and Judy bestselling author Alison Littlewood, a genre-defying master of subtle horror, comes a perfectly horrifying omnibus. Containing A Cold Season, Path of Needles and The Unquiet House, as well an exclusive preview of A Cold Silence.
A broken family. A dark secret. The cold season has begun . . .
In A Cold Season, newly widowed Cass buys a renovated mill in the remove Lancashire village of Darnshaw, hoping that it will give her and her son, Ben, a fresh start. But it quickly becomes clear that outsiders are not welcome in the village and Ben begins displaying a hostility Cass can't understand. As darker events unfold, Cass starts to question her son's sanity. Then a blizzard blows in and Darnshaw is marooned in a sea of snow. Threatened on all sides, Cass finds herself pitted against forces she can barely comprehend . . .
Some fairy tales are born of dreams . . . and some are born of nightmares.
In A Path of Needles, a body is found in a shallow grave in the trees near Newmillerdam. The victim is a young girl, and the gruesome way in which the body has been posed has the police at a loss. Until Alice Hyland, an expert in fairytales is brought into the investigation and discovers a connection between the victim and an obscure Italian version of Snow White. It seems a fairytale has taken a twisted, nightmarish turn.
Then another body is found in a similarly shocking state. Now Alice must fight, not just to prove her innocence, but to protect herself from what lies in wait in the woods . . .
What is lurking in the corners of Mire House?
In The Unquiet House, Emma Dean is desperately seeking a fresh start - so when she inherits an old house in the depths of the Yorkshire countryside, she realises that this could be her chance. Mire House is dreary, dark and cold - yet when Emma walks inside, she feels an immediate sense of belonging.
It isn't long before Charlie Mitchell, grandson of the original owner, appears, claiming that he wants to get to know her as they are the last of their family. But Emma suspects he's more interested in the house than his long-lost relatives.
And when she starts seeing ghostly figures, Emma begins to wonder: is Charlie trying to scare her away, or are there darker secrets lurking in the corners of Mire House?
Littlewood's fiction is set in a world where the possible and the improbable rub shoulders,and strange stuff creeps through the gaps in out of the way places. She is the real deal, a writer with a unique vision and the talent to make us see the world anew through her eyes - TTA Press
Littlewood is going to be very big indeed - British Fantasy Society
Theauthor excels herself here. What Littlewood did with cults and motherhood inher debut, and fairy tales in the darkly fantastic crime fiction which followedit, she pulls off again, incredibly, in this best in class account of a hauntedhouse - Tor.com on The Unquiet House
AlisonLittlewood can hold her head high . . . one of the most exceptional horror authorsof the current generation - Reader Dad
Alison Littlewood is the author of six novels, all published by Jo Fletcher Books. A Cold Season was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club, where it was described as 'perfect reading for a dark winter's night.' Recent historical chillers The Hidden People and The Crow Garden received wide critical acclaim.
Alison's short stories have won the Shirley Jackson Award and been shortlisted for the British Fantasy award, and have appeared in numerous 'Best of the Year' anthologies.
Alison lives with her partner Fergus in Yorkshire, England, in a house of creaking doors and crooked walls. You can talk to her on twitter @Ali__L, see her on Facebook and visit her at www.alisonlittlewood.co.uk.