Don't Go To Sleep In The Dark

As well as being a master of the domestic mystery genre, Celia Fremlin is also an excellent writer of short stories. Each one is carefully crafted, the scene set with believable characters, and each has an ingenious denouement. Many of the stories in this book also include strong elements of fantasy.

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The Hours Before Dawn

One of the pleasures of reading all those old books for My Big Fat Reading Project is discovering gems like this. The Hours Before Dawn won the Edgar Award in 1960.Louise Henderson is the young mother of two children in 1950s London. Her infant does not sleep much, especially between the hours of 2 AM and dawn. He cries incessantly so that by the time he is just a few months old, Louise is so sleep deprived she moves...

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A Lovely Day to Die and Other Stories

A short book of short stories all with links to aging or death. They are great distractions with no effort to force the reader into pondering the meaning of life. Escapism in small bites.

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Listening in the Dusk

This book is one of its kind. Something unique. Its not extra ordinary but it always keeps you interested. Credit should go to the writer. There were some ordinary scenes in the book which she suddenly converted into something mysterious. The spontaneity of the writing caught me. There was not a single moment in the book where you felt bored. The plot was good, believable. It tells a story of a young boy who commits crime and what its effects...

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By Horror Haunted; Stories

As well as being a master of the domestic mystery genre, Celia Fremlin is also an excellent writer of short stories. Each one is carefully crafted, the scene set with believable characters, and each has an ingenious denouement. Many of the stories in this book also include strong elements of...

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Prisoner's Base

Nobody writes just this kind of domesticated horror story and in this one, her best since her first, Celia Fremlin's at the top of the form she's created--appealing, funny and eventually grim. Claudia, a really dreadful modern young woman representative of the psychiatric enlightenment, collects misfits, inflicts them on her mother (a wonderful old lady) and daughter (a nice youngster)--most recently a young woman muddling around the house in...

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Onkel Paul

Celia Fremlin hat ihren Roman Onkel Paul 1959 veröffentlicht, kurz nachdem sie mit dem Buch Die Stunden vor Morgengrauen die passende Lektüre für die vielen Mütter, die sich manche Nacht mit schreienden Babys um die Ohren schlagen, geschaffen hatte.Nicht weniger spannend ist ihr erst jetzt auf Deutsch erschienener Roman um die Figur des Onkel Paul. Bis zum Schluß des Buches versucht der Leser, unter...

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