Written by David Calcutt
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A mysterious and menacing story which weaves together real and imaginary thoughts and feelings with a dark intensity which makes the skin prickle. Out for a walk with his dog, Nathan feels watched. Something shapeless, hard to identify but sinister seems to be haunting him. At first it is weak, but Nathan can feel it growing and its power over him becomes stronger. How Nathan faces up to the danger around him and faces it down is thoughtful and compelling.
A haunting and powerful psychological thriller which will appeal to fans of David Almond, the author of Skellig. With beautifully drawn characters and a real sense of brooding menace, the author has succeeded in blending reality with magic to create a novel that is incredibly tense and atmospheric. His first novel Crowboy was hugely liked by our readers and we feel this title will be enjoyed in equal measure.
Shadow Bringer by David Calcutt
It starts when Nathan is out walking in the fields with his dog. Something is watching him - something menacing and dangerous. Something without a shape, that he can't get out of his head.
Scratching. Even a voice. The Bogeyman.
And it's growing stronger all the time...
Q & A on Shadow Bringer with David Calcutt
1. What inspired you to write Shadow Bringer?
2. Describe it in two lines?
3. How long did it take you to write?
4. What do you think people will say about this book?
5. Are you working on something else at the moment?
6. What is your favourite food?
7. What makes you laugh out loud?
8. What is your one luxury item you would take with you on to a Desert Island?
9. What is your most treasured memory?
10. What is your weakness?
11. What is the worst/most unusual job you have ever done?
12. What is your most embarrassing moment?
13. What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
14. What is the best piece of advice you could give to someone?
15. Last album brought? First album ever brought?
The first that I bought myself was, I think, “The Times They Are A-Changin’” by Bob Dylan. The most recent is “Elegy of the Uprooting” by the Greek composer Eleni Karaindrou. The Greeks call her the tenth muse. She is.
“Njal’s Saga” by an anonymous and brilliant Icelandic writer, and “Light in August” by William Faulkner. Also Ted Hughes’ poetry - but then I’m always reading this.
The music from “The Third Man”. Orson Welles. In fact I’d rather be in that film.
The Greek island of Lesvos
Shakespeare, Ted Hughes, Dylan Thomas, William Golding, Nikos Kazantzakis, George Seferis, Herman Melville, William Faulkner, Flannery O’ Connor, Jorge Luis Borges, John Steinbeck, James Joyce.
“Treasure Island” by Robert Louis Stevenson
My bike, and whatever notebook I happen to be writing in.
I’m pretty happy in most places.
Too many to list. Stupidity’s probably at the top.
I’d be less quick to judge, and work harder
About the Author
More books by David Calcutt
Oxford University Press
5th February 2009
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