Written by David Calcutt
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The Lovereading4Kids comment
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
Nathan knows something is watching him - something menacing and dangerous. Something without a shape, that he can't get out of his head. The Creature. Then there are the noises he starts hearing in the attic. Shuffling. Scratching. Even a voice. The Bogeyman. Nathan's sure that the Creature and the Bogeyman are the same thing. Whatever it is, it's after him. As soon as it's strong enough, it will show Nathan what it really wants. And it's growing stronger all the time ...'Haunting and powerful' Lovereading4kids.co.uk
Q & A on Shadow Bringer with David Calcutt
1. What inspired you to write Shadow Bringer?
A few years ago I saw on a very windy day I saw something black flapping in the sky. It didn’t look like a bird and for a moment or two I couldn’t work out what it was. Then I realised it was a plastic bin-liner. It gave me an idea for a story that eventually became “Shadow Bringer”.
It’s a supernatural, psychological thriller, in which a boy is haunted by a shadow creature.
The first draft took around four months.
They’ll probably say it’s nothing like his first book. I hope they’ll say they find it tense and gripping, and it made them afraid to switch the light off. Especially if they have an attic.
A couple of things. There’s the beginning of a fantasy adventure story, and also a book I’m co-writing with another OUP author, Marie-Louise Jensen. It came about from a conversation we had when we met at a award ceremony in Dublin, and it’s really taken off. We’re both very excited about it. .
I don’t really have a favourite food. I like lots of different kinds of food. I like to eat.
Anything absurd, surreal, or rude.
Probably my guitar.
I have lots, and I keep on acquiring them. Memories should grow with you and not remain in the past.
Gazing into the distance when I should be working
Being a street-entertainer was probably the worst. It was cold and it rained. I went home.
There are quite a few – all too embarrassing to talk about.
I had a dream in which I was being chased by a tiger. The tiger caught me and said if I hadn’t run away it wouldn’t have chased me.
If you see a tiger on the street, run.
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
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Oxford University Press
4th February 2010
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