While the Others Sleep by Tom Becker

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A chilling tale of dark forces from another world haunting the young offspring of the rich and wealthy in a secluded sanatorium for the mentally unwell children of the rich. Son of the wealthy Lord Mandeville, Alfie is sent there because he suffers from sleeplessness. Apparently a most decent young man, during his stay, Alfie discovers fiendish horrors that lead to the violent death. What is the dark story of his own past and will he ever be able to unlock its secrets?.


While the Others Sleep by Tom Becker

When Alfie Mandeville's insomnia threatens to embarrass his wealthy family he is sent to Scarbrook House, a sanatorium for wealthy children. Troubled by the eerie atmosphere and skittish patient, Alfie's condition gets worse, not better. He falls under the spell of the charismatic and cruel William Travers, who seems to delight in bullying the other patients. A mysterious sighting by the water tower in the woods stirs up turbulent memories of Alfie's time in India. And as he lies awake one night, Alfie is haunte by visions of a strange creature moving through the darkness at the edge of the patients' beds. Are his tired eyes hallucinating, or is starting to lose his mind? When Alfie learns that the creatures are hunting a demon escaped from the depths of Hell - and that the only protection against them is to be asleep - suddenly insomnia becomes the most dangerous condition of all.

About the Author

Tom Becker

Tom Becker won the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2007 at the age of twenty-five with his first novel, DARKSIDE. As well as further books in the DARKSIDE series, Tom has written several standalone YA horror novels, including DARK ROOM for the acclaimed Red Eye horror series from Stripes. Since Tom Becker learned to hold a pen, he wanted to become a writer. In fact, when he was 5 years old, he wrote in a notebook that it was his dream was to be an author. Aged 25, Tom has realised that dream with publication of his first novel, Darkside in January 2007.

Tom's early enthusiasm for books and reading was encouraged by his parents who were voracious readers. Their family home was cluttered with bookcases and piles of novels. Tom spent most of his childhood curled up in an armchair reading fantasy novels by Brian Jacques, and later graduated to grown-up novels by David Eddings and Guy Gavriel Kay.

Tom studied History at Oxford University and was struck by the otherworld-ly atmosphere of this academic institution. He used to spend long days studying and reading in the University library and always felt intrigued by the atmosphere there - perhaps that is why a library is such an important setting in Darkside.

Tom started writing Darkside in 2005, it took him three months to complete and he is now working on more books in the series. He drew inspiration from film noirs such as The Asphalt Jungle and The Big Sleep (hence the glasshouse scene in Darkside), and comicbook writers such as Alan Moore.

Aside from reading, Tom's big love in life is music. He is still reeling from the break-up of his two favourite bands, Rocket From the Crypt and Sleater-Kinney. Tom's other passions include supporting Everton Football Club and consisting on a diet of fry-ups and fish fingers. Tom lives in London.

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320 pages


Tom Becker
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Publication date

4th March 2013




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