Annal: 1996 International Horror Guild Award for Collection

Results of the International Horror Guild Award in the year 1996.

Book:Conference with the Dead

Conference with the Dead: Stories

Terry Lamsley

“In Conference with the Dead, Terry Lamsley presents ten excellent ghost stories in the classic English mode, deceptively civilized in execution but deeply disturbing as a trickle of icy water down the back of the neck. Any stiff upper lips encountered here are the result of rigor mortis. I really would not read these late at night, if I were you.” —Kage Baker, author of The Graveyard Game and Mother Aegypt

“I love ghost stories, especially when the writer is as good as Terry Lamsley, who has one of those legendary, word-of-mouth reputations, straight from self-publication to international recognition. He knows how to ground terror in a meticulous observation of the ordinary, and how to use the incomer’s, the outsider’s, disquieting uncertainties. Some of these tales (“The Toddler”, “Blade And Bone”) conjure the traditional M. R. James frisson, buried evil disturbed by the unwary. Some raise…[more]

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