Few writers blend the ancient and supernatural with the modern and criminal to better effect than Rickman… strikingly original and consistently intriguing.’

LAURA WILSON, THE GUARDIAN

‘Place in my stocking any new novel from Phil Rickman starring that least clerical of country parsons, Merrily Watkins, battling the gothic dreadfulness of rural England.’

PROF. SIR DIARMAID MACCULLOUGH, OXFORD, IN THE OBSERVER

‘One of our finest writers… very much the equal of the great M R James in the way he conjures up dread and menace.’ 

FULLY BOOKED

‘Supremely skilful at teasing out the menace that lies behind English folk customs and legends… and weaving them into a compelling contemporary narrative.’

JOHN WILLIAMS, MAIL ON SUNDAY

‘Rickman’s writing style reflects his subject matter: spooky and indirect, elegantly crafted but always a sense of shadow behind you . . . a hanging mist, stabbed by moments of clarity.’

NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS

‘As satisfying as a Victorian novel, The layers, the characters, the humour, the spookiness… perfect.’

ELLY  GRIFFITHS

‘Mysteries in the classic sense… cleverly combining the supernatural and criminal elements to illuminate the darkest corners of our imaginations.’

JOHN CONNOLLY