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Pharos: A Ghost Story

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Publisher Comments:

Set in the early nineteenth century, Pharos is a dazzling ghost story from an award-winning author.

A young woman is washed up on the shores of Jacob's Rock, a remote lighthouse island off the coast of Scotland. She does not know who she is or how she got there. She has no memory. The keeper of the lighthouse and his assistant take her in and feed and clothe her. But this mysterious woman is not all that she seems, and neither is the remote and wind-swept island.

Eerily reminiscent of Turn of the Screw and The Others, Pharos is a breathless tale of the supernatural.

Review:

"A genuinely eerie tale, in a perfect setting and told with just the right amount of ambiguity." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"A gaudy gothic music video of a novella that whirls with weirdness and doesn't make a lick of sense....But because Pharos is as short as it is, and as energetic as it is...I sort of liked it. Admired it, even." Stephen King, Boston Globe

Review:

"Thompson deftly weaves all these lives together to create a complex portrait of a man tortured by both duty and demons....The spooky setting creates a perfect nest for evil and Thompson adds a last little bit of intrigue..." Providence Journal

Review:

"A haunting, powerful story of ghosts and enslavement. I read it in one sitting." Ali Smith, Booker and Orange shortlisted author of Hotel World

Review:

"An extraordinary work...Thompson's unrelenting intellect and distinctive imaginnation is once again at the helm of Scotland's bravest writing." Scotland on Sunday

Review:

"Highly enticing." The Bookseller (UK)

Review:

"Ingenious...Pharos rejects the classic ghost story, for an impressively disorieentating opening out of its generic rules." Times Literary Supplement

About the Author

Alice Thompson's first novel, Justine, was joint winner (with Graham Swift) of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction. For her second novel, Pandora's Box, she was shortlisted for the Stakis Scottish Writer of the Year. She has been Writer in Residence for the Shetland Isles and for St. Andrews University. In 2000 she won a Creative Scotland Award. Her work has been translated into six languages. She lives in Edinburgh.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312318109
Subtitle:
A Ghost Story
Publisher:
Thomas Dunne Books
Author:
Thompson, Alice
Location:
New York
Subject:
Scotland
Subject:
Young women
Subject:
Ghost stories
Subject:
Amnesia
Subject:
Ghost
Subject:
Lighthouse keepers
Subject:
Horror - General
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st U.S. ed.
Edition Description:
U.S.
Publication Date:
October 2003
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
8.54x5.56x.69 in. .69 lbs.

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Fiction and Poetry » Horror » General

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Product details 160 pages Thomas Dunne Books - English 9780312318109 Reviews:
"Review" by , "A genuinely eerie tale, in a perfect setting and told with just the right amount of ambiguity."
"Review" by , "A gaudy gothic music video of a novella that whirls with weirdness and doesn't make a lick of sense....But because Pharos is as short as it is, and as energetic as it is...I sort of liked it. Admired it, even."
"Review" by , "Thompson deftly weaves all these lives together to create a complex portrait of a man tortured by both duty and demons....The spooky setting creates a perfect nest for evil and Thompson adds a last little bit of intrigue..."
"Review" by , "A haunting, powerful story of ghosts and enslavement. I read it in one sitting."
"Review" by , "An extraordinary work...Thompson's unrelenting intellect and distinctive imaginnation is once again at the helm of Scotland's bravest writing."
"Review" by , "Highly enticing."
"Review" by , "Ingenious...Pharos rejects the classic ghost story, for an impressively disorieentating opening out of its generic rules."
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