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The Bone Key: The Necromantic Mysteries of Kyle Murchison Boothby Sarah Monette
Synopses & Reviews
The dead and the monstrous will not leave Kyle Murchison Booth alone, for an unwilling foray into necromancy has made him sensitive to — and attractive to — the creatures who roam the darkness of his once-safe world. Ghosts, ghouls, incubi: all have one thing in common. They know Booth for one of their own...
"Writing in the tradition of M.R. James and Algernon Blackwood, Monette reconstructs the traditional English ghost story — insinuated horror, no gratuitous sex or violence — with a decidedly modern-day approach in this laudable collection of 10 necromantic mystery stories featuring introverted museum archivist Kyle Murchison Booth. Noteworthy selections include 'Elegy for a Demon Lover,' which chronicles Booth's entanglement with a seductive otherworldly entity who teaches him about 'pleasure and pain and the shadowed places in-between.' In the brilliantly Lovecraftian 'Bringing Helena Back,' Booth agrees to help an old college friend bring his wife back from the dead, with horrifying results. Booth also investigates the skeleton of a woman sealed within the basement walls of the museum where he works, a house haunted by the spirit of a young girl and the ghost of a murdered private school student. Cerebral, ethereal and stylishly understated, this entrancing collection will appeal to fans of literary horror, dark fantasy and supernatural mystery." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"[W]ritten in homage to Lovecraft and M. R. James but with an attention to character that they sometimes lacked....Monette's gift for vivid descriptions couched in elegant but not overwrought prose definitely shines in these stories." Booklist
About the Author
Sarah Monette was born and raised in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, one of the secret cities of the Manhattan Project. Having completed her Ph.D. in English literature, she now lives and works in a hundred-year old house in the Upper Midwest. She is a winner of the Spectrum Award for her short story, "Three Letters from the Queen of Elfland."
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