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The Man in the Picture: A Ghost Story

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ISBN13: 9781590200919
ISBN10: 1590200918
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I've never seen a better example of a contemporary classic in the ghostly tales category than The Man in the Picture. Hill is as eloquent as Dickens and as dark as Poe.
Recommended by Nate Ashley, Powells.com

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"Hill (The Woman in Black) crafts an old-school spooker in this atmospheric tale of a sinister painting imbued with the vengeful spirit of a former owner. The painting, owned by retired Cambridge don Theo Parmitter, catches the eye of a visiting former student who's intrigued by its depiction of an 18th-century Venetian carnival scene and a figure in the foreground who looks anachronistically modern. The student's questions extract from Theo the strange story of how he won it at auction and the even stranger tale of the bidder he beat: the elderly Lady Hawdon, who claims that the man in the picture is her husband, imprisoned in the painting through the designs of a jilted lover who gave it to them as a wedding present. Hill manipulates the gothic darkness of her story with great dexterity and subtlety, faltering only at its awkwardly executed finish. Regardless, her tale is a commendable exercise in the tradition of the antiquarian ghost story. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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From the author of the Simon Serrailler mysteries comes a gothic tale of high art and gruesome ends--a haunting tale of loss, love, and the most primal of human fears.

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, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by )
Susan Hill is a great writer. She knows how to create suspense and wind her characters through creepy locations. I loved this story. It was the kind of tale that sticks with you when you turn the last page. It is a short story but well worth the time to read!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781590200919
Author:
Hill, Susan
Publisher:
Overlook Press
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Carnival
Subject:
Portraits
Subject:
Ghost stories
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Contemporary Thrillers
Copyright:
Edition Description:
B-Hardcover
Publication Date:
20080931
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
160
Dimensions:
6.62x4.86x.73 in. .43 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 160 pages Overlook Press - English 9781590200919 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

I've never seen a better example of a contemporary classic in the ghostly tales category than The Man in the Picture. Hill is as eloquent as Dickens and as dark as Poe.

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Hill (The Woman in Black) crafts an old-school spooker in this atmospheric tale of a sinister painting imbued with the vengeful spirit of a former owner. The painting, owned by retired Cambridge don Theo Parmitter, catches the eye of a visiting former student who's intrigued by its depiction of an 18th-century Venetian carnival scene and a figure in the foreground who looks anachronistically modern. The student's questions extract from Theo the strange story of how he won it at auction and the even stranger tale of the bidder he beat: the elderly Lady Hawdon, who claims that the man in the picture is her husband, imprisoned in the painting through the designs of a jilted lover who gave it to them as a wedding present. Hill manipulates the gothic darkness of her story with great dexterity and subtlety, faltering only at its awkwardly executed finish. Regardless, her tale is a commendable exercise in the tradition of the antiquarian ghost story. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by , From the author of the Simon Serrailler mysteries comes a gothic tale of high art and gruesome ends--a haunting tale of loss, love, and the most primal of human fears.
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