Now a major Netflix movie.
"This is a chilling work and the fullest treatment of one of Campbell's recurring themes - the psychic violence family members wreak upon one another." Publishers Weekly
Queenie is the ageing matriarch of the Faraday family, and even death can’t break her hold over her eleven-year-old granddaughter Rowan. She’s buried with a locket that contains a lock of Rowan’s hair, and soon afterwards Rowan is befriended by a mysterious uncannily intelligent girl of her own age. Only her aunt Hermione suspects how sinister this is, but will retrieving the locket save her niece? By the time anyone sees what effect the ghostly influence on Rowan is having, it may be too late for her. if the child who takes her place in the family isn’t Rowan, Rowan may be somewhere else not quite like our world…
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A great ghost story from a master of horror!
I read this book as a paperback probably three years before Netflix adapted it into a movie. It’s not the first book I’ve ever read by Ramsey Campbell; that honor goes to his short story collection Waking Nightmares, which is the only other book I have read by him. For horror fans, I couldn’t recommend both books more strongly if I tried! While it’s shorter than 300 pages as a paperback book, Waking Nightmares is a wonderful collection of 19 marvelous, disturbing tales of horror. And The Influence is perfect for fans of old-fashioned ghost stories! The movie is quite a good movie, even better than I thought it would be, but as is the case with most movies based on books, it can’t hold a candle to this eerie, terrifying book! If you’re not crazy about British horror tales, skip this. But, if you love scary stories written by some amazing authors from England, you’ll relish every chilling page of this book. I must caution readers, though: No matter how late you stay up with this book, READ WITH THE LIGHTS ON!!!