By Phil Rickman
A supernatural thriller exploring the darker part of rural existence in a distant Welsh mountain village, the place primal fears and historical longings hang-out the current day
Corpse-candles. Phantom funerals. The poultry of dying. It used to be insidious . . .
For Bethan, the schoolteacher, the previous superstitions woven into the social textile of her West Wales village are primitive and distasteful, that is why she's happy to welcome the subtle rookies: London journalist Giles Freeman and his spouse Claire. absolutely they are going to enable in a few clean air. however the Freemans are willing to soak up this assorted tradition, a complete new lifestyle, rejecting the recommendation of an previous colleague who warns them of a troublesome and sour land the place they have consistently danced at the fringe of the abyss. They quickly research that this group hides an old, bloody, and pagan secret—one that might hang-out them forever.
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Besides, he doubted the laughter was intended to be offensive. They were not hostile in the village—yes, all right, they insisted on speaking Welsh in public all the time, as if none of them understood anything else. But he could handle that. As long as they didn't get in his way. "Torch," he'd demanded. "Flashlight. " "Well . " Aled Gruffydd, the landlord, had pondered the question as he pulled a pint of beer, slow and precise as doctor drawing a blood sample. The big man, Morgan somebody, or somebody Morgan, had said, very deadpan, "No flashlights here.
It was about two feet longer than the effigy. The inscription in stone identified its occupant as Sir Robert Meredydd. An obscure figure. If indeed, thought Ingley, he had ever existed. The main inscription, he was now convinced, had been done later, the slab cemented to the side of the tomb; he could see an ancient crack where something had gone amiss, been repaired. He put away rule, notebook, pen, spectacles. Picked up his torch from the knight's armoured belly. Got you now, friend. Yes. For a moment, in the heat of certainty, all his principles deserted him and he wanted to tear the tomb open, take up a sledgehammer or something and smash his way in.
Don't be stupid," he said aloud, but quietly. He often gave himself instructions. " Followed the torchbeam to the door, which he knew would be unlocked. "A hospice, sanctuary I suppose you would say, in medieval times," Elias ap Siencyn had told him. " Impressive man, ap Siencyn, strong character and strong face, contoured like the bark of an old tree. Too often these days one went to consult a minister about the history of his church to be met by a person in a soft dog collar and jeans who knew nothing of the place, claiming Today's Church was about people, not architecture.
Candlenight by Phil Rickman