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Sleep No More: Railway, Canal and Other Stories of the Supernatural (Pocket Classics)


Sleep No More: Railway, Canal and Other Stories of the Supernatural (Pocket Classics)

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    Available in PDF Format | Sleep No More: Railway, Canal and Other Stories of the Supernatural (Pocket Classics).pdf | English
    L. T. C. Rolt(Author)
This book contains 15 tales of the supernatural from L.T.C. Rolt, author of 'Landscape with Machines' and 'Narrow Boat'. Stories include 'The House of Vengeance', 'The Garside Fell Disaster', 'The Mine', and 'Mountaineer'.
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  • PDF | 144 pages
  • L. T. C. Rolt(Author)
  • Sutton Publishing Ltd; New edition edition (1 May 1996)
  • English
  • 7
  • Fiction
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  • By Mr. Stuart Miller on 20 March 2017

    If you like MR James then you'll love this, although, as Susan Hill points out in her introduction, Rolt is no mere imitator. Rolt is best known for his railwayana and he draws on all his industrial background to add authority and atmosphere to his stories.

  • By Pw on 9 October 2016

    Surprisingly creepy and unsettling tales from an author more noted for his seminal non-fiction work.

  • By RIJU GANGULY on 9 November 2010

    This collection by L.T.C Rolt (one of the persons responsible for keeping the Inland Waterways in UK alive) is one of the greatest collection of ghost stories written in the style or tradition of M.R. James. The most important feature of these stories are their industrial or otherwise local background which firmly establish them in their unique setting, rather than making them afloat against an antiquarian background favoured by other Jamesian authors. The stories are:The twelve stories in Sleep No More are: 1. The Mine 2. The Cat Returns 3. Bosworth Summit Pound 4. New Corner 5. Cwm Garon 6. A Visitor at Ashcombe 7. The Garside Fell Disaster 8. World's End 9. Hear Not My Steps 10. Agony of Flame 11. Hawley Bank Foundry 12. Music Hath Charms 13. The Shouting in The Thrill of Horror 14. The House of VengeanceI recommend this book to all lovers of ghost story or "weird fiction". History Press has done a great job in reissuing this lost classic, since other editions (esp. the Ash Tree Press edition) are sadly out-of-print.

  • By Dodwell on 19 February 2011

    I purchased a copy of this book some years ago when I first moved onto a narrowboat to live and the subtle terror of the stories gripped me then and I have never quite shaken off the feeling.Rolt knew his stuff and, from his background of all things mechanical and nautical, he has produced a finely crafted set of stories which alarm and disturb as all "spooky" stories should. Tom Rolt was heavily involved in canals and canal folk- in fact, if it had not been for him and his good lady Sylvia and a few dedicated friends, the canals would more than likely have been lost to us forever.He writes about what he knows in a very fine and precise fashion and tells a rattling good tale into the bargain. If you like M R James or E Nesbit, this volume is for you.

  • By Martin Fielding on 2 September 2012

    An introduction by Susan Hill already bodes well for the quality of these stories and they do not disappoint - certain of them are very derivative of James and, like James, there is some repetition of ideas (perhaps because these were written as individual short stories for magazines rather than for publication together?) but they are none the worse for that. It is where he tries something more modern that he really excels, like in the terrific New Corner, where you can almost smell the motor engine oil of the racetrack and one gets a real sense of menace.

  • By A. Jones on 29 August 2011

    A very gripping read, very difficult to put down. Each short story is unique. Highly recommended. In the vein of the great M R James.

  • By Duncan M. Wilmot on 28 November 2015

    Bought this edition of the book, to replace an earlier edition of the book, which I 'lost'?The cover as much as contents, attracted me, as had the cover of the one I 'lost'?Which had a Victorian print of Old Gloucester Docks at night, on the cover?

  • By mike on 30 December 2014

    Intriguing ghost stories from a man who played a great part in saving many of the inland waterways of Britain and was a leading light in the preservation of many of the 'Little Trains of Wales' lines.He was obviously a lover of the Welsh Marches, as I am.A good value pairing.Mike

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