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The Grin of the Dark by Ramsey Campbell
Cover Artist: Jupiter Images/CSA Images
Review by Christine Kimmel
Tor Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765319395
Date: 08 July 2008 List Price $25.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

On the face of it, The Grin of the Dark author Ramsey Campbell appears to be merely employing one of the golden rules of the Horror genre: When in doubt, send in the clowns. However, while some Horror masters simply resort to this rule as a cure for writer's block, Campbell utilizes the time-honored scary-clown tradition to explore the fascinating connection between academia and insanity.

From official release/information:

Product Description: A former professor offers film critic Simon the chance of a lifetime—to write a book on one of the greatest long-lost comedians of the silent-film era, Tubby Thackeray. Simon is determined to find out the truth behind the jolly fat man's disappearance from film—and from the world. Tubby's work carries the unmistakable stamp of the macabre. People literally laughed themselves to death during his performances. Soon, wherever Simon goes, laughter—and a clown's wide, threatening grin—follow. Is Simon losing his mind? Or is Tubby Thackeray waiting for him to open the door back to the world?

(Source: Tor Books)

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