From world renowned horror author Ramsey Campbell (Alone with the Horrors, Ancient Images) comes a frightening new psychological horror novella, third book in the ongoing Black Labyrinth imprint illustrated by Santiago Caruso.
Kiefer is desperate for a job when he comes upon an opening at a curious bookstore in England, BOOKS ARE LIFE. He approaches the owner for a job and gets it, learning quickly that the owner is stranger than the books that he sells in the shop. As he continues to help the bookstore’s transition to the internet, he discovers oddities in the shop and has increasingly strange visions and encounters.
This bookstore is very unique, like its owner, and it will bring to Kiefer the most intense and revealing era of his life. From master storyteller Ramsey Campbell comes this brooding and frightening psychological horror novella accompanied by five original color illustrations by Santiago Caruso.
“As the dread builds, the effect is dizzying, claustrophobic, and very scary. Prescribing to his own rule of ‘avoiding what’s been done to death’, The Booking shows Campbell in top form with a strange and creepy tale that lingers long after the last page is turned.” – This is Horror
“Ramsey held me throughout (The Booking) with his usual mixture of paranoia, word play, psychology, and human relationships. With books at the heart of things, I will add this to my still-growing pile of ‘favourites.'” – Dread Central
“The Booking is a novella that packs more creepy and unearthly writing into a small package than most full-length novels ever hope to achieve.” – The Horror Zine
“Highly recommended for lovers of psychological horror and of books.” – Monster Librarian
“(The Booking is) much more than a single tome. You’ll read it twice or more, on each occasion with a different sensation, a different takeaway conclusion, and a renewed appreciation of Campbell’s great mastery of English prose and multi-layered fiction. I loved every word of it.” – Gary Fry, author of Savage and Menace