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Deathbell

Novel by Guy N Smith (England) 1980.

The long deserted Caelogy Hall in the small village of Turbury has new residents. Martyn Hamilton keeps his gates locked, installs a fierce alsatian and shuns all contact with the village. He also installs a bell in his chapel, a bell which rings with a frequency that jars the senses, changes peoples' character and brings on brain haemorrhage and death. Even the deaf are able to hear it. People start dying, going insane and nothing they can do seems to have any effect on their chances to stop the bell.

Every so often a book turns up that seems to have everything. It starts with an original premise, follows traditional rules requiring something out of the ordinary being thrust onto the ordinary, and then records the subsequent events in just the right amount of detail, at just the right pace and for just the right length. This type of classic doesn't appear too often, but when one does, it is worth grabbing and reading again and again. This is an excellent example and of Guy Smith's mixed output, one of his very best. One sequel: the inferior Demons (1987).


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