DARK JOURNEY. New York, Toronto, London, Sydney, Auckland: Bantam Books, . Small octavo, pictorial wrappers. First edition. Bantam 29152-1. "DARK JOURNEY is a remarkable novel, a little less intense than THE AMULET but more rounded and more confidently measured. It is the story of how the lives of two Ewerton inhabitants, Palmer Winston and Palmer Nemmitz, were blighted by their brief encounters with one of the town’s least-favored children, and how that ruination was a legacy of the town’s own sickness. The later phases of the plot reveal an alternate Ewerton to which privileged members of the real town’s populace may go, preserving their own dire legacies even after death so that the occasional living visitor might witness the judgment to which their secrets have brought them. Although it has obvious links with the tradition of 'carnival horror' whose backbone is Charles Finney’s THE CIRCUS OF DR. LAO, Tod Browning’s FREAKS and Ray Bradbury’s SOMETHING WICKED THIS WAY COMES, and certain affinities with the small-town horror novels of Stephen King, there is no other book quite like DARK JOURNEY." - Brian Stableford, Pringle (ed), The St. James Guide to Horror, Ghost & Gothic Writers, p. 416. A highly regarded novel by a reclusive author who never found a substantial audience after Bantam dropped her due to restrictions she demanded on publicizing her books in her home state of Wisconsin. A fine copy. (#161704).
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