World Fantasy Award: Best Novel nominee (1982).
They had taken her daughter into a nightmare world of blood and terror. One phone call from her daughter reawoke all the horrors of Barbara Waughs past. Because Angela had been brutally murdered years ago: shot in the head at point blank range. So if she was still alive after all, where was she? Who had her in their power? Who can help Barbara as she strays into the evil world inhabited by those who have abandoned their names? For this is a world of inhuman torture and bloody murders, of gruesome initiations, locked doors – and unheard screams.
John Ramsey Campbell (born 1946) is a British horror writer.
Since Ramsey Campbell first came to prominence in the mid-1960s, critics have cited Campbell as one of the leading writers in his field: T. E. D. Klein has written that "Campbell reigns supreme in the field today", while S. T. Joshi stated, "future generations will regard him as the leading horror writer of our generation, every bit the equal of Lovecraft or Blackwood."