Also published under the title Unknown Regions.
Locus Award nominee 1997.
is a landscape between reality and dreams, a strange and primitive
country that exists upon the edge of our waking world. Michael Whitlock
knows that country well. His best friends lives there…
begins with a scatter of earth, thrown over the infant by unseen hands,
a haunting attack that is repeated day after day, culminating with an
explosive fall of mud that nearly kills the boy. And found in those
tons of raw, wet earth: flints, chalk artefacts, the remains of a
primitive shrine and the dismembered carcass of a hunting dog.
Whitlock’s house, in the Kentish Weald, stands near a chalk-pit, and it
is here that their son, Michael creates his peculiar imaginary world,
making his camp by the pile of grave-earth from that early
attack. Unaware of what is happening to him, the boy touches and uses
the strange force that now ebbs and flows in the pit. And when the
haunting returns, this time it is more subtle, almost wonderful in its
Torn between a fear of the supernatural and greed for
the results of Michael’s power, his adoptive parents are helpless. It
is left to Francoise Jeury, a psychic investigator, to piece together
the bizarre truth of the pit and the shrine and the oddly silent boy.