A novella. Cover art by Pete Von Sholly.
“The most famous Victorian rarity may be a stamp — the Penny Black — but it is several times more common than the rarest Victorian book. It is possible that no copy of The Revelation of Gla’aki still exists anywhere in the world. The most evil book, or a lost contribution to the literature of occultism? Like the contents of the Library of Alexandria, it may have passed into legend...”
So wrote Leonard Fairman, the Brichester University archivist, but he couldn’t have dreamed of the response. His essay has hardly appeared online before he’s offered a copy of the book. All he has to do is stay overnight in the Northern coastal town of Gulshaw – at least, that’s his plan. What else is there to keep him in the town, even if its slogan is So Much More to See? Why are there so many people on the beach at night, and in the sea? Why does he have to use such a circuitous route to find his prize, and why do the people he encounters seem to share a secret? What keeps giving him dreams of a stone cocoon voyaging through space and falling to earth? Each of the volumes he reads brings him closer to a revelation, but perhaps it will be on him before he sees it coming...
Ramsey Campbell first saw print more than fifty years ago, with tales that reflected his love of H. P. Lovecraft’s work. His first book The Inhabitant of The Lake was rooted in Lovecraft, and the definitive edition is published by PS Publishing. Now Campbell returns to his own Lovecraftian territory and reshapes it in terms of Lovecraft’s vision in this new novella.
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."