The Ritual by Adam Nevill

The Ritual

Adam Nevill

The experience of being lost in a primaeval forest awakens our most basic fears. Except for the demand of the genre for a real and present evil, the psychological terrors and the unlikelihood of survival could suffice to grip your heart. The Odinist evil of the black metal band Blood Frenzy is a chilling echo of Anders Behring Breivik. Intelligent and very scary.

Extract

From the very core of each of them, their ancestors seemed to cry out in inarticulate voices. Right then, they screamed in alarm from times before symbols and language could depict such things that hunted and meant murder. Luke believed they were returned, in this cold and in this dark, to a place and into the presence of something from earth's dawn. Or another, even older place than that.

Parallels
  • Little Black Book of Stories by A S Byatt
  • Amaryllis Night and Day by Russell Hoban
  • The Waiting Room by F G Cottam

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