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In the spring of 1936, horror writer H.P. Lovecraft is broke, living alone in a creaky old house and deathly ill. At the edge of a nervous breakdown, he hires a personal assistant, Arthor Crandle. As the novel opens, Crandle arrives at Lovecraft's home with no knowledge of the writer or his work but is soon drawn into his distinctly unnerving world: the malevolent presence that hovers on the landing; the ever-shining light from Lovecraft's study, invisible from the street; and visions in the night of a white-clad girl in the walled garden. Add to this the arrival of a beautiful woman who may not be exactly what she seems, and Crandle is pulled deeper into the strange world of H.P. Lovecraft (a man known to Crandle only through letters, signed "Ech-Pi"), until Crandle begins to unravel the dark secret at its heart.

A brilliantly written, compelling and deeply creepy novel, The Broken Hours is an irresistible literary ghost story.

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Critical Praise

“Deliciously creepy, heartbreaking and beautiful.” —Esi Edugyan, author of the Giller Prize-winning novel Half-Blood Blues

“It is a perfectly ghastly tale and Baker achieves the double task of mirroring Lovecraft’s own story.” —Toronto Star

“Baker’s characterization is strong, her prose evocative, and the ambiance she creates as creepy as a frigid draft that blows a door shut in an empty house. The pacing is superb.” —Historical Novels Review

“A powerful read, creepy to the point of terrifying and, at times, utterly heartbreaking, graced with both a compelling narrative and a deep, thoughtful substrata.” —Vancouver Sun

“Baker’s prose is absolutely magical.” —Rue Morgue

“A sleek, stylish ghost story.” —Edmonton Journal

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443425667
  • ISBN 10: 1443425664
  • Imprint: HarperAvenue
  • On Sale: 09/23/2014
  • Pages: 320
  • List Price: 26.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Literary

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