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eBook The Dead of Winter ePub

by Chris Priestley

  • ISBN: 1599907453
  • Category: Literature and Fiction
  • Subcategory: Teens
  • Author: Chris Priestley
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Childrens; 1 edition (January 31, 2012)
  • Pages: 224
  • ePub book: 1249 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1896 kb
  • Other: mbr txt lrf lit
  • Rating: 4.3
  • Votes: 150

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Chris Priestley’s Favourite Spinechillers. Creative Tips for Writing Creepy Stories. A Conversation with the Author. Also by Chris Priestley. My name is Michael: Michael Vyner

Chris Priestley’s Favourite Spinechillers. My name is Michael: Michael Vyner. I’m going to tell you something of my life and of the strange events that have brought me to where I now sit, pen in hand, my heartbeat hastening at their recollection. I hope that in the writing down of these things I will grow to understand my own story a little better and perhaps bring some comforting light to the still-dark, whispering recesses of my memory

Chris Priestley is the author of the spine-tingling Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror, Tales of Terror from the Black Ship .

Chris Priestley is the author of the spine-tingling Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror, Tales of Terror from the Black Ship and Mister Creecher. Chris is also an illustrator, painter, and cartoonist. The Dead of Winter is quite the chilling tale! I do feel as though it would be better geared for younger readers since the main character is so young, but all the same, seriously creeped me out as I stayed up reading this one late into the night. Priestley definitely knows how to put a scare into you! Michael is now sadly left with no family due to the recent events of his parents death.

It was starting to feel as though some monstrous joke was being played on me: to have the benefit of a wealthy benefactor, but to find that benefactor seemingly a step away from the madhouse.

It was starting to feel as though some monstrous joke was being played on me: to have the benefit of a wealthy benefactor, but to find that benefactor seemingly a step away from the madhouse od was a guardian who was so deranged? What crazy purpose did he have for me at that house and how long must I wait to discover it? I breakfasted alone the following morning. Clarence waited for me in the hall now, expecting to be patted before I went into the dining room. I was happy to oblige

The Dead of Winter book. The Dead of Winter is full of frightening scenes and these moments wouldn't have worked without Priestley's truly creepy descriptions

The Dead of Winter book. The Dead of Winter is full of frightening scenes and these moments wouldn't have worked without Priestley's truly creepy descriptions. The book played out as a movie in my head and left me terrified. I can't say much without spoiling it, but one of the scenes involving the priest's hole scared the crap out of me.

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Michael Vyner recalls a terrible story, one that happened to him. One that would be unbelievable if it weren't true!Michael's parents are dead and he imagines that he will stay with the kindly lawyer, executor of his parents' wil. ntil he is invited to spend Christmas with his guardian in a large and desolate country house. To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

Chris Priestley is the author of the spine-tingling Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror,Tales of Terror from the Black Ship and Tales of Terror from the Tunnel's Mouth.

SPOILER ALERT! My book was about Michael Vyner the protagonist, who parents died in a car crash life changed forever. Chris Priestley is the author of the spine-tingling Uncle Montague's Tales of Terror,Tales of Terror from the Black Ship and Tales of Terror from the Tunnel's Mouth. His other books include New World, The White Rider, Redwulf's Curse and Death and The Arrow. Chris is also an illustrator, painter and cartoonist. He lives in Cambridge.

Title: The Dead of Winter. Author: Chris Priestley

Title: The Dead of Winter. Author: Chris Priestley. Genre: Gothic, Horror, Historical, Young Adult. Publisher: Bloomsbury (US & UK) Publication Date: January 2012 Hardcover: 218 pages. Chris Priestley’s novel has many similarities to the aforementioned The Woman In Black – both are retrospectively narrated; both are preoccupied with spectral appearances, haunted marshland manors in a post-Victorian England; and of course, both feature a lurking, pervasive sense of malevolent evil from beyond the grave. Most importantly, just as I did with The Woman In Black, I absolutely loved the ominous, traditional ghost story of The Dead of Winter.

Michael's parents are dead and he imagines that he will stay with the kindly lawyer, executor of his parents' will. Until he is invited to spend Christmas with his guardian in a large and desolate country house.

Chris Priestley (born 1958) is an award-winning British children's book author and illustrator. He lives in Cambridge, England. Chris Priestley grew up in Wales and Gibraltar, where as a nine-year-old, he won a medal in a local newspaper's story-writing competition. In 1976, after spending his teens in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, he left to study illustration at Manchester Polytechnic, leaving in 1980 to freelance in London.

The Dead of Winter is essentially a gothic novel aimed at middle school students. The desolate house to which the protagonist is sent is haunted by two ghosts and a malevolent shadow spirit. These beings make it a work of supernatural fiction. After his mother dies, Michael finds himself wandering the halls of Hawton Mere at Christmas, where dark and sinister secrets of the past still haunt the house and its inhabitants.

After Michael's parents die, he is invited to stay with his guardian in a desolate country house. He begins to suspect something is not quite right on the day he arrives when he spots a mysterious woman out in the frozen mists. But little can prepare him for the solitude of the house itself. His guardian is rarely seen, and there's a malevolent force lurking in an old hallway mirror. As the chilling suspense builds, Michael realizes that the house and its grounds harbor many more secrets-both dead and alive.

Comments

Ger Ger
a great little ghost story! You can't go wrong with Chris Priestly. My 11 year old daughter discovered his book at Books a Million. She started with Tales of Terror from the Black Ship and hasn't looked back. I have read a few of them myself and have been pleasantly surprised at how good his books are.
Venemarr Venemarr
Good book for a 12 year old to read. Easy to read with a good story line. Worth every penny.
SupperDom SupperDom
Great author
Ishnjurus Ishnjurus
not what my son thought it would be had a hard time following it and it was required reading for school
Soustil Soustil
I could not help but think of The Woman in Black the whole time reading this and finding comparisons. Mostly because The Woman in Black recently came out on film and because there are a lot of similarities. But this book was written for a younger crowed, more 12-15 years of age.

Characters: I liked all of the characters in this novel. I thought that Michael was very brave and that the lawyer was above and beyond nice by taking him into his home. Michael is not afraid to ask questions and as most people are, very curious about the mysterious things and people he begins to see.

Originality: There was not much that was particularly original about the story, But the main ideas that it is a young man solving the mystery and that he seems to have more guts than the adults do around him was a nice change of pace. Michael was everything a reader looks for in a good main character for a mystery setting. He asks the right questions at the right time and determined to find an answer.

Plot: Michael's life is thrown upside down when his mother dies and leaves him orphaned. He is told at the funeral that he will now be living with Sir Stephen Clarendon and moved to his country estate. Upon arrival he begins to hear the whisperings of the help and staff of the haunting and rumors and stories of suicide. And then it's not long before he starts seeing them himself, through the windows and the mirrors and decides that he wants answers to this mystery.

Writing: Set in Victorian England this story has a Gothic overtone along with the suspenseful mystery of the plot. Although the poltergeist is meant to be more of a lean towards a horror novel, beyond being creepy I do not believe it will cause any nightmares, even for younger readers. It is a shorter book that can easily be read in a day or two and ideas that are geared towards younger readers.

Rating: I have never read anything by this author before. I think that the writing is more for the younger readers and tweens. The scare factor of the story can be enjoyed by people of all ages. Although I never lost any sleep over it, I did have moments where the hair on the back of my neck stood up. For younger readers I would rate this story 4 stars. The concepts and writing are easy to follow and the shortness of the book still falls into the novel range, but engaging enough that reluctant readers will keep reading. For teen readers or older this story may seem a little simplistic, the plot can be easily followed but it really made for a great weekend read for me. I think that readers would also enjoy reading The Poisoned House. Same Gothic feeling, with a female main character and a great ghost story as well.
Obong Obong
The Dead of Winter is quite the chilling tale! I do feel as though it would be better geared for younger readers since the main character is so young, but all the same, seriously creeped me out as I stayed up reading this one late into the night. Priestley definitely knows how to put a scare into you!

Michael is now sadly left with no family due to the recent events of his parents death. Luckily, his father had connections and a wealthy friend has decided to become his guardian and take him in. Micheal really doesn't want to live with this stranger, knowing nothing about him, but he really doesn't have a choice, and if he screws it up, he'll have to go live in a home. He certainly doesn't want that. I felt so much pity for him, being so young and having nobody to turn to. So unfortunate.

It was on his way to his new home when it first happened. He seen a woman on the side of the road in desperate need of help. Michael was the only one to notice and got them to stop only to find the woman had gone. Being in the country, where could she have gone? Tossing it up to the fact that he was just exhausted and saddened by his recent losses, they figured he just thought he seen someone. Nobody could've been there.

Once Michael arrived, it was explained that it was an old house and the plumbing made lots of noises. Creepy noises. He also had to deal with his guardian always being locked up in his room. He thought this was odd as well. But it was when he heard noises coming from behind the wall with the secret passageway that got to him the most. And when everyone told him it was all in his head, he didn't believe any of them. He knew. Michael knew better than that. Just because he was a kid didn't mean that he didn't know what he was talking about. So when his guardian finally told him that he heard them too and that there really were things behind that door to the passageway and the story behind it, Michael's whole world changed. If only he knew what he was in for.