Hell Train by Christopher Fowler

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Imagine there was a classic supernatural chiller that Hammer Films never made. A grand epic produced at the studio’s peak, which played like a cross between the Dracula and Frankenstein films and Dr Terror’s House Of Horrors...Four passengers meet on a train journey through Eastern Europe during the First World War, and face a mystery that must be solved if they are to survive.
As the Arkangel races through the war-torn countryside, they must find out: What is in the casket that everyone is so afraid of? What is the tragic secret of the veiled Red Countess who travels with them? Why is their fellow passenger the army brigadier so feared by his own men? And what exactly is the devilish secret of the Arkangel itself?
Bizarre creatures, satanic rites, terrified passengers and the romance of travelling by train, all in a classically styled horror novel.

About Christopher Fowler

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CHRISTOPHER FOWLER is a Londoner born (in Greenwich) and bred. For many years he jointly owned and ran one of the UK's top film marketing companies. He is the author of many novels and short story collections, from the urban unease of cult fictions such as "Roofworld" and "Spanky," the horror-pastiche of "Hell Train" to the much-praised and award-winning "Bryant and May" series of detective novels -- and his critically acclaimed first volume of autobiography, "Paperboy." He lives in King's Cross.
Published December 23, 2011 by Solaris. 320 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The narrative shifts to a story within the story, as an unnamed young girl ignores the warning message on the same game, and then to the conceit of the game itself: a disparate group of desperate people in 1916 Carpathia board a mysterious midnight train to an unknown destination.

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New York Journal of Books

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Despite adhering to the stiff and proper structure of the time, Christopher Fowler finds a handful of opportunities to stealthy infuse the story with a bit of understated wit and humor, such as when Isabella explains her mother’s death to her traveling companion by noting that her mother “suffere...

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Starburst Magazine

Fans of Hammer will love Hell Train, Christopher Fowler’s homage to the glory days of the Britain’s greatest horror movie studio.

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Sci-Fi Bulletin

If you’re a fan of the movies produced at the height of the Hammer horror boom in the 1960s, you should adore this loving pastiche of their tropes and style, in what on the surface feels as if it’s a novelisation of a missing script, but underneath is much more.

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This is Horror

I also grew up watching Hammer horror films and reading Christopher Fowler’s fine short story collections and novels, which brings us very neatly indeed to Hell Train.] The combination of Fowler and Hammer, topped off with Humphreys’ delicious cover, both wins over and sets expectations high with...

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