Night Relics by James P. Blaylock

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From the dark imagination of James P. Blaylock comes a new, chilling tale of the supernatural.

When Peter Travers moves into an old house in a remote canyon to try to separate himself from his old existence, his wish becomes reality... all too literally. For his wife and son vanish and the people of the idyllic rural town begin to relive the horrors of a nightmarish crime committed one windy autumn, sixty years earlier. Against a backdrop of murder and midnight terror, Peter must contend with the abandoned relics of his own past before he can overcome the dark forces that haunt the canyon and the people he loves.


“NIGHT RELICS is a first rate tale of the supernatural with well drawn characters and plenty of shivery moments” -- Dean Koontz

“Superb characters and setting, in a plot that meshes seamlessly...” -- Kirkus Reviews

“[NIGHT RELICS] ... is marked by good prose, believable dialogue and fine description...” -- Publishers Weekly

About James P. Blaylock

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James P. Blaylock is one of the founding fathers of modern steampunk along with fellow writers and friends Tim Powers and K.W. Jeter. He has won the World Fantasy and Philip K. Dick Awards. Blaylock lives in Orange, CA with his wife - they have two sons.

Author Residence: Orange, California
Published July 24, 2012 by Jabberwocky Literary Agency, Inc.. 376 pages
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Horror. Fiction

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two bodies, a woman's and a child are reported lying in a pool higher up the canyon where Peter lives--but the bodies also vanish.

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Blaylock's characters are subjected to the visitations of unquiet spirits and otherwise frightening events in this good but uneven first ghost-story offering from this award-winning fantasy novelist (

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When his ex-wife Amanda and their son David disappear just before the two are to go on a vacation to Hawaii, Travers's anguish is exacerbated by the appearance of ghostly apparitions, some of whom seem to be Amanda and David, while others are the figures of those involved in the earlier tragedy.

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