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Garth Marenghi’s TerrorTome: Dreamweaver, Doomsage, Sunday Times bestseller

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Many of these quotes and samples are lifted from pages and pages worth of back and forth and hilarious writing. It’s just as good as the tv show and I frequently found myself laughing out loud, it’s everything a fan of Garth Marenghi could want and I’d highly recommend it. Legend has it that there was an earlier text (legend is correct, btw); one that contained a story so horrid, so gruesome, that Hodder's initial printing was marked 'To be Pulped' and the manuscript subsequently revised to appeal to a weaker-minded and, frankly, staggeringly ill-informed general public. What could be the outcome of Dark Place going viral, in ink, splashed over the white sheets of a publishers percale egyptian weave (more than paper) or thick twill with it's highly distinctive diagonal weave with parallel ribbing? I do hope there is more to come the parody of the golden age of horror novels it both ridiculous and completely believable.

Horrormeister Garth Marenghi makes a triumphant comeback with three linked tales of shuddersome, mind-bending fear . I couldn't get the footnotes to work on my Kindle and some of the redirects appeared to leave me in an alternate dimension, but I guess I should have expected that.Given that Jacinta had yet to forgive me for press-ganging our daughter into an early proofreading career, it would hardly come as a surprise to her if I suddenly recommenced hostilities out of the blue. But Matthew Holness, the man behind the mask, stayed true to billing, with a first half of excerpts from the book, and a second half taking questions from his assembled fans. Garth has been keeping his proverbial cards close to his chest (also proverbial) ever since the cowards that be refused to broadcast his protean vision and delegated it to a brief run in Peru.

Can he and Roz, his frequently incorrect female editor, hunt down these incarnate denizens of Nick's rampaging imaginata before they destroy Stalkford, outer Stalkford and possibly slightly further? The humour is always grounded in the absurdity of both the story itself and egomaniacal nature of the persona writing it. Other than the ridiculous premise, its the little details that make this book work, the quirks that situate us into Marenghi's eighties machismo sensibilities.The superb voice acting for the various characters adds an extra layer of comedy to an already very funny book. All who criticize or question him will end up dead, usually after a long speech of apology detailing why Garth, err… Nick, was right all along. These stories continue with Nick as the protagonist, but deal with an ongoing arc of fighting the demons he directly unleashed from his imagination. She may well have whispered ‘I’ll miss you,’ once I’d gone, but as this is first-person narrative and therefore not omniscient, we just don’t know.

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