HE CAME FROM THE SHADOWS by Chris Westwood

HE CAME FROM THE SHADOWS

Age Range: 12 - 15

KIRKUS REVIEW

 Ragged, grinning Mr. Stands knows your deepest wishes and-- horribly--wants to grant them. Jules Dwyer, 15, has been as gloomy as everyone else in Eastfield since the colliery closed. Now Mr. Stands arrives and turns things around: dingy houses look brighter, new bikes, cars, and appliances appear as if by magic, and Jules meets beautiful, mysterious new classmate Rachel. Stands, saying he's just beginning, promises a Big Day soon. Haunted by terrifying dreams, Jules and Rachel rightly suspect that a malign force lies behind the town's sudden good fortune. When Jules's sister Laurie disappears, his search for her takes him into an old mine that Stands--feeding in some eldritch way on the little girl's hyperactive imagination--plans to reopen with the resurrected bodies of miners who have died there. Westwood uses every tool in the horror novelist's kit: atmospheric language, forebodings, in sinister toys, marching zombies, and a Bad Guy who explodes at the climax into a cloud of loathsome, batlike creatures. When Laurie finally turns her imaginative powers against Stands and wishes him gone, he vanishes--and so does Rachel. A macabre story (this British author's first YA book) with a memorable title character and a riveting first chapter. (Fiction. 12-15)

Pub Date: April 15th, 1991
ISBN: 0-06-021658-1
Page count: 217pp
Publisher: HarperCollins
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: March 15th, 1991




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