THE CALL AND OTHER STORIES by Robert Westall

THE CALL AND OTHER STORIES

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KIRKUS REVIEW

 By a fine, dependable British author whose fiction ranges from sf to WW II-set novels (The Kingdom by the Sea, 1991): six stories partaking of the supernatural. A truant is trapped in a house where the ghostly occupant tests his honesty while offering a deadly bargain; the outrage of an architectural historian provokes the mysterious resurgence of stately ``Denswick Park,'' now converted to new homes. ``Warren, Sharon and Darren'' features a virgin birth of an extraterrestrial, who intriguingly does and doesn't resemble Jesus (he's so embarrassingly precocious that his parents are forced to change his school). ``The Badger'' rises from the dead to persecute the cruel hunter who killed him. Most interesting: the title story, in which the ghost of a murdered woman seeks companionship by telephone; and the intricately plotted ``The Red House Clock,'' which wreaks vengeance on a truly despicable villain--but through the ironic intervention of the narrator's singularly dour father. Solidly spooky fare--well written and imaginative. (Short stories. 12+)

Pub Date: Feb. 1st, 1993
ISBN: 0-670-82484-4
Page count: 128pp
Publisher: Viking
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Jan. 1st, 1993




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