by David Mitchell
Editor: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
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Lower Slade Narrow, wet alley and easy to miss, even when you’re looking for itFind the little iron black door in the wall of the right handNo handle, no keyhole, but to the touch it opensEntering the garden sun of an old house that doesn’t quite make sense; too big for the crappy neighborhood, too big for the space it occupiesA stranger welcomes you and invites you insideAt first, you won’t want to leaveLater, you’ll see that you can’tThis uncomfortable, tense and finely woven tale by one of our most original and captivating writers begins in 1979 and comes to its turbulent conclusion around Halloween, 2015Because every nine years, on the last Saturday of October, a “guest” is called to Slade HouseBut why is it that the person chosen, by whom and for what purposeThe answers are waiting in the long attic at the top of the stairs.
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