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En el año 1645 en una Inglaterra dividida por la guerra entre los partidarios de Cronwell y los del rey Carlos Hubert Leyton un pacífico caballero puritano es escogido para una mi. An interesting little Weird novel 1914 rescued from obscurity Dedicated to MR James this was the work of Arthur Reed Ropes 1859 1933 a Cambridge don writing under a pseudonymShort version who would enjoy this book James fans probably as while it is decidedly not an English Ghost Story in the master s form it reads as a gloomy adventure novel documenting the kind of events that would have formed the historical foundation discovered no doubt by an antiuarian for the events in a James tale Fans of Robert E Howard s Solomon Kane character might also find this tale of a Puritan swordsman battling loathsome evil to be somewhat resonant although this is less action based than Howard s work Those who are looking for a different kind of historical adventure novel or are interested in stories set during the English Civil War might also find much to enjoy but it should be stated that these elements are mere backdrop to what is in essence a moody Gothic Curse storyLonger version In 1645 Hubert Leyton a Puritan swordsman and scholar visits the remote seaside town of Marsham to convince his rebellious cousin the Earl of Deeping to cease enmities with Cromwell and the local peasants But the Earl dwelling in a rotting stone castle surrounded with disgruntled soldiers and assisted by a treacherous Italian woman who practices sorcery is suffering under a strange family curse involving a seeming gelatinous creature that dwells in a fetid pit in the sea marsh Leyton is held at the castle and must bear witness to the increasing distress of his mad cousin as hemmed in by Roundhead forces they eventually find themselves under monstrous siegeNow that synopsis may make the book sound action packed than it actually is In truth while there is some small battle a duel and destructive catastrophe the book is concerned with its gloomy brooding tone of dissolute gentry under duress and its atmospheric setting in a run down isolated castle on a bleak misty seaside salt marsh I found it effective but not overly engaging there are some memorable moments an occult ritual that goes awry utilizing something akin to a Hand of Glory the initial siege scene with gray slime oozing through the walls the somber and desperate Last Supper and the atmosphere grey skies storms misty vistas is top notch But our lead being a dedicated if not overzealous Puritan is a bit of a drip if pleasingly clear headed and honorable fun are The Earl slowly cracking under the pressure and his consort Signorina Fiammetta Bardi an Italian woman with some sorcerous knowledge and a touch of the Borgias about her Two interesting aspects the religious underpinning of the book while important is not overstated and could honestly be called subdued Likewise the detail and motivation let alone the actual physicalityactuality of the creature is never expounded upon That it is real we are not to doubt but there is no expositional segment which lays out its origins So in the end an interesting readI read the text as part of the Uncanny Banuet Great Tales of the Supernatural anthology I was prepping it for eventual inclusion in the WEIRD ADVENTURE NOVEL MEGAPACK from WILDSIDE PRESS

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The Hole of the Pit

Na maldición infernal el amor de una joven en peligro las brujerías satánicas de una bella hechicera italiana y al propio Conde un personaje trágico capaz de desafiar al Infiern. What an atmospheric horror masterpiece Just almost at the top with Black Spirits and White of Ralph Adams Cram The horrific entity that lurks inside the marshes and filth almost as if it was a representation of the subconscious beast that lurks inside our innermost dark places of our mind

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Sión sagrada y suicida Deberá viajar al castillo maldito de su primo el Conde de Marsham para poner fin a sus rapiñas Allí encontrará un ejército de mercenarios encallecidos u. Este es un libro ue me llam la atenci n por su sinopsis Fue escrito hace bastantes a os y era una supuesta obra maestra del terror as ue me decid a probar su experiencia Y buenoNarrada en primera persona esta novela se encuadra creo en Gran Breta a all por el siglo XVII o XVIII Ah nos encontramos con el protagonista y narrador ue es un joven noble ue decide viajar a poner paz a un reino donde el caballero ue es su primo y sus soldados est n enfrentados con los campesinos continuamente humillados y hartos de su soberbiaPero el protagonista ser retenido contra su voluntad en el castillo cercado por una laguna oscura protagonista de cuentos de viejas sobre un monstruo ue habita all abajo En plena contienda y entre actos de brujer a y hechicer a se desencadenar n ciertos actos ue har n ue el miedo aumente entre los soldadosLa verdad es ue si tenemos en cuenta ue la novela est narrada en primera persona y ue el narrador la cuenta en pasado podemos deducir ue pese a todo lo ue le vaya ocurriendo al final sale con vida pues ah est contando todo lo ue le ocurri y no parece ue lo est haciendo desde el M s All precisamenteEst escrito con un lenguaje y un estilo propios de la era victoriana pero uiz s podr a hacerse pasar por una obra de hace varios siglos pues tiene ese estilo lento y ese miedo de cart n piedra ue hoy como mucho me hace bostezarHay ue tener en cuenta el m rito de escribir un libro de terror ue en su poca ser a una obra magna pero a m no me ha despertado ning n sentimiento de terror ni mucho menos uien uiera probar ah est el libro es breve y entretenido en cierto modo


10 thoughts on “The Hole of the Pit

  1. says:

    An interesting little Weird novel 1914 rescued from obscurity Dedicated to MR James this was the work of Arthur Reed Ropes 1859 1933 a Cambridge don writing under a pseudonymShort version who would enjoy this book? James fans probably as while it is decidedly not an English Ghost Story in the master's form — it reads as

  2. says:

    La lectura de uno de estos grandes clásicos del terror es complicada Uno la afronta con la ilusión de meterse de lleno en una historia atemporal de lo sobrenatural y lo macabro y luego se encuentra con una narración ue si bien mantiene todas las cualidades del género en especial del gótico no consigue hacerte temblar como esperabas De

  3. says:

    An excellent tale Very readable and ignoring its seventeenth century setting very contemporary feelingRamsey Campbell mentions Hodgso

  4. says:

    Adrian Ross seudónimo de Arthur Reed Ropes escribió una única obra de ficción 'El agujero del infierno' actualmente considerada un clásico del género de terror sobrenaturalLa historia transcurre en 1645 durante la guerra civil inglesa entre los partidarios de Cromwell y los del rey El protagonista Hubert Leyton es un joven erudito ue prefiere mantenerse al margen de esta disputa Un día recibe la visita de Eldad Pentry ha

  5. says:

    Sí bien comienza con bastante interés y una atmosfera tétrica barra misteriosa La última mitad del libro se desinfla para dar paso a la convivencia en un castillo asediado centrado en el amor y ego del Conde Co

  6. says:

    Este es un libro ue me llamó la atención por su sinopsis Fue escrito hace bastantes años y era una supuesta obra maestra del terror así ue me decidí a probar su experiencia Y buenoNarrada en primera persona esta novela se encuadra creo en

  7. says:

    What an atmospheric horror masterpiece Just almost at the top with Black Spirits and White of Ralph Adams Cram The horrific entity that lurks inside the marshes and filth almost as if it was a representation of the subconscious beast that lurk

  8. says:

    Intriga hasta el final pero no mucho más

  9. says:

    So there's this stretch of sea And in it is a pit And in the pit is a hole You'd think a hole and a pit would be one and the same but apparently they aren't And in the pit isSomething And your job as a reader is to slog thru 125 pa

  10. says:

    Medio medio terro clásico pero muy trillado