Nyctophobia (Paperback)

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If you're looking for typical Christopher'll not find
it here. A departure from his "witty" Bryant and May
escapades, this is a haunted house story. It's the story of Callie,
an architect and her husband Mateo, a wine importer, and their
newly-purchased beautiful old house named Hyperion House, set in the
south of Spain. The house comes with an elderly housekeeper, a mute
gardener, and sealed, dark servant's quarters. While attempting to
write a book about the the unique structure of the house, Callie
begins to explore the house and soon believes she hears and sees
beings sealed in the darkened servant's quarters. Are they real? Or
just her imagination? Sally and I have both read Nyctophobia, and we
agree, Fowler can write "spooky" just as well as "witty." 

— Brenda


An original thriller from bestselling author Christopher Fowler that reinventing the haunted house story.

Newly-married architect Callie and her wealthy husband Mateo move to Hyperion House, a grand old home in southern Spain. It's an eccentric place built in front of a cliff: serene and beautiful, but eerily symmetrical, and cunningly styled so that half the house is flooded with light, and half - locked up and neglected - is shrouded in darkness. Unemployed and feeling isolated in a foreign country, Callie determines to research the history of the curious building.

But the past is sometimes best left alone. Uncovering the folklore of the house's strange history, Callie is drawn into darkness and delusion. As a teenager Callie was afraid of the dark, and now with her adolescent nyctophobia returning she becomes convinced there's someone in the darkened rooms. Somewhere in the darkness lies the truth about Hyperion House.

But some doors should never be opened.

About the Author

Born in Greenwich, London, Christopher Fowler is the multi-award winning author of the lauded Bryant & May Peculiar Crimes Unit mystery novels. Solaris published his horror novel Hell Train in 2012 and Plastic in 2013. He is a regular columnist for both The Independent on Sunday and The Financial Times.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781781082119
ISBN-10: 1781082111
Publisher: Solaris
Publication Date: October 7th, 2014
Pages: 312
Language: English