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The Way of the Worm

Author Ramsey Campbell

"With The Way of the Worm, Campbell’s cosmic trilogy comes to a triumphant conclusion." — S.T. Joshi

Book 3 in the Three Births of Daoloth trilogy.

The present day, or something very like it. Dominic Sheldrake has retired from lecturing and lives on his own. His son Toby is married with a small daughter. The occultist Noble family are more active than ever. Their cult now openly operates as the Church of the Eternal Three, and has spread worldwide. The local branch occupies the top floors of Starview Tower, a Liverpool waterfront skyscraper. To Dominic’s dismay, Toby and his wife Claudine are deeply involved in it, and he suspects they are involving their small daughter Macy too.

Dominic lets his son persuade him to attend a meeting of the church, where he encounters all three generations of the Nobles. Although Christian Noble is almost a century old, he’s more vigorous than ever – inhumanly so. The family takes turns to preach an apocalyptic sermon that hints at dark secrets masked by the Bible and at the future that lies in wait. In a bid to investigate further Dominic undergoes the rite the church offers its members, which confers the ability to travel psychically through time. Before he’s able to flee back to the present he has a vision of the monstrous fate that’s in store for the world.

Dominic discovers a secret he’s sure the Nobles won’t want to be made public. Although he has retired from the police, Jim helps him establish the truth, and Roberta publishes it on her online blog. It’s the subject of a court case, the results of which seem to defeat the Nobles, only for them to return in a dreadfully transformed shape. Now Dominic and his friends are at their mercy, and is there anywhere in the world to hide? Even if they manage somehow to deal with the Nobles, there may be no escaping or preventing the alien apocalypse that all the events of the trilogy have been bringing ever closer...

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Product details
Hardback, 256 pages, 98600 words
ISBN: 9781787585683
Series: The Three Births of Daoloth
Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.8 in
Available from 22 Mar 2022
£20.00
Ramsey Campbell

Ramsey Campbell

Ramsey Campbell was born in Liverpool in 1946 and still lives on Merseyside. The Oxford Companion to English Literature describes him as “Britain’s most respected living horror writer”. He has been given more awards than any other writer in the field, including the Grand Master Award of the World Horror Convention, the Lifetime Achievement Award of the Horror Writers Association, the Living Legend Award of the International Horror Guild and the World Fantasy Lifetime Achievement Award. 

In 2015 he was made an Honorary Fellow of Liverpool John Moores University for outstanding services to literature. Among his novels are The Face That Must Die, Incarnate, Midnight Sun, The Count of Eleven, Silent Children, The Darkest Part of the Woods, The Overnight, Secret Story, The Grin of the Dark, Thieving Fear, Creatures of the Pool, The Seven Days of Cain, Ghosts Know, The Kind Folk, Think Yourself Lucky and Thirteen Days by Sunset Beach. Needing Ghosts, The Last Revelation of Gla’aki, The Pretence and The Booking are novellas.

His collections include Waking Nightmares, Alone with the Horrors, Ghosts and Grisly Things, Told by the Dead, Just Behind You and Holes for Faces, and his non-fiction is collected as Ramsey Campbell, Probably. Limericks of the Alarming and Phantasmal are what they sound like. His novels The Nameless and Pact of the Fathers have been filmed in Spain, where a film of The Influence is in production. He is the President of the Society of Fantastic Films.

AWARDS: 

“The Chimney”, World Fantasy Award, Best Short Story, 1978  
“In The Bag”, British Fantasy Award, Best Short Story, 1978 
The Parasite, British Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1980 
“Mackintosh Willy”, World Fantasy Award, Best Short Story, 1980 
Incarnate, British Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1985 
The Hungry Moon, British Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1988  
The Influence, British Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1989 and Premios Gigamesh, 1994 (for Spanish translation, Ultratumba) 
Ancient Images, Children of the Night Award for Best Novel, 1989 
Midnight Sun, British Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1991 
Best New Horror (co-edited with Stephen Jones), British Fantasy Award and World Fantasy Award, Best Anthology or Collection, 1991  
Alone With The Horrors, Stoker Award of the Horror Writers of America, Best Collection, 1994 and World Fantasy Award, Best Collection, 1994 
The Long Lost, British Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 1994 
Liverpool Daily Post & Echo Award for Literature, 1994 
Premio alla Carriera a Ramsey Campbell (Prize for the Career of Ramsey Campbell), Fantafestival, Rome, 1995  
The House On Nazareth Hill, Best Novel, International Horror Guild, 1998 
Grand Master Award, World Horror Convention, Atlanta, Georgia, 1999  
Lifetime Achievement Award of the Horror Writers Association, 1999  
Ghosts And Grisly Things, British Fantasy Award, Best Collection, 1999  
Ramsey Campbell, Probably, Best Non-Fiction, International Horror Guild, 2002 and Stoker Award of the Horror Writers of America, Superior Achievement in Non-Fiction, 2002 and British Fantasy Award, Best Collection, 2002 Told By The Dead, British Fantasy Award, Best Collection, 2003  
Howie Award of the H. P. Lovecraft Film Festival for Lifetime Achievement, 2006 Living Legend Award of the International Horror Guild, 2007 
The Grin Of The Dark, British Fantasy Award, Best Novel, 2008  
Honorary Fellowship of John Moores University, Liverpool, for outstanding services to literature, 2015  
Letters To Arkham, British Fantasy Award, Best Non-Fiction, 2015  
Life Achievement Award, World Fantasy Awards, 2015  
The Searching Dead, Children of the Night Award for Best Novel, 2016 
Premio Sheridan Le Fanu for Campbell’s career, 2017 (given in Madrid)

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