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The Croquet Player:  A Dark Fantasy

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The Croquet Player: A Dark Fantasy

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Author: H. G. Wells
Publisher: Bison Books, 2004
Viking Press, 1937
Chatto & Windus, 1936
Series: Frontiers of Imagination: Book 37
Book Type: Novel
Genre: Fantasy / Horror
Sub-Genre Tags: Psychological
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Something is horribly wrong in the remote English village of Cainsmarsh. An elderly woman stiffens in dread at her own shadow; a terrified farmer murders a scarecrow; food prepared by others is eyed with suspicion; family pets are bludgeoned to death; loving couples are devoured by rage and violence. A spirit-corrupting evil pervades the land, infesting the minds of those who call Cainsmarsh home. Is this vision real, or a paranoid fantasy generated by an even darker, worldwide threat? And is the call to resist the danger itself a danger? These are questions that disturb the calm of an indolent croquet player who happens to hear the tale of the unlucky village.

H. G. Wells's ambiguous story of horror is a modern classic, a prophetic, disturbing glimpse of the primitive distrust and violence that gnaw at the heart of the modern world.


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