In the Light

  • Title: In the Light
  • Author: S.P. Miskowski
  • ISBN: 9780692275283
  • Page: 307
  • Format: Paperback
  • In the Light While fleeing from neighborhood bullies a lonely girl uncovers a dark secret buried near the abandoned ruins of a house mired in local legend Ruth hopes the charred remains that she unearths will bri
    While fleeing from neighborhood bullies, a lonely girl uncovers a dark secret buried near the abandoned ruins of a house mired in local legend Ruth hopes the charred remains that she unearths will bring a bit of magic to her life, but she s no match for the force that dwells in this place, waiting for a chance to live again.A displaced child neglected by affluent parentsWhile fleeing from neighborhood bullies, a lonely girl uncovers a dark secret buried near the abandoned ruins of a house mired in local legend Ruth hopes the charred remains that she unearths will bring a bit of magic to her life, but she s no match for the force that dwells in this place, waiting for a chance to live again.A displaced child neglected by affluent parents and a former preacher burdened by the tragic and scandalous circumstances of his mother s death face a final reckoning at the hands of a woman with the power to summon good and evil.In the Light is the final book of the Skillute Cycle, a chronicle of one fictional town and an abiding horror that lies just beneath the surface In the woods In the water Beneath the ground The time has arrived Something evil has come home.

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    About S.P. Miskowski


    1. S.P Miskowski is a three time Shirley Jackson Award nominee, a Bram Stoker Award nominee, a This Is Horror Award nominee and the recipient of two National Endowment for the Arts Fellowships Her stories have been published in Supernatural Tales, Black Static, Identity Theory, Strange Aeons and Eyedolon Magazine as well as in the anthologies Haunted Nights, The Madness of Dr Caligari, October Dreams 2, Autumn Cthulhu, Cassilda s Song, The Hyde Hotel, Darker Companions Celebrating 50 Years of Ramsey Campbell, Tales from a Talking Board, Looming Low and The Best Horror of the Year Volume Ten Her novels and novellas have been published by Omnium Gatherum, Dim Shores, Dunhams Manor Press and JournalStone Trepidatio She is represented by Danielle Svetcov at Levine Greenberg Rostan Literary Agency.Author site spmiskowski.wordpress


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    1. The last installment of the Skillute Cycle delivered more of the lovely prose I'm used to getting from S. P. Miskowski.This novella elaborates on the story begun in the novel Knock Knock. A tale about small town life, its secrets, its rituals, and its inhabitants. It's good stuff. I like the fact that women play a strong role here too -it put me in mind of Thomas Tryon's Harvest Home-a book I have no qualms recommending, in addition to this one. However, for best results read Knock Knock before [...]

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    2. [Full disclosure: I received a free e-copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.] This novella winds up Miskowski’s Skillute Cycle, which began with her debut novel Knock Knock (a Shirley Jackson Award finalist) and continued through the novellas Delphine Dodd (also a Shirley Jackson Award finalist) and Astoria. Like all these works, it succeeds through its focus on the internal lives of its characters – primarily women, though one very sympathetic male arises in this one! – an [...]

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    3. In the Light is somewhat dependent upon familiarity with previous installments in S.P. Miskowski's Skillute Cycle (beginning with the novel Knock Knock) for full impact.Miskowski works in a comparatively realistic mode (considering we're talking about supernatural horror fiction) depicting familiar-seeming people in small communities dealing with the burden of family history, and the ordinary difficulties of relating to one other. Miskowski does this quiet, domestic style of horror as well as an [...]

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    4. Somewhere near the halfway point of In the Light, the third and final novella in S.P. Miskowski's Skillute Cycle, there was a line that popped out at me and lingered in my mind."Henry Colquitt was a haunted man. What did that make his wife?" As a big Stephen King fan, that first sentence is a variation of something I encounter quite often all across the spectrum of horror fiction. The second one appears with much less frequency. Men are often "haunted" or "hunted" or "tortured" by their pasts -- [...]

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    5. My memory is no longer what it used to be. I read Knock Knock (the first book in this series or cycle) about 10 months ago and as it turns out didn't remember almost a single thing about it except for how much I liked it. The quality seems to have made a much more profound impression that the context (not context's fault in any way, I just read tons). And so, not remembering the first one and having not read the second and third one, this was sort of weird I should remember this, I should rememb [...]

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    6. Creepy little novella in the series of the Skillute Cycle. Great descriptive writing. I look forward to more of S.P. Miskowski's stories.

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    7. I wasn’t planning to read this book right away. There’s a stack of books I’m supposed to read asap. But the package arrived from while I was on my way out the door, so I took the book with me to the library. I sat down for what I thought would be a few minutes, and I flipped it open just to see how it begins. A little while later it was dark out and I was reading the last page. I should have known better. In the Light is an S.P. Miskowski book and I should know by now that her style is so [...]

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    8. The four books in the Skillute Cycle make up a whole greater than the individual parts, although each book is excellent in its own right. The cycle follows the history of a malevolent force intimately associated with the restrictions and prejudices of a small pacific northwest town over several decades. Each book expands the history, providing more background and revelations of the past as well as advancing the story into the future. There are some truly creepy things, and like all the best horr [...]

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    9. In the Light is the fourth and final book in S.P. Miskowki's Skillute Cycle. A novella that brings an end to the terror that had plagued Skillute, Washington for decades. The story takes place some years after the events of Knock Knock and Astoria. It is broken up into three parts, each from the perspective of an individual character. Part one centers on Ruth, a young girl of eleven or twelve. Part two is Alicia, the wife of Henry Colquitt. Part three is Henry Colquitt, Marietta's son, and one o [...]

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    10. I received this book as part of a giveaway in exchange for an honest review.I'll confess that I haven't read the rest of The Skillute Cycle--though I probably will now. And the beauty of this novella is that you can read it independently and still understand what's going on. It was a full, captivating story from top to bottom. Honestly, I found it a bit disturbing in the beginning. Miskowski's done a wonderful job weaving in the changes happening to Ruthie as she's taken over by some force. She [...]

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    11. I run the risk of repeating myself when it comes to reviewing this novella. S P Miskowski is an author who really knows her craft and has created a living, breathing community through her series of connected stories, including Knock Knock, Astoria and this instalment, In The Light. Her gift for characterisation and rich background detail not only conveys how intimately she knows her characters, but also paints them so vividly for the reader. We have here that rare combination of portrait and lan [...]

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    12. This is the third, and final, installment of the Skillute cycle. I’ve become quite attracted to S.P.’s writing style. Her poetic composition is beautifully woven together to create yet another intriguing tale of the creepy history of Skillute.The child in this story is new to Skillute. Her parents are avid house flippers and moved from Seattle proper to the small, obscure town of Skillute. She doesn’t fit in with peers. She doesn’t fit in at home. She is very displaced and bullied. Durin [...]

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    13. This was a very satisfying ending to the Skillute Cycle and I thoroughly enjoyed the journey.The book is beautifully written, very hard to put down and finishes perfectly.Miskowski really does remind me of Stephen King; she understands people, dialogue, and manages to write intricate stories that weave together perfectly, although I would say that Miskowski writes quieter horror, with a subtle hand. The only particular problem I had with the book would be the dodgy cover art (I didn't like the a [...]

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    14. GoodI didn't like this one as much as the others but then again, it had been a while since I read them so I struggled to remember some of what had happened and who the characters were. Would like to read them all in sequence again.

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