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The Broken Hours

by Jacqueline Baker

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In the spring of 1936, horror writer H.P. Lovecraft is broke, living alone in a creaky old house and deathly ill. At the edge of a nervous breakdown, he hires a personal assistant, Arthor Crandle. As the novel opens, Crandle arrives at Lovecraft’s home with no knowledge of the writer or his work but is soon drawn into his distinctly unnerving world: the malevolent presence that hovers on the landing; the ever-shining light from Lovecraft’s study, invisible from the street; and visions in the night of a white-clad girl in the walled garden. Add to this the arrival of a beautiful woman who may not be exactly what she seems, and Crandle is pulled deeper into the strange world of the horror writer (a man known to Crandle only through letters, signed “Ech-Pi”), until Crandle begins to unravel the dark secret at its heart.

A brilliantly written, compelling and deeply creepy novel, The Broken Hours is an irresistible literary ghost story.

About the Author

Jacqueline Baker

JACQUELINE BAKER is the author of A Hard Witching and Other Stories, which won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award, the City of Edmonton Book Prize, and the Howard O’Hagan Award for Short Fiction, and was a finalist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. Her first novel, The Horseman's Graves (2007), was widely critically acclaimed and was a finalist for the Evergreen Award. Jacqueline Baker lives with her husband and children in Edmonton.

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Editorial Reviews

“It is a perfectly ghastly tale and Baker achieves the double task of mirroring Lovecraft’s own story.”

— Toronto Star

“Baker’s prose is absolutely magical.”

— Rue Morgue

“A powerful read, creepy to the point of terrifying and, at times, utterly heartbreaking, graced with both a compelling narrative and a deep, thoughtful substrata.”

— Vancouver Sun

“A sleek, stylish ghost story.”

— Edmonton Journal

“Deliciously creepy, heartbreaking and beautiful.”

— Esi Edugyan, author of the Giller Prize-winning novel <em>Half-Blood Blues</em>

“Baker’s characterization is strong, her prose evocative, and the ambiance she creates as creepy as a frigid draft that blows a door shut in an empty house. The pacing is superb.”

— Historical Novels Review

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