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Oswald Priestley was widowed ten years ago, when his daughter was just a child. He's done his best to raise her and give her proper values. But now she's a teenager, convinced she knows everything about life and that her father knows nothing. She's moody and sullen. She talks back. Her grades are dropping. And to make matters worse, she's taken up with a boy from the wrongOswald Priestley was widowed ten years ago, when his daughter was just a child. He's done his best to raise her and give her proper values. But now she's a teenager, convinced she knows everything about life and that her father knows nothing. She's moody and sullen. She talks back. Her grades are dropping. And to make matters worse, she's taken up with a boy from the wrong side of the tracks. Amy Priestley is a normal teenager. Her boyfriend may be lower class, but he's kind and intelligent. Amy doesn't remember her mother. She does remember that as a child she was afraid of Nazareth Hill, the abandoned asylum that looms over the town. Now Nazareth Hill has been made into apartments, and she and her father have moved in. Their neighbors are a little eccentric at first, and as time passes, their odd quirks become less amusing and more dangerous. Amy is convinced that something in the building's past is contaminating its present. Her search for the truth irritates her increasingly irrational father, who is also trapped in a role dictated by Nazareth Hill. When the truth becomes known, no one wants to believe it - not Amy's boyfriend, not her former allies among Nazareth Hill's tenants, and especially not her father. It is said that the truth shall set you free. In Nazareth Hill, the truth brings captivity and death....

Title : Nazareth Hill
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ISBN : 9780312863449
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Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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Nazareth Hill Reviews

  • Nancy Oakes
    2019-05-15 03:56

    The very long version ishere; otherwise read on. If you're looking for an average haunted house novel with ghosts and ghoulies and things that go bump in the night, do not look here. What you get in Nazareth Hill is a great story where the supernatural provides a backdrop for an intense psychological examination of a man as he sinks into his own madness. Sadly, he drags his daughter right along with him. I don't understand the negative reviews of this novel -- some people didn't find it scary enough, some thought it was too long and too clunky in terms of how Campbell writes. Okay, each to his own, but I found it exceptionally frightening on a very human level. And while I'm a huge fan of the author's short stories, he manages to keep the tension not only flowing but also building throughout the entire length of this book. A lot of authors I've read can't make that transition and do it well, but in this case, I was hopelessly lost in this story until the ending. Actually, the ending was what I found not so great about this novel, but for me it's usually about the journey anyway. I have zero qualms recommending this book.

  • DeAnna Knippling
    2019-05-19 02:29

    Laboriously, the crazy, abusive father is crazy and abusive. Too bad, a haunted house makes things even worse, the end. I didn't find this one fun at all, skimmed. It was one awkward, at first emotionally then physically abusive scene after another.

  • Heidi Ward
    2019-05-12 04:37

    After the death of his wife, insurance salesman Oswald Priestly hopes for a fresh start when he moves himself and his teenaged daughter Amy into Nazarill, a centuries-old hulk of a building newly renovated into "luxury apartments." Unfortunately the renovations haven't entirely effaced Nazarill's bloody past, which lies closer to the surface than either Priestly is prepared for. When fifteen year-old Amy's adolescent (and totally normal) rebellions start to puzzle, then annoy, and finally infuriate Oswald, Nazarill's dark heart begins to beat. The story is told in alternating narrative voices, and readers are privy to the perspectives of both Oswald and Amy, which begin to warp as the house goes to work on them. While Amy struggles against childhood nightmares come to life, she also becomes driven to uncover the secrets of her new home; put simply, Oswald becomes obsessed with stopping her at any cost. We can only watch helplessly as their lives absorb the taint of old violence from Nazarill's walls.Nazareth Hill puts me in mind of The Shining, in that it tells of a house that feeds on poisoning its tenants' minds (and fathers in particular), but its vibe is more a a very British old-school ghost story. It relies heavily on a classic slow build of suspense -- strange noises, bad lighting, doors just barely cracked open, and shapeless revenants glimpsed but not-quite seen. All this it does excellently (view spoiler)[Amy's adventures with the first floor in particular were spellbindingly awful for me(hide spoiler)], so when the shocks do come, they are really shocking. OMG-gasp-out-loud shocking.Where Nazareth Hill falls a star short of perfect is in the unevenness of its characterization: who knew a middle-aged man could write a more nuanced teenaged girl than he could a middle-aged man? Obviously, readers are meant to sympathize with Amy, but it's a shame that Oswald, who starts out as a hapless widower coping with the mysteries of adolescence, becomes an entirely repulsive, over-the-top character. It feels plain lazy to make the heroine's father a total monster; even Jack Torrance retained a shred of humanity to the end. 4 out of 5 stars for excellence in atmosphere peopled by unevenly executed characters.

  • Emily Crow
    2019-05-06 01:37

    I've been meaning to read something by Ramsey Campbell for a while, since I love dark fiction and horror, but every time I've tried, I was stymied by his plodding and overly ornate writing style. For the first 100 pages of Nazareth Hill, I was sure I was embarking on yet another Campbell DNF, but other reviews assured me that there would be some payoff by the end, so I persevered.The story concerns a father and daughter, Oswald and Amy Priestly, who move into a creepy former asylum turned into apartments. The place starts playing with their minds, and Oswald soon goes completely round the bend. (view spoiler)[The real "horror" of this tale is how no one is willing to believe Amy, and the more she tries to convince people, the crazier she sounds. (hide spoiler)] The author does a good job of creating a mood of claustrophobic doom, but otherwise, I found this one just an OK read.

  • Rebecca McDowell
    2019-05-10 05:31

    Drawn out, garbled prose leading to a bummer conclusion. I simply didn't enjoy reading it. It took too long for me to figure out what the author was trying to say - it may be an issue of personal taste, but I found his writing style cluttered and difficult to follow. I believe other people have had the same problem.The two other main issues I had:1. Too many characters (and too much time spent describing people who didn't matter); and2. Unrealistic characterization. I realize he was trying to make a point, but I have difficulty believing the girl would've been treated the way she was by the others in the apartment. The people in this book were like caricatures of sitcom idiots with the daughter as the only voice of reason.Not interested in his other work at this point.

  • Andrea
    2019-05-15 07:56

    A father and daughter move into a building that once housed a mental institution and the former occupants wreck havoc on the new tenants. This is one of the scariest books I have ever read. There were a couple of passages that frightened me so badly, I had to put the book down. The setting is divinely creepy and the characters are interesting and well-developed.

  • Tammy
    2019-05-26 01:45

    I have become spoiled by fast-paced thrillers. Novels like Nazareth Hill remind me to stop and feel the dread. toward the end of the read, I literally had my jaw drop in horror y

  • Lisa *OwlBeSatReading*
    2019-05-21 04:35

    Aah, that was so good!The House on Nazareth Hill is a creepy and nostalgic story that is an absolute must for fans of slightly cheesy, traditional style horror.Ramsey Campbell's narrative style reminds me of James Herbert, who is responsible for my love of the horror genre as I read The Dark when I was knee high to a grasshopper, and it hooked me right in. That's where my horror journey started and I've never looked back.Initially, this had a slow start, with lots of character development and description, but once it got going, this dark and eerie tale *seeped into my mind and stuck like dusty cobwebs in a dark, unknown corner.On occasions, there was serious overuse of the word 'rebuke', it just kept coming again and again which was a tad irritating, but other than that (and the slow start), this was a really great read.It's cool to read a story where there's no mobile phones, everyone has a VCR player, and books and the library is the 'Google' equivalent to finding out about the mysterious past of Nazarill.Overall, a highly entertaining and spooky read which tapped in to a lot of my personal fears, particularly spiders....! Recommended for lovers of traditional horror, where the sinister and cheesiness combine without too much eye~rolling by the reader.4 stars out of 5, only lacking in full marks due to the first 100 pages being a little bit slow, *like wading through a pool of congealed blood with your socks off, feeling each minced body part squelch up between your toes!(*my rubbish attempts at describing the 'feels' like the author!)

  • Lindsey Albright
    2019-05-12 04:38

    I really enjoyed this story. I don't think it's one I'd ever read twice, but I did like it. I struggled through some characters' perspectives and found myself at constant internal conflict over my opinion of a few of them. I can't honestly say that I actually liked any of them completely. Personally, I just didn't know what to feel while I was reading, other than aggravation and distress. The reason that this book didn't get five stars is because this is a review from what I experienced and what I experienced was a struggle mixed with yearning for more story. Even at the end, my mind was telling me how awesome it would be for certain perspectives to be continued at some later book, all while being up set for reasons that I don't want to spoil for future readers.This book does deserve five stars. If I were far more fair and judged the book for it's writing, I would give it five stars. The writing is terrific - suspenseful yet detailed. There were scenes that made me uncomfortable to be in dark hallways and rooms for a while. Well, far more uncomfortable that I usually am. I just wanted to scream at the characters, all of the characters, but each of them has quite a bit of depth.I wasn't very keen on most of the names in the story, but I could see why they were chosen. They were nice choices, but I felt like some were very on-the-nose and others were very plain. The setting was lovely and easy to fall into. Everything was just detailed enough to paint a picture for me. It was also really fun to read to the point where certain themes really tie everything into a nice bow on top of a very pretty package. I couldn't manage to give this one five stars though because I can't see myself picking it up for a second read through. It was well worth the first read and I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys psychological thrillers or horror novels. I just can't deal with the fact that reading it made me want more and made me grumpy about everything at the exact same time.

  • George
    2019-05-15 05:45

    Will someone tell me what I’m missing about Ramsey Campbell? I’m being serious here. I haven’t been able to finish one of his novels yet. I tried to read his newest, “Grin in the Dark,” which features an evil clown that unleashes a nameless evil on the world. Stephen King did the same thing a thousand times better when he wrote “It,” and at the time he was coked out of his mind.Anyway…Nazareth Hill came highly recommended by a fellow librarian who also happens to be a horror connoisseur. I figured it would be good. It wasn’t. Here’s my review: the story starts slowly and builds to a grisly, sadistic end which any discerning reader can see coming from the first chapter. People talk about Ramsey Campbell like he’s the Bill Shakespeare of the horror genre. If that’s true the horror genre is in trouble. Horror writers seem to have a love-hate relationship with literary fiction, which either stems from a chip on the shoulder or an inferiority complex. Campbell has a style that I’ve heard described as both psychological and poetic, phrases I’ve heard used to describe writers of literary fiction. To me it comes across as padded, as in – get to the point, please. Yes, the phrase ‘spider house’ is poetic; yes, you do spend lots of time describing your characters’ inner thoughts & feelings. Give yourself a cookie! I have to say that I think Campbell’s short stories are very good; maybe it’s because they’re short. But I just don’t get his novels.

  • Grainne Rhuad
    2019-04-26 06:30

    I .can see why this book received so many poor reviews on Goodreads. It is terribly unweildy, taking forever to get to the point, and that is in nearly every paragraph. However, it was hard for me to hate it because the IDEA, the story was so compelling to me. I'm going to say, it was tedious to read at times. Okay, most times. It left me feeling some how less intelligent. As if me not connecting and diving in was my fault. But then I reminded myself of my book enjoyment rule. "If there is a good story and people would rather do anything but read, it is the story teller's fault. Bottom line;The idea snd the story is quite good. The execution leaves much to be desired.

  • Sara Gould
    2019-04-28 05:28

    Nazareth Hill es una historia que pende de un hilo, y es el par de sustos que consigue darte en las primeras páginas de la novela. A partir de ahí, es un simple no-lo-leas; con una escritura/traducción horrible, una trama que a pesar de parecer original resulta cansina, unos personajes malos y un final que no lleva a ninguna parte. Sí que da miedo, sí. Pero no por las causas deseadas.Puedes leer la reseña completa (hecha por una yo furiosa) aquí:

  • Kirsten
    2019-05-20 05:53

    A chilling story... As a child, Amy was afraid of the old building on the hill, called Nazerill by the town's inhabitants. Now, at fifteen, she and her father have taken up residence in that same building, which has been converted into luxury apartments. But the house on the hill holds dark secrets, and they are worming their way to the surface...

  • Teri
    2019-05-03 00:27

    Pretty good horror novel. Campbell does a great job of building the suspense throughout the novel. The relationship between the father and daughter is fascinating. And the ending will blow you away!

  • Sarah
    2019-05-10 00:38

    This guy's books are fabulously written and one of the few authentically scary authors out there... so much so that I actually don't recommend reading him. Pleasurable disquietude that has too much disquietude and not enough pleasure. Sorry, ramsey!

  • Ignacio Senao f
    2019-05-22 05:36

    Abundancia de palabras sin objetivo. Ramsey tiene una fama no merecida, tan sólo dada por su prematura escritura y charlas con Howard y Lovecraft.

  • Miguel Navarro
    2019-05-06 03:55

    Lo dejo a la mitad, la redacción y la traducción son infumables.

  • Flibbertygibbit
    2019-05-12 02:56

    I have such mixed feelings about this book. At times, it felt like a true chore to read. It probably could have used some heavy editing to trim its somewhat considerable fat, and there were parts where the pace dragged to the point that slogging through it felt more like homework than leisure. Sometimes I find Ramsey Campbell's prose a little impenetrable or clunky. Occasionally, I have to read certain sentences more than once to make sure I understand what they were intended to communicate.That said, years later, this novel still haunts me. This book is terrifying at times. Images from it flashed in my mind literally every night when I'd turn out the lights, for god knows how long after I read it -- many, many months, at least, maybe even more than a year. Campbell expertly builds up suspense until the horror hits you with a sense of urgent intensity. When the characters are at their most frightened, you will be scared silly right there with them, heart in your throat. The ghosts that haunt his story are drawn almost too vividly, and are some of the scariest spooks I've ever encountered in any novel.What's more, this book concludes with a hell of an emotional punch. There's more than just ghosts to scare you. The depiction of the deteriorating relationship between the central father and daughter characters is wrenching to behold. The ending is unexpectedly powerful, and even... beautiful.So if you try to tackle this novel, be warned, it will be tedious at parts. It may also take up residence in your head for a long time afterward. I'm not sure I'll ever reread it, but I'm sure I'll never forget it.

  • Lisa (Harmonybites)
    2019-05-06 00:34

    This one took a while for me to get into, I almost stopped at fifty pages where nothing had happened yet but a truly boring tenants meeting However, the setting of modern Northern England as written by a British writer had an inherent fascination for me. Nazareth Hill is where witches once danced and where an insane asylum once housed them after witch hunts went out of fashion--and there are strange happenings going on there--ones witnessed by several people, particularly a fifteen year old girl, Amy Priestly. She's a typical teenager, in ways I could imagine being maddening if I were her parent: body piercings, shaved head, plays loud music, smokes marijuana, pigsty of a room, sullen and uncommunicative; her father has good reason for concern. Yet the core of the horror of this book is how easily isolated and vulnerable Amy is, to his authority as a parent since she's not yet of age, as he becomes increasingly controlling and prey to a zealous religious mindset that may be influenced by the dark forces surrounding them. The tension between them and suspense becomes more and more unbearable to take as a reader, especially in those last hundred pages. Particularly hard for me to read, since I do find frustrating the kind of story where no one believes the protagonist. This was well-written, literate, with characters that felt all too real--although be warned, it's also brutal and heartbreaking.

  • Chris Cangiano
    2019-05-24 00:35

    Ramsey Campbell's novels are always rather hit-or-miss affairs for me. I either find them terribly entertaining or deadly dull, unfortunately for my tastes, Nazareth Hill falls decidedly in the miss category. He starts with a sound idea, a block of luxury flats into the frame of an old mansion on the site of a former insane asylum, and explores the way that past sins come back to haunt the present occupants. One of my main problems with the way the story is presented is that the pace is not merely measured, it is in fact quite glacial - I felt at times like shaking the book and telling it to get on with things. Campbell again uses the book to explore his frequent theme of the way in which the presence of mental illness (an fear of its recurrence) affects family life, but the characters are all so unlikable and they act in ways so far divorced from the way real people act that it was hard to care about their fates . Ultimately the story just didn't engage me, which is a shame because as always Campbell has written some inventive and disturbing scenes of unease and horror for me they were just too few and too far between and too diffuse.

  • Karyl
    2019-04-30 06:54

    I bought this book on Andrea's recommendation. Besides, it was only a dollar. Even if it wasn't my type of book, I was only out a dollar. I didn't really read too much of the covers till I typed it into Goodreads and noticed that Andrea had rated this as one of the scariest books she's ever read. Knowing that she's a Stephen King fan, I was scared out of my wits to try to read this book. In fact, I very nearly didn't. But I put on my big girl panties and waded in.That said, I didn't find this book particularly scary. But I don't think it was because I'm any more brave than anyone else. This book just didn't get into my head, the way a thriller should do. I did think it was creepy and well-written, with a well-developed plot and good character development. The problem is, the story line somehow missed sinking its teeth into me. Perhaps I'm missing something. I think it's well worth reading because even though it wasn't particularly scary to me, I still wanted to devour this book and find out what was going to happen next.

  • Peter Greenwell
    2019-05-10 00:53

    Not one of Campbell's better efforts. It starts out a bewildering mess, being introduced to a dozen or so characters who subsequently have zero or almost to do with the story. Halfway through the novel, it picks up and boy, does it ever. It's page-turning stuff, but why did a reader have to wade through a bunch of inconsequential padding first?Trimmed of about a third the volume, and the meaningless first few chapters excised, this book would've been a five star effort, like The Hungry Moon was - which didn't tangle itself with pointless plot threads and insignificant characters.Oh well. To quote a platitude, you take the good with the bad. You get lavish servings of both with this book.

  • Craig Herbertson
    2019-05-20 07:34

    This is a horror tale of the gradual oppression of a young girl which works at a number of levels. Campbell is skilled writer so as one would expect it is well plotted with more characterization than the average horror tale. The book is ripe with metaphors and similes - perhaps too rich for the average horror fan and to my mind it would have benefited from a ruthless editor who could easily cull thirty or forty pages to no detriment of the book. It was difficult in the concluding chapters to identify with the principal oppressor or the potential saviour of the beleaguered heroine. The first two thirds built up a lovely tension which seemed to peter out rather than flower. All in all, if you are in the right mood it will carry you along with it.

  • Sarca
    2019-05-10 07:43

    I had never read anything of Ramsey Campbell's before, so I had no idea how or what he wrote. I found this book, was interested in the synopsis, and that was that. I can say that I have never been so bored out of my mind by a book written in the horror genre in my whole life. The prose was hard to get into, and, if memory serves, the synopsis on the back of the book was far removed from the story I was reading. I gave the book up and lent it to a friend who also felt the same. Maybe his short stories are better?

  • Aras
    2019-04-27 05:42

    This might have been a decent read if it was half as long. The extremely one-dimensional characters were its undoing. A short list of evil people: the religious, authority figures, anyone working in an office, old people. The good: people who have multiple facial piercings, do drugs, ride around in psychedelically painted vans. I thought I was maybe being oversensitive, but then came the part where her father's co-workers, who otherwise seem to simply be normal people at a small-town insurance office, start openly encouraging him to beat her.

  • Valerie
    2019-05-12 06:49

    Okay. I'm not a reader of horror/suspense fiction and happened across this book as a random pull off the library shelf. It seemed mildly intriguing, but I honestly couldn't make it more than 50 pages into it. The story was sloooow and the dialogue awful! I can't even describe the inane conversations of the characters. And the 'apartment security meeting' was the end of it for me. Explain to me why a man in an apartment building would call his neighbors together at random, suggest forming a watch/guard schedule with no apparent reason, and all the neighbors would agree.

  • Susan
    2019-05-07 01:26

    One of the best horrors Ive read in a long time,by oneo f my favorite horror authors( he's British, all the ones Ive read by British authors have been great) kind of a bizarre story of a teenage girl her father and their tense relationship. When they move into an old monastary that has been converted into apartments, and the strange occurrences that befall them as a result of their relationship. Creepy and frightful with an an ending that caused a great deal of melancholy, I had to read,and re-read it because it was so beautifully heartbreaking.

  • Josee Leon
    2019-05-15 03:32

    It took me a while to read this book as I found it to drag. There was a lot of repetition. I also found it difficult to read at times because of the writing style. Must be because the author is English, mind you I've read English authors before without encountering this. That being said, the author was good at quietly coming up with scary and unexpected happenings. I was not expecting that ending!

  • Robert
    2019-05-06 04:33

    Long, repetitive, and rather dull, this was a slog, with the usual drab Ramsey Campbell characters caught up in the usual Ramsey Campbell supernatural nightmare. I was totally with it for the first 100 or so pages and then had to sorta force the rest. I think I'll stick to his (far superior, far more frightening) short stories from now on.

  • Angie
    2019-05-01 04:40

    The first 60 pages or so were so boring I nearly gave up. If you can make it through the often too wordy, rambling, unimportant prose, and the unrealistic, awkward dialogue (honestly, NO ONE talks like that to each other), there is some very creepy cool horror material in there that saves this book from being a total flop.