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The Crystal Crow Classic Gothic thriller mixed with some very interesting characterization and a sadly somewhat lopsided resolution. My worst nightmare, which I get every two or three years, originated, I believe, when some well meaning adult took me at the age of three for a ride in a fairground bumper car The nightmare consists of an endless, helpless ride, culminating in a crash from which, of course, I wake As it was, when I came to, I thought that I was asleep and dreamingI rolled back in my seat and watched the landscape hurtle towards me, in a state of dreamy euphoria I was, positively enjoying my nightmare, quite sorry to think that in the end I d have to wakeThe awakening came rather sooner than I expected Coming around, are you Ummm, I croaked through the wide piece of surgical plaster which bound my, jaws together I m so glad to hear it Do you, know, my father who was a complete megalomaniac used to make my mother go out with him on his rounds He was always slightly drunk, and a reckless driver at best She was sick with terror every time I used to promise myself that once, just once, I d take him out and scare him sick But of course I never got the chance He did it once too often and killed them both Still, it s some compensation to do it now to you

About the Author: Joan Aiken

Joan Aiken was a much loved English writer who received the MBE for services to Children s Literature She was known as a writer of wild fantasy, Gothic novels and short stories.She was born in Rye, East Sussex, into a family of writers, including her father, Conrad Aiken who won a Pulitzer Prize for his poetry , and her sister, Jane Aiken Hodge She worked for the United Nations Information Office during the second world war, and then as an editor and freelance on Argosy magazine before she started writing full time, mainly children s books and thrillers For her books she received the Guardian Award 1969 and the Edgar Allan Poe Award 1972.Her most popular series, the Wolves Chronicles which began with The Wolves of Willoughby Chase, was set in an elaborate alternate period of history in a Britain in which James II was never deposed in the Glorious Revolution,and so supporters of the House of Hanover continually plot to overthrow the Stuart Kings These books also feature cockney urchin heroine Dido Twite and her adventures and travels all over the world.Another series of children s books about Arabel and her raven Mortimer are illustrated by Quentin Blake, and have been shown on the BBC as Jackanory and drama series Others including the much loved Necklace of Raindrops and award winning Kingdom Under the Sea are illustrated by Jan Pie kowski.Her many novels for adults include several that continue or complement novels by Jane Austen These include Mansfield Revisited and Jane Fairfax.Aiken was a lifelong fan of ghost stories She set her adult supernatural novel The Haunting of Lamb House at Lamb House in Rye now a National Trust property This ghost story recounts in fictional form an alleged haunting experienced by two former residents of the house, Henry James and E F Benson, both of whom also wrote ghost stories Aiken s father, Conrad Aiken, also authored a small number of notable ghost stories.

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