Limited first edition, first printing - signed and remarqued by the artist Ben Baldwin. A choice of two remarques available at the time of listing. Another failed sting operation, leaving an officer dead, leads to constable Jim Kelso's reassignment duty. It's just one more snafu in a long line where his mere presence results in disaster.
But you can't fault his boss for the decision. Kelso's bad luck has a habit of showing up at the wrong time. And where he goes, it follows. Cast out of London's Scotland Yard, Kelso washes up on the shores of the unassuming, seafaring town of Lowestoft where he's tasked with locating the source of a family's manic, near-death LSD encounter.
But as he knows and others soon find out, a past dead and buried is never really dead or buried. In The Jonah, Herbert once again strays from his horror roots to focus on his latest love: supernatural fiction. Blessed with an eye for detail, he takes the methodical police procedural and breaks with its conventions, infusing his concoction with the bizarre, the preternatural, the introspective, and a little good-natured popcorn entertainment.
However, for those who yearn for the Herbert of old, there's still plenty of that ghostly and ominous foreshadowing to shock your socks off. But Herbert doesn't stop there. He employs nautical and biblical allusions of the Jonah based on its historical origins to subvert our expectations. These seep into our subconscious, leading us to the inevitable: Are the forces here manifesting as a result of Murphy's law or something with a much more malicious purpose?It may be a turning point in Herbert's fiction, a slow boil set to the starboard side, but The Jonah's cresting waves will still batter the coastline and overrun its dunes. Take every precaution before you enter this squall. Otherwise, you may just find yourself clinging to life before the whirlpool swallows you under. This edition of The Jonah includes seven bonus essays and stories by James Herbert: "Comic Relief, " "They Don't Like Us, " "Bowled Over By the Beast, " "Breakfast, " "Haloween's Child, " "Others, " and The Ghost Hunter.
Includes seven bonus stories and essays. Signed and remarqued by Ben Baldwin. Dustjacket, endpaper, and frontispiece art by Ben Baldwin. Interior artwork by Rodger Gerberding.Ribbon marker, head and tail bands, bound in Brillianta black cloth. Two-color stamping on spine and front boards. Book size 5¼ × 8¼ inches.
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