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The Matrix (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Jonathan Aycliffe
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An intelligent, unnerving tale... that, like the smell of a damp church, slowly seeps into your bones Time Out Scary stuff OK! You'll be frightened to turn the page... but you'll still want to. Northern Echo


Seek and you shall find...

After the death of his beloved wife, Andrew Macleod finds solace in his research in Edinburgh.His interest in the ancient practices of magic is purely academic until the soothingly hypnotic rituals and mysterious ceremonies begin to lure him into a consuming quest for knowledge.When his passion escalates into an obsession for power and mastery, Andrew unwittingly becomes the apprentice of Duncan MyIne, who has a strange hold over him.

Though Andrew fears MyIne's menacing tutelage, he allows himself to be drawn deeper into an inner circle of evil.When he finally discovers the demented motivation behind MyIne's interest in him, it is too late for redemption, poised as he is on the edge of the horrific abyss between life and death...


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 1268 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 273 Seiten
  • ISBN-Quelle für Seitenzahl: 1472111206
  • Verlag: Corsair (17. Oktober 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B00ET3NKV0
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gut geschrieben, spannend
Empfehle ich sehr gerne weiter!

Kurzweilig zu lesen.

sorry - mehr fällt mir grad leider nicht ein - warum immer eine Wortanzahl vorgeben??
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Cold and creepy 24. Januar 1999
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Jonathan Aycliffe specialises in a subtle, scary brand of horror that isn't graphic or bludgeoning but which lets your imagination do the work. Set in a wintry Edinburgh, his student hero finds himself sucked into a nightmarish world by an insidiously charming occultist. The ending is powerful and haunting. I recommend all of Aycliffe's books to those who crave elegantly-crafted horror in the tradition of M R James. Jonathan Aycliffe is a pen name ; these books are actually written by Daniel Easterman whose thrillers (equally nightmarish in quality) are also well worth seeking out.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen A modern-day Necronomicon 18. November 1999
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I don't know why Jonathan Aycliffe is not better known. This story is about a man's search for forbidden knowledge. The story has its roots in Faustian myth, forbidden knowledge, that type of thing. Andrew's wife is dead. That simple, and she was the love of his life. Andrew is now a bright professor, and is doing some research into occult practises and groups. The more research he does the more he sees that these people are wanting something tangible, but Andrew believes that these rituals and meetings are just shams put together by those who don't know what true secret knowledge is. At one of these meetings he meets a man named Duncan. Duncan is a brilliant and wealthy lawyer, and has a very large private collection of occult and arcane books. Andrew befriends Duncan, and Duncan hints that these amateur and ritual meetings that they attend are but the tip of the iceberg of knowledge that Duncan hints that he has. All he asks of Andrew is to be a good student, and give himself over to the serious study of the occult that Duncan can provide. Andrew does, becoming immersed in ancient manuscripts and texts in several languages. All of these are mere primers though for what awaits. Duncan hints at even deeper knowledge if he will travel with him to Morocco to meet with others that share his thirst for arcane occult knowledge. Andrew agrees to do this. Just before Andrew leaves, all sorts of mysterious and horrible things happen to Andrew and his other more level-minded friends. Sickness, tragedy, strange sounds and things that go bump in the night. Then one night, as Andrew is studying in the library with a table filled with occult books, he finds one small old book crammed into a corner of a shelf that he has not noticed before. The name of the book is the "Matrix Aeternitatus", which could be described as a "Necronomicon" book right out of H.P. Lovecraft fame. A horrible book filled with terrible knowledge that is never fully revealed to us the reader, although we can make good guesses. Between his studies, the Matrix text, and his trip to Morocco, Andrew finds that he is getting deeper and deeper into something that he isn't sure he is fully prepared for...
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4.0 von 5 Sternen No, Not THAT Matrix 27. August 2007
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Fans of deep and subtle horror from intelligent writers, not of the cheesy slasher or forbidden passion genres, should be more familiar with Jonathan Aycliffe's novels from the 1990s. (Aycliffe is one of the pen names of professor Denis McEoin, who also writes fiction as Daniel Easterman.) This novel is a fairly typical psychological horror story and most of the backdrop is built on stock literary devices of the Dracula/Frankenstein variety. In short, the intellectual hero does research on amateur occult groups and finds himself mixed up in the real thing, falling under the sway of an evil master pursuing the most forbidden knowledge. Thus, the action and character developments here are quite predictable for anyone who has seen more than one old horror movie. Though Aycliffe does have a few advantages thanks to his voluminous education in religious practices and occult history, and this novel rises above a few of its stereotypes with a very robust knowledge of international occult phenomena and a rather disturbing Lovecraftian take on ancient knowledge. Unfortunately there are too many unresolved subplots and unexplained psychic phenomena, previously unknown and under-described characters pop up mysteriously near the climax, and the conclusion to the action is disappointingly implied off-camera. The works of Aycliffe and his alter egos are certainly worth exploring for the educated horror fan, though this particular novel shows his in-depth knowledge playing second fiddle to stereotypical plot construction and too many loose ends. [~doomsdayer520~]
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Horrific but ultimately disappointing 21. Februar 2001
Von E. A. Lovitt - Veröffentlicht auf
I'm a new fan of Jonathan Aycliffe and "The Matrix" is the
third novel of his that I've read this year. The first two, "The
Talisman" and "A Shadow on the Wall" were more tightly
plotted and ultimately more satisfying and frightening. "The
Matrix" seems to wander through a series of horror story
set-pieces, e.g. the claw marks on the apartment door, the violation
of Catriona's grave, the sucker marks on the hero's body, without
really connecting them together in a way that satisfies and makes
sense. A new character, Father Silvestri, pops up toward the end of
the novel and juggles our hero out of the fire a la Dr. Van
Helsing in a Dracula novel. Then he dies, and we never really learn
what group he belonged to or why he was trying to save Andrew from the
Necromancer. Yet another new character, an evil book seller is
threaded into and out of the story's climax without really helping to
wrap up the plot. It made me wonder if "The Matrix" had a
precursor or a sequel where some of these seemingly extraneous
characters are introduced in more detail.
At any rate, Aycliffe
still manages to write a horrifying although rather discombobulated
story about a young, recently widowed doctoral student who is slowly
drawn into the web of an evil Necromancer. There are some nice Gaelic
touches, brooding Scottish scenery, and a pilgrimage to the stifling,
ancient landscapes of Morocco. I'm in violent agreement with the
other reviewers in that this author should be much more visible on the
bookshelves. He writes a more frightening story than any of the
authors in the Buckets o'Blood school of horror fiction.
I'm glad my introduction to Jonathan Aycliffe was through "The
Talisman" and "A Shadow on the Wall". "The
Matrix" unravelled into too many loose ends: Why were those
flapping, tentacled thingies in the Andrew's attic? How did they get
there? Who was the baby in the coffin with Catriona? What purpose
did it serve? Where did Father Silvestri learn about the Necromancer?
How did he die? Why did he show up so late in the plot?
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Terrifyingly convincing 22. November 2013
Von still searching - Veröffentlicht auf
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When the film of the Exorcist was first released to all of the accompanying now well known `who-ha' I went to see what all the fuss was about and came away unimpressed. That night I woke about 3 a.m. and gradually it occurred to me what I'd seen the night before and a feeling of dread increasingly overcame me. Reading this book was a similar experience. The prose is quite plain, in keeping with a straightforward narrative account of a man who feels compelled to record certain experiences he's had for the benefit of others. The opening scenes are set in Edinburgh and centre on an academic sociologist who is given a contract at the university to conduct research into the prevalence of satanic cults in and around the city. He begins by insinuating himself into various groups in order to learn more about their affairs and to use their libraries. Eventually, he gets `taken up' by one of the city's leading barristers who is a member of one such cult, The Fraternity of the Old Path, who offers to act as a kind of mentor and allow him access to valuable literary resources that would otherwise be `forbidden'. From the outset he senses that his mentor might potentially be a dangerous man to know but he cannot turn down the opportunities he presents. After a fairly prosaic beginning, there is a progressive feeling of dread emanating from the narrative as though the protagonist is being drawn, in spite of his knowledge of the consequences, into a dark shadowy world that is palpably evil and from which there is no turning back.

Lovecraft's Cthulhu Mythos has been mentioned elsewhere in relation to this novel and I can almost understand why. I'm a fan of Lovecraft and find his stories, for the most part, entertaining. However, when you read him you know it's simply gloriously hyperbolic entertainment; similarly, with Le Fanu, M. R. James, Stephen King etc. Aycliffe's sublime skill, as far as this novel goes, is that when reading it, you forget it's fiction and really come to believe that there do exist those who are in possession of certain arcane knowledge and evil enough to use it with fatal consequences. The closest that anything comes to capturing the same feeling of palpable menace I can think of are Susan Hill's, The Woman in Black (the book not the film!), the BBC's M. R. James productions of a few decades back: A Warning to the Curious and Oh Whistle and I'll Come to Thee. In film I suppose the closest would be the films of Jacques Tourneur; for example, Night of the Demon, itself based upon the James story, Casting of the Runes.

The book remains a masterpiece of its kind and the author has never quite reached the same heights again although The Lost comes close.
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