L’Arbre aux doigts tordus / The Vampire Tree (Paul Halter)

By Paul Halter First published: Masque, France, 1996.  Translation: Locked Room International, 2016, as The Vampire Tree A small English village.  Witches!  Dead children! Hang on - haven't I just read this? Newlywed Patricia Sheridan moves to the Suffolk village of Lightwood.  Ironically, she's frightened of bright lights, and of trees.  Or one tree in particular... … Continue reading L’Arbre aux doigts tordus / The Vampire Tree (Paul Halter)

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La Chambre du fou / The Madman’s Room (Paul Halter)

By Paul Halter First published: Le Masque, Paris, 1990.  English translation: The Madman's Room, Locked Room International, 2017, trans. John Pugmire. This is guaranteed to send the detective fiction fan into paroxysms of delight.  It’s Halter’s take on the room that kills. There’s something terrifying and invisible in Hatton Manor that makes people die of fright, … Continue reading La Chambre du fou / The Madman’s Room (Paul Halter)

L’Homme qui aimait les nuages / The Man Who Loved Clouds (Paul Halter)

First published: Le Masque, Librairie des Champs-Elysées, 1999.  English translation: Locked Room International, 2018, trans. John Pugmire Like many of Halter's later books, L'Homme qui aimait les nuages is part fairy-tale, part myth. The story involves a miser who lives in a cursed house where the wind always blows (the house of Usher); a wood nymph … Continue reading L’Homme qui aimait les nuages / The Man Who Loved Clouds (Paul Halter)

La toile de Pénélope (Paul Halter)

By Paul Halter First published: France, Masque, 2001 For Anglophones... Penelope's Web An entomologist is presumed dead in the Amazon.  His wife is about to marry again - and then he returns.  But his family thinks he’s an impostor.  100 pages pass before he’s killed; at first, it seems a suicide – but it’s really … Continue reading La toile de Pénélope (Paul Halter)