La ruelle fantôme (Halter)

  • By Paul Halter
  • First published: France, 2005; translated into English as The Phantom Passage, Locked Room International, 2015.

Rating: 3 out of 5.

A vanishing street can travel in time and space, and curl itself up like a snake. Two people went in and never came out; a third explored it, which cost him his life; a fourth managed to get out, but went mad. Here we have the authentic frisson of the uncanny, that Baghdad-on-Thames atmosphere we find in John Dickson Carr or Conan Doyle. Or Hinchliffe-era Doctor Who. Brilliant situation, plausible solution.