Midnight Sun by British author Ramsey Campbell, a frequent recipient of the British Fantasy and Bram Stoker Awards, is his standalone horror fantasy novel, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Endeavour Press’ Venture imprint.
This was originally published in 1990 by Macdonald, and and won the 1991 British Fantasy Award society’s August Derleth Award for Best Fantasy Novel (usually a horror-ish dark fantasy in this particular category).
The story stars a lonely boy living in his aunt’s house due to a mysterious occurrence which happened to his grandfather and other family, who grows up to inherit the ancestral home and begin unravelling the family mystery, as he awakens a strange and terrible power after several dormant generations when strange frost covers the land—legacy of an ancestor’s long-ago explorations into the shamanic rituals of the northern wastes.
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Ben Stirling is a quiet, young boy with a morbid past.
He has run away from his aunt’s house where he lives in search of the real truth about what happened to his grandfather, and his family…
As he struggles to fit in both at home with his strict aunt and at school with the bullies, he eventually meets the similarly reclusive young boy, Dominic.
In Dominic, Ben finds someone else who is enamoured with the world of books. Together they foster each other’s imaginations and provide the friendship they both need.
In his adult years, Ben inherits the ancestral home. He and his family decide to move in… unaware of the strange stories concerning those who stray too close to the nearby woods at night.
Ben is increasingly drawn to Sterling Forest — extensive pinewoods planted around the ancient oak grove where his great-grandfather was found dead so many years before.
Edward Sterling had previously been exploring the icy wastes of the far north, where shamans were said to practise ancient rituals to keep the midnight sun shining over their desolate land.
Found naked and snowblind in this distant wilderness, he had been returned to his wife… but died soon afterwards.
Now, three generations later, Ben unwittingly sets loose an awesome power, and soon the entire countryside falls into the grip of ice and blizzards.
He is soon ready for what he’d been awaiting his whole life…