Words leave imprints in your mind like footprints in the sand...
Prague, Czech Republic
Uluru, Australia
  • Location: Arctic, Svalbard, Spitsbergen, Gruhuken (fictional)

Dark Matter

Dark Matter

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1930s: A terrifying ghost story set in the haunting wilderness of the far north.

  • ISBN: 978-1409121183
  • Genre: Ghost/supernatural

What you need to know before your trail

January 1937.

Clouds of war are gathering over a fogbound London. Twenty-eight year old Jack is poor, lonely and desperate to change his life. So when he’s offered the chance to join an Arctic expedition, he jumps at it. Spirits are high as the ship leaves Norway: five men and eight huskies, crossing the Barents Sea by the light of the midnight sun. At last they reach the remote, uninhabited bay where they will camp for the next year. Gruhuken.

Travel Guide

Spitsbergen – Gruhuken is fictional!

Seeing the chilling Arctic through the eyes of a wireless operator on an Arctic expedition is a treat indeed. Jack Miller is pleased to be on this amazing journey and he realises that his class and position mark him out as different amongst the other men on the boat

To say the expedition is doomed from the start is putting it mildly. The journey there is long and cold. A journey to the middle of nowhere. Isolation and claustrophobia in equal measure. Wind chill, psychological trauma and whispers in the wind that may be air currents but could be the voice of a ghostly presence…

In an author’s note Paver mentions that she has been to Spitsbergen a number of times. You have to wonder if she scared herself witless as the reader will! The journey starts in London but the journey to the island on board the ship is the one which will stay with you for ever….

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Author/Guide: Michelle Paver   Destination: The Arctic, Svalbard, Spitsbergen  Departure Time: 1937

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