Welcome to a darker world... Robert wakes up on the Welsh side of the Severn Bridge with no memory of who he is or how he got there. Determined to reclaim his identity, he embarks on an odyssey through the country of Wales, bearing witness to the stories both the people and the land itself feel moved to tell him. Every new tale brings him one step closer to learning the truth about himself.
John Llewellyn Probert has written a gripping romp of a book, a portmanteau novel steeped in the myths and secret tales of his native Wales. A compendium of the sinister that draws the reader inexorably forward, as we share in Robert's quest to discover the truth, wherever that may lead.
The novel features an introduction by master of horror Ramsey Campbell.
“Well done to it and its author! He brings a feast of wonders and horrors and I’m just the greeter at the door. Welcome and be seated, if you aren’t already. Here comes the first course, and before long you’ll be replete with imagination.” – Ramsey Campbell in his introduction.
“Be gripped by this romp immediately! I'd been looking forward to another of the author's fix-ups since… 2009. These truly haunting stories most definitely repay the wait. Obscenely recommended.” – Vault of Evil
“Each story and interlude works as a creepy standalone, but the clever combination of tales in a story circle of related characters and events… is wholly impressive… A Celtic treat for horror fans.” – Aurealis
“…it’s more the eerie scenery, the whole atmosphere Probert creates that makes the book a really chilling experience… Lots of traditional style horror fun. Lovecraft fans should definitely have a look!” – LibraryThing reviewer.
The book is available as a paperback and a special numbered hardback edition, printed on 100gsm silk paper, signed by both the author and the introducer.
How Grim Was My Valley features several full page internal illustrations by cover artist Elena Betti.