Sweetheart, Sweetheart

Sweetheart Sweetheart David Warwick an Englishman living in New York has a sudden premonition that his twin brother Colin is in danger He returns to England and learns the shocking truth both Colin and his young bride

  • Title: Sweetheart, Sweetheart
  • Author: Bernard Taylor Michael Rowe
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  • Page: 143
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  • David Warwick, an Englishman living in New York, has a sudden premonition that his twin brother, Colin, is in danger He returns to England and learns the shocking truth both Colin and his young bride Helen have died ghastly deaths deaths that no one in the village wants to talk about.Now David has inherited his brother s home, Gerrard s Hill Cottage, a lovely house witDavid Warwick, an Englishman living in New York, has a sudden premonition that his twin brother, Colin, is in danger He returns to England and learns the shocking truth both Colin and his young bride Helen have died ghastly deaths deaths that no one in the village wants to talk about.Now David has inherited his brother s home, Gerrard s Hill Cottage, a lovely house with a lush garden that seems to promise peace and comfort to all who dwell there But as David tries to unearth the facts of what really happened to his brother and his wife, he has no idea of the horror and evil that surround him or the terrible fate that may be in storeA chilling story that builds slowly and inexorably towards its shocking climax, Bernard Taylor s Sweetheart, Sweetheart 1977 has been recognized as one of the finest horror novels ever written This edition features a new introduction by Michael Rowe My favorite ghost story at once manages to be both moving and extremely unsettling there isn t anything that beats it Charles L Grant Ingenious and well crafted a most satisfying chiller Grand Rapids Press A slow burning, invisibly seductive ghost story Kirkus Reviews starred review

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  • Bernard Taylor Michael Rowe

    Bernard Taylor was born in Swindon, Wiltshire, and now lives in London Following active service in Egypt in the Royal Air Force, he studied Fine Arts in Swindon, then at Chelsea School of Art and Birmingham University On graduation he worked as a teacher, painter and book illustrator before going as a teacher to the United States While there, he took up acting and writing and continued with both after his return to England He has published ten novels under his own name, including The Godsend 1976 , which was adapted for a major film, and Sweetheart, Sweetheart 1977 , which Charles L Grant has hailed as one of the finest ghost stories ever written He has also written novels under the pseudonym Jess Foley, as well as several works of nonfiction He has won awards for his true crime writing and also for his work as a playwright It was during his year as resident playwright at the Queen s Theatre, Hornchurch that he wrote The Godsend There Must Be Evil, his latest true crime study, is to be published in England in September.

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  • I loved this book so freaking much! So. Freaking. Much. Sweetheart, Sweetheart was originally published back in the late 70's. It was brought back by Leisure Books in the 90's and has now been brought back again by Valancourt Books. (Perhaps you've heard me talk about them in the past?) This edition has a new, kickass cover and an even more kickass introduction from the lovely Michael Rowe. (A fantastic author of the macabre in his own right.) The intro was more of a love letter to the story a [...]


  • By the pricking of my thumbs,something wicked this way comes.Sweetheart, Sweetheart is a classy ghost story about a haunted cottage in the rural english countryside. new tenants, a history of violence and death, you know the drill. it features restrained and elegant writing, some wonderfully atmospheric descriptive passages, an assortment of clever hints and clues, and a perfectly accomplished first person narrative from a very intriguingly developed protagonist. there is an eerie, almost free-f [...]


  • 4 1/2 StarsDavid has an ominous feeling that his twin brother Colin is in serious danger so he leaves the US and heads off to England to see what’s what. He discovers terrible things have indeed occurred. As he attempts to figure out exactly what has happened, he finds himself residing temporarily in Colin’s gorgeous cabin and meeting some interesting characters along the way who clue him in on Colin, Colin’s wife and the home’s ominous past. He is left to ferret out the rest of the secr [...]


  • This is the third book I've read by Bernard Taylor, and he continues to impress me.Taylor's writing is full of suspense and an "unspecified" terror that just continues to build relentlessly throughout the entire novel. I can honestly say that I felt the tension never let up! This was one of those stories that you simply CAN'T stop yourself from reading, once it hooks you.His words are beautifully chilling--an "old-style" ghost story that keeps you guessing until the final, jaw-dropping chapters. [...]


  • For the love of all that's holy, why have I never read this book before, and why is Bernard Taylor not a household name? I'm absurdly wary when trying out a new author--ironic for a fairly new author himself, I know--and without several trusted recommendations, I won't take the plunge. Life is too short to read bad books. But SWEETHEART, SWEETHEART is a *glorious* book. A nasty, spine-tingling, elegant, insomnia-inducing, beautiful, ghastly book. If you appreciate great writing and intricate plo [...]


  • The smell of roses was so strong.For 95% of the book, this was an enjoyable, suspenseful story about David who returns to England from New York to find out what happened to his twin brother.I didn't like David, and some of the suspenseful descriptions were overdone a bit, but most of the book was a good story.And then Taylor spoiled the book for me with an onslaught of gratuitous violence and something that I can only describe as a gore-storm. Not for me.


  • 4.5 Stars!"Take a candle with you - - - you'll need the light, because what's waiting for you in the darkness doesn't want to leave. Ever." (Michael Rowe)Sweetheart, Sweetheart begins as an innocent, but engrossing "who dun-nit" mystery that slowly turns threateningd deadly with an evil apparition exhibiting loads of guile.This classic-style ghost story, first published in 1977, appears to be a "sleeper" on GR so do not miss out! While not super scary (for me) or filled with blood and gore, it i [...]


  • This book was great. The third Bernard Taylor horror novel I've read this year and all three from the wonderful Valancourt! This is probably my favorite of the trio.This is a haunted house tale, a mystery, a tale of heartbreak and loss. The main character, David, is a twin, rejected by his father, homeless in a way, a bit of a coward, desperate for love. He returns to England to find that his brother is dead and he's inherited a lovely country cottage with a dark history. Cue a relentless buildi [...]


  • This is easily one of the best haunted house stories I have ever read. It is chock full of 'Don't do that!' moments from start to finish. Truly terrifying. My thanks to Char and the folks at theHorror Aficionados group for giving me the opportunity to read and discuss this and many other fine books.


  • A brilliant example of how a ghost story should be written. Slow growing menace and an ending you won't see coming place this novel beside The Woman in Black and Haunted. A tapestry of secrets hides an ugly truth within an idyllic English cottageundying love is the deadliest emotion. Highly recommended.


  • This hardcover edition is numbered 40 of 250 copies produced and is signed by:Bernard Taylor Charles L. Grant (facsimile signature)Lisa Desimini


  • This is how horror should be written! wonderful stuff Mr Taylor. I have a confession to make, I was never aware of Bernard Taylor, horror author, until recently that was until I was introduced to his 1977 ghost story, Sweetheart Sweetheart which I understand was chosen by Charles L Grant as one of the 100 best horror novels. The 1970’s saw the emergence and growth of King, Koontz and Herbert with their astounding debuts of Carrie, The Rats and Demon Child (Koontz writing as Deanna Dwyer and th [...]


  • 'Sweetheart, Sweetheart' is a TERRIFYING story!!!!! Well-written, atmospheric, and extremely scary!Published in 1977, many fans of horror fiction consider this novel a classic, and I can see why. It reminded me a little of The Turn of the Screw by Henry James because of how the book begins(view spoiler)[, but unlike James' novel, Bernard Taylor's more modern book leaves no doubt about there being a paranormal horror hanging about - there IS(hide spoiler)] a ghost haunting the owners of a lovely [...]


  • I’m not sure what took me so long to read Bernard Taylor, but evidently, I have been missing out. This is a great example of 1970’s old school atmospheric horror. The building dread and tension are palpable in this one as long buried secrets are slowly revealed, leading up to the appropriately twisted conclusion. A very well written, dark and brooding, ghost story/murder mystery.A Solid 4+ Stars. I am looking forward to reading more from this author.


  • Roughly 40 years old and considered a classic by many, this was more of a quiet horror relying on atmospheric chills rather than sledgehammer to the back of the skull shocks. Friend reviews left me with high expectations and while I did enjoy it, it wasn't quite on par with other ghost stories from that era like The Shining and Hell House. Still, it was pleasantly unsettling enough to be worth checking out. 3.5 stars rounded up because the prose was outstanding.I received a free copy from audiob [...]


  • One of the most maddening books I've ever read, of course, I've never been good at solving things. Well worth every ounce of misery!


  • This freaky and eerie vintage paperback is shrouded in mystery, horror and the paranormal, with one grief-stricken man trying to find out who - or what - exactly, killed his brother and his brother's wife, too. Sweetheart, Sweetheart is a great story, really creepy and unforgettable.



  • I am loving Valancourt's republishing of these older horror novels. Sweetheart, Sweetheart is a classic, slow-building ghost story. David returns to England to visit his twin brother and realizes his brother has been involved in something bizarre and tragic. As he stays in his brother's (and his sister-in-law's) cozy cottage in some small English village, he comes to feel that not is as seemingly welcoming and placid as he initially believed. I shan't say more lest I give away the plot, but cree [...]



  • I have a confession to make, I was never aware of Bernard Taylor, horror author, until recently that was until I was introduced to his 1977 ghost story, Sweetheart Sweetheart which I understand was chosen by Charles L Grant as one of the 100 best horror novels. The 1970’s saw the emergence and growth of King, Koontz and Herbert with their astounding debuts of Carrie, The Rats and Demon Child (Koontz writing as Deanna Dwyer and this was really his first attempt at Gothic style horror) and yet B [...]


  • I can't see the sun right now; there's an angel in the way.Is that a great first line or what? A slow burn, atmospheric ghost story right up there with the best of them.David has this gnawing feeling that he needs to see his twin. He returns to England and the village where his brother has been living with his new wife only to discover a shocking revelation. What starts as a mystery slowly turns into something else as David struggles to unravel what has happened. Using the setting of an insular [...]


  • This is a beautifully written and subtle slow burn ghost story. Gradually the discomfort and odd atmosphere builds stronger and stronger in each part, until the third part is extremely sinister and violent. I will be looking out for more of Taylor's work in future.



  • This is the 3rd book that I have read by Bernard Taylor. Sweetheart, Sweetheart, is the best one so far. Originally published in 1979, this bone chilling ghost story holds it own through time. David lives in New York with his girlfriend Shelaghi. David has a twin brother name Colin, who lives in Hillingdon, England. David believes that his brother is in grave danger. He decides to travel to England on a gut feeling to make sure everything is alright. Upon his arrival, David discover that his bro [...]


  • What a fantastic ghost story! Why have I not read this before?! I just love Bernard Taylor's writing style; it was tough to put the book down. (I know that folks often say that, but I seriously found it difficult to stop reading. On a number of occasions, I put the book down and turned off the lighty to jump back up, turn the light back on and start reading again!)Taylor, in both his description and dialogues, builds such a beautifully eerie atmosphere and growing suspense. I love how I feel jus [...]



  • This is the third book I've read by Bernard Taylor, and he continues to impress me.Taylor's writing is full of suspense and an "unspecified" terror that just continues to build relentlessly throughout the entire novel. I can honestly say that I felt the tension never let up! This was one of those stories that you simply CAN'T stop yourself from reading, once it hooks you.His words are beautifully chilling--an "old-style" ghost story that keeps you guessing until the final, jaw-dropping chapters. [...]


  • The Elementals by Michael McDowell was my first foray into Valancourt Books, a publishing company whose goal is to reprint classic, atmospheric horror novels (among other subjects). It was a great book, as was Robert Masello's Burnt Offerings, another of their reprints, so I've started paying attention to them. Sweetheart, Sweetheart is another of their reprints, and it's also the book Charles L. Grant thought was one of the best ghost stories ever written, so of course I had to read this one, t [...]


  • I picked this up because it showed up on an enticing list (most underrated horror stories, or something to that effect) and had such good reviews/ratings. However, I just have to comment on some of the highly over-rated (IMO) reviews posted here. First of all, the writing style is far from elegant. I have never read a book that so incredibly overuses both the dash and the “…” In pretty much every conversation in the book the characters can barely get a sentence out without pausing or hesit [...]


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