Where the Shadows Stalk and its sequel. It is from the Forbidden Gateway series, which sadly only had two titles. When I was a child, I had read and completed the sequel, which I might blog about in the upcoming months, but I never finished Where the Shadows Stalk, in fact I had barely started it. I remember now that it had strong Lovecraftian elements, which I had never seen before as I had not read Lovecraft yet. But it was also heavily influenced, I think, with classic Gothic horror tales and old Hammer movies. The action is set in Wales, in a little village. This is a perfect atmospheric setting.
I have started reading it yesterday and it is already a pleasure. You play a "psychic investigator" (whatever that is). Your primary weapon is a knobkerrie (which made me discover them, thank you Google, and isn't it a neat little bit of exotism), but you find others throughout the adventure, including some magical items. It is not as good as reading a good horror story, but it is an enjoyable interactive read, mixing adventure with horror. It reminds me of the old games of Call of Cthulhu I used to play, but (so far) without the sci-fi influences. The gamebook displays a more classic type of horror. And because the character is played by you (or, in that instance, me), it makes the reader/player more involved in the story as "normal" fiction. On a cool autumn evening, waiting for Halloween, it is a great read, as chilling as it is entertaining.
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