In the summer of 1985, fifteen-year-old Sam Crowhurst discovers an old abandoned cinema that screens movies made by ghosts, for ghosts.
Sam, along with his friends, Emma and David, find themselves drawn into a world where the likes of Humphrey Bogart, Lon Chaney and Theda Bara are still making pictures; where Harold Lloyd and John Belushi team up for roustabout comedies, and Karloff and Lugosi appear in films scripted by Edgar Allan Poe. Sam comes to learn the mysteries of the Electric cinema and his part to play in its long and strange history.
THE ELECTRIC is about movies, ghosts, and that ephemeral moment in all of our lives, childhood.
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Reviews of “The Electric”
“Eloquent, shimmering writing unfurls a haunting story of childhood, grief and obsession” – Simon Clark
“Barker has crafted a wonderful story that picks apart the tragedy of loss and the slow process of acceptance. I was reminded of classic early fiction of Stephen King.” – The Eloquent Page
“The Electric is an impressive first novel. Andrew David Barker’s style is whimsical and nostalgic, and the work reads like the haziest recollections of a childhood long since gone.” – Starburst Magazine
“The Electric is more than a book – just as its namesake is more than a cinema – it’s an experience to dive into and wallow in. It’s a link to the past and a way to think about what’s really important about life. Its heart beats beautiful pulses of nostalgia and grief, but it is full of affirmation too: the joy of discovery; the value of insight; the depths of friendship, love and family ties, and the powerful cement of a shared experience.” – Geek Syndicate
“This is an extraordinary book, a beautiful tale of loss, of teenage alienation.” – David Dubrow, The Ginger Nuts of Horror site
“There were two scenes at the end that I honestly believe will stay with me for a very long time, and one sentence that actually brought tears to my eyes.” – Ebookwyrm Review Blog
“The novel is perfectly paced, keeps you engaged with the characters who grow as the story develops and has a wonderful and apt ending.” – Wayne Marinovich, author of the Kyle Gibbs series