Read Chalk Online Free - Andrew Waggoner has always hung around with the losers in his school, desperately hoping each day that the school bullies — led by Drake — will pass by him in search of other prey. But one day they force him into the woods, and the bullying escalates into something more; something unforgivable; something unthinkable.
Broken, both physically and emotionally, something dies in Waggoner, and something else is born in its place.
In the hills of the West Country a chalk horse stands vigil over a site of ancient power, and there Waggoner finds in himself a reflection of rage and vengeance, a power and persona to topple those who would bring him low.
Paul Cornell plumbs the depths of magic and despair in this brutal exploration of bullying in Margaret Thatcher's England.
|Number of Pages||:||260 pages|
April 06, 2017
There are quite a few things that become apparent whilst reading ‘Chalk’ by Paul Cornell. The first is that Cornell is a big fan of popular tv show Doctor Who (edit: I recently found out he is one of the writers for Doctor Who! Who knew?! Not me), brought about by the many references to the popul...
March 28, 2017
Chalk by Paul Cornell is one of those books that causes a struggle within the reader as to if the entertainment value overcomes the brutal and horrific events that are depicted in the story. Chalk is a story of extreme bullying, where the main character is physically altered by the bullies with a...
August 08, 2017
So um. This was messed up Like, The Wasp Factory level disturbing. These two books share a lot of similarities- mainly all the emotionally detached murder, isolation and themes of genital mutilation. o.0 Yeah.
Please excuse me while I go read a My Little Pony book or something. My brain feels tr...
July 20, 2017
It's a great read. I'm not usually one for paranormal stories, but this one blends it in so fluidly, almost under the radar, to the point that it actually felt natural. Andrews's story of revenge is cold and calculating at times, brutal at others. If you enjoy the more graphic depictions you shou...
April 07, 2017
Full review: A Bohemian Mind at Work
Paul Cornell's latest dark fantasy novel focuses its spotlight on a little town where chalk soil is a natural occurrence. Here, the lives of a handful of teenagers raised in Margaret Thatcher's England change forever due to a cruel turn of fate.
As Paul Cornell...
July 01, 2017
Has anyone written a PHD thesis on the importance of bullying as a subject in horror fiction? I have a theory (it’s only a theory) that all horror writers and readers were bullied, and that the horror genre itself is a form of revenge.
Anyway, Chalk is a novel that has bullying at it’s heart. The...
April 17, 2017
Received to review via Netgalley; publication date 21st March 2017
I don’t quite know how to rate this, because it’s not much my thing. It’s a bit too close to horror, it’s so grim, and the teenage boy fixation with sex was, well, rather beyond my experience or anything I’m interested in. Bullying...
April 22, 2017
This one was a pleasant surprise. Just when I thought I know where it was going, BAM! It wasn't what I thought at all. It's fantastic when you finds a book that turns your expectations on their ear. It hit a lot of my sweet spots:
1. It's British. Very British.
2. The horror is unabashedly so.
February 07, 2017
Andrew Waggoner is an unremarkable schoolboy, just trying to get by without drawing attention of the school bullies. He is however, tragically and horrifyingly, unsuccessful. Something terrible happens to Waggoner and it awakens a power which promises to seek revenge on his behalf and heal him of...
March 20, 2017
I'm grateful to the publisher for an advance e-copy of this book via NetGalley.
This was one of those rare books that stopped me in my tracks. At times not an easy read, I felt it spoke to me, making the story involving, in places painful, but above all, personal.
I should explain that at school in...