by Susan Hill

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From the jacket:

In the apartment of Oliver's old professor at Cambridge, there is a painting on the wall, a mysterious depiction of masked revelers at the Venice carnival. On this cold winter's night, the old professor has decided to reveal the painting's eerie secret. The dark art of the Venetian scene, instead of imitating life, has the power to entrap it. To stare into the painting is to play dangerously with the unseen demons it hides, and become the victim of its macabre beauty.

By the renowned storyteller Susan Hill--whose first ghost story, The Woman in Black, has run for eighteen years as a play in London's West End--here is a new take on a form that is fully classical and, in Hill's able hands, newly vital. The Man in the Picture is a haunting tale of loss, love, and the very basest fear of our beings.

Granted this is a very short story, at only 145 pages, I found myself unable to put it down once I started reading. I have never read anything my Susan Hill but am familiar with her work as I have seen The Woman in Black. I knew this story would be filled with detail and suspense. She has the ability to draw you into her story which is quite funny when you think about how this particular tale is about a dark painting with the ability to entrap any who stare too long. Much like horror movies I found myself screaming "NO!" "You were warned" "How could you be so foolish".

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