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The iconic and terrifying collaboration from two of the greatest storytellers of our time…

Twelve-year-old Jack spends his days alone in a deserted coastal town, his father gone, his mother dying. Then he meets a stranger – and embarks on a terrifying journey. For Jack must find the Talisman, the only thing that can save his mother.

His quest takes him into the menacing Territories, a parallel world where violence, surprise and the titanic struggle between good and evil reach across a mythic landscape.

‘Extraordinary . . . makes your hair stand on end’ Washington Post

‘The ultimate in storytelling by two masters of the craft’ Independent


One of the most brilliant and chilling thrillers of modern times ... a thrill-a-minute ghost train ride of a novel, filled with astonishingly vivid characters. Reading it is like holding on to a live electric wire. You may want to put it down, but you find that you can't
Fabulous ... the ultimate in storytelling by two masters of the craft
Chilling horror story or fantastic journey through a strange world ... the book works like ... well, like magic