|First Light (1989) [Novel]|
by Peter Ackroyd
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(From the publisher):
begins with an ominous coincidence: the reappearance of the ancient night sky during the excavation of an astronomically aligned neolithic grave in Dorset. Add to this a group of wonderful eccentrics—archaelogists, astronomers, a civil servant, a stand-up comic, local rustics—who converge on the site to disturb the quiet seclusion of Pilgirm Valley.
Someone (or something) is trying to sabotage the best efforts of the excavators, headed by Mark Clare, to unearth the dormant secrets of the burial ground. Meanwhile, at the nearby observatory, astronomer Damien Fall, his telescope focused on the red star Aldebaran, is unnerved by the deeper signifigance he imputes to the celestial sophistication of the region's ancient inhabitants. And Joey Hanover, a retired music-hall and TV entertainer searching for his own past, has learned secrets from Farmer Mint and his son, Boy, the weirdly cryptic guardians of their ancestral home in the valley. What do all of these, among others, have in common?
Original title: First Light
Genre: Fiction→ Horror→ Dark Fantasy