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The inhabitant of the lake and less welcome tenants

by Ramsey Campbell

  Print book : Fiction

"The Church in High Street" summary   (2018-02-09)


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by billborre

"The Church in High Street" - A man seeking a friend hears a story about a temple in another dimension that exists in the same location as a church and connected to this world through a gate opened by rituals performed at certain times of the year by the townsfolk. Upon reading the friend's diary the man speculates that he may have become trapped in the church and journeys forth in hopes of rescuing him. Examining the depths of the church he comes across several bodies and assumes his friend is lying among them but he's terrified of a portal which opens and begins to spew fungoid creatures. One of them touches his ankle and he faints. When he revives he flees the church but realizes he has left his car keys inside and rather than reenter decides to flee town on foot. He is struck by a car and taken to hospital. He gives his story but none of the details check out and his car cannot be located. He feels drawn to return to the church and rather than face that horror he resolves to kill himself.

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