Wintertime in the moody, atmospheric mists of East Anglia. Diving into the cold, murky water of a lake, Kit and Joe find an elaborate patten - a Fen word for ice skate. Its return to the surface is not widely welcomed and, as it emerges, the story of how the skate became detached from its owner fifty years ago leads the boys deep into a chilling mystery whose conclusion is yet to be played out. What could have been surging up through the ice that day half a century past that so frightened young Tom Townley? Why has Tom suffered constantly from nightmares and visions of beings who make no noise, but so menacingly watch? Who are they watching now - and why?
John Gordon was born in 1925. A Geordie by birth, he moved to East Anglia with his family at the age of twelve. He served in the Navy during the Second World War and afterwards worked as a journalist. He is widely recognised as one of the finest contemporary writers of horror and the supernatural. His books include THE GIANT UNDER THE SNOW, THE BURNING BABY AND OTHER GHOSTS, GILRAY'S GHOST, THE FLESH EATER and THE MIDWINTER WATCH. Married with two grown-up children, he lives in Norwich.