Dark Matter (Paver novel)

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Dark Matter
Author Michelle Paver
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Speculative fiction
Ghost story
Publisher Orion Publishing Group
Publication date
October 21, 2010
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 256 (Hardcover)
ISBN 978-1-4091-2378-1
Preceded by Chronicles of Ancient Darkness

Dark Matter is a speculative fiction novel from Michelle Paver. Part horror, part ghost story, it was published in the UK on October 21, 2010.[1][2]

Critical reception[edit]

Eric Brown of The Guardian described the book as "a spellbinding read" and "the kind of subtly unsettling, understated ghost story MR James might have written had he visited the Arctic."[3]

Dark Matter was nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award for best novel.[4]

Paver includes a number of references to the author Robert Louis Stevenson. Firstly, the Stevenson screen is an instrument designed by Robert Louis Stevenson's father. Secondly, the character Gus Balfour's namesake comes from Robert Louis Stevenson's mother's maiden name; Balfour. This name is also shared by Stevenson's protagonist of his novel "Kidnapped".


  1. ^ "DARK MATTER is Published". michellepaver.com. October 20, 2010. Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  2. ^ "Orion Publishing Group: Dark Matter". Orion Publishing Group. Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  3. ^ Brown, Eric (October 9, 2010). "Dark Matter, Clowns at Midnight, Damage Time and Version 43 - reviews". The Guardian. Retrieved 2010-10-21. 
  4. ^ "2010 Shirley Jackson Awards Nominees". Shirley Jackson Awards. April 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-20. 

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