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* BewareTheNiceOnes: You couldn't meet a nicer policeman than Sergeant Nice. But that's not going to help you if you're behaving like the aliens in the story of the same name.


* TheLawsAndCustomsOfWar: As he [[spoiler: burns alive in his cockpit]] Gehlen endlessly recites his name, rank and serial number. In between describing what's happening to him and [[IWantMyMommy crying for his mother.]]


'''''Break of Dark''''' is an anthology of [[ShortStory short fiction]] by English author Creator/RobertWestall, first published in 1982. There are five stories in the anthology, all of them dealing with supernatural occurrences against the backdrop of typical life. The title refers to the point at which the weird and sinister crosses over into the mundane and interacts with humans; when the irrational and inexplicable comes into conflict with the familiar and ordinary.

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'''''Break ''Break of Dark''''' Dark'' is an anthology of [[ShortStory short fiction]] by English author Creator/RobertWestall, first published in 1982. There are five stories in the anthology, all of them dealing with supernatural occurrences against the backdrop of typical life. The title refers to the point at which the weird and sinister crosses over into the mundane and interacts with humans; when the irrational and inexplicable comes into conflict with the familiar and ordinary.


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* "Blackham's Wimpy": During the [[WorldWarII Second World War]] a British bomber crew experience a haunting encounter with a German fighter-pilot.

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* "Blackham's Wimpy": During the [[WorldWarII [[UsefulNotes/WorldWarII Second World War]] a British bomber crew experience a haunting encounter with a German fighter-pilot.



* WorldWarII: "Blackham's Wimpy" is set during the later stages of the Second World War; it's centred around the crew of a Wellington bomber and their bomber groupmates.

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* WorldWarII: UsefulNotes/WorldWarII: "Blackham's Wimpy" is set during the later stages of the Second World War; it's centred around the crew of a Wellington bomber and their bomber groupmates.


''Break Of Dark'' is an anthology of [[ShortStory short fiction]] by English author Creator/RobertWestall, first published in 1982. There are five stories in the anthology, all of them dealing with supernatural occurrences against the backdrop of typical life. The title refers to the point at which the weird and sinister crosses over into the mundane and interacts with humans; when the irrational and inexplicable comes into conflict with the familiar and ordinary.

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''Break Of Dark'' '''''Break of Dark''''' is an anthology of [[ShortStory short fiction]] by English author Creator/RobertWestall, first published in 1982. There are five stories in the anthology, all of them dealing with supernatural occurrences against the backdrop of typical life. The title refers to the point at which the weird and sinister crosses over into the mundane and interacts with humans; when the irrational and inexplicable comes into conflict with the familiar and ordinary.



* ''Hitchhiker'': In which a young man out hiking and mountain climbing in North-west Scotland encounters a mysterious, naked blonde girl on the roadside. But where is she ''really'' from?
* ''Blackham's Wimpy'': During the [[WorldWarII Second World War]] a British bomber crew experience a haunting encounter with a German fighter-pilot.
* ''Fred, Alice and Aunty Lou'': A prank between grown-up school rivals turns distinctly nasty when something crosses over from the other side.
* ''St. Austin Friars'': A perfect parish for a new vicar. But why is someone making arrangements for a funeral a month in advance? And why are the Drogo family so very influential in Muncaster?
* ''Sergeant Nice'': A spate of mysterious thefts in a pretty seaside town drives the local policeman to distraction. Who can possibly be behind them and why can he never catch them? And why has a horse trough from 1903 suddenly appeared next to the town clocktower?

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* ''Hitchhiker'': "Hitchhiker": In which a young man out hiking and mountain climbing in North-west Scotland encounters a mysterious, naked blonde girl on the roadside. But where is she ''really'' from?
* ''Blackham's Wimpy'': "Blackham's Wimpy": During the [[WorldWarII Second World War]] a British bomber crew experience a haunting encounter with a German fighter-pilot.
* ''Fred, "Fred, Alice and Aunty Lou'': Lou": A prank between grown-up school rivals turns distinctly nasty when something crosses over from the other side.
* ''St. "St. Austin Friars'': Friars": A perfect parish for a new vicar. But why is someone making arrangements for a funeral a month in advance? And why are the Drogo family so very influential in Muncaster?
* ''Sergeant Nice'': "Sergeant Nice": A spate of mysterious thefts in a pretty seaside town drives the local policeman to distraction. Who can possibly be behind them and why can he never catch them? And why has a horse trough from 1903 suddenly appeared next to the town clocktower?



* CatScare: In ''Blackham's Wimpy'' Gary, C-Charlie's radio operator, boards S-Sugar at night with the intent of setting fire to it. He hears someone whispering in German and there's a hunched figure in the cockpit in flight crew gear... [[spoiler: turns out to be his own Captain, engaged in a HollywoodExorcism attempt.]]

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* CatScare: In ''Blackham's Wimpy'' "Blackham's Wimpy" Gary, C-Charlie's radio operator, boards S-Sugar at night with the intent of setting fire to it. He hears someone whispering in German and there's a hunched figure in the cockpit in flight crew gear... [[spoiler: turns out to be his own Captain, engaged in a HollywoodExorcism attempt.]]



* DelayedExplosion: The bomb used by [[spoiler: Sgt. Nice to blow up the aliens in ''Sergeant Nice'']] has its explosion delayed. Of course, this is caused by the bomb being transported to the alien ship, resulting in the explosion not being where you might expect it.

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* DelayedExplosion: The bomb used by [[spoiler: Sgt. Nice to blow up the aliens in ''Sergeant Nice'']] "Sergeant Nice"]] has its explosion delayed. Of course, this is caused by the bomb being transported to the alien ship, resulting in the explosion not being where you might expect it.



* ExpositionOfImmortality: In ''St. Austin Friars'', William Henry Drogo invites the Reverend to dinner and tells him several detailed stories about the past of Muncaster, as if he witness them directly. When challenged he simply states: ''"I am one hundred and ninety-two years old."''
* ForeignRemake: Anime director Creator/HayaoMiyazaki, of ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'' and ''Anime/SpiritedAway'' fame, wrote a manga called ''A Trip To Tynemouth'' about several of Westall's short fiction - principally the tale of ''Blackham's Wimpy.''

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* ExpositionOfImmortality: In ''St. "St. Austin Friars'', Friars", William Henry Drogo invites the Reverend to dinner and tells him several detailed stories about the past of Muncaster, as if he witness them directly. When challenged he simply states: ''"I am one hundred and ninety-two years old."''
* ForeignRemake: Anime director Creator/HayaoMiyazaki, of ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'' and ''Anime/SpiritedAway'' fame, wrote a manga called ''A Trip To to Tynemouth'' about several of Westall's short fiction stories - principally the tale of ''Blackham's "Blackham's Wimpy.''"



* InfantImmortality: Averted in ''Hitchhiker''; at the end of it, three babies end up dead.

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* InfantImmortality: Averted in ''Hitchhiker''; "Hitchhiker"; at the end of it, three babies end up dead.



* ISeeDeadPeople: In ''Blackham's Wimpy'' it's more a case of I Hear Dead People. ''Fred, Alice and Aunty Lou'' plays it a bit more straight, with Peter serving as unwitting [[BodyAndHost channel]] for the dead relatives to get back into the world and play havoc with Roger. At the end of the story, they're fully visible and tangible.

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* ISeeDeadPeople: In ''Blackham's Wimpy'' "Blackham's Wimpy" it's more a case of I Hear Dead People. ''Fred, "Fred, Alice and Aunty Lou'' Lou" plays it a bit more straight, with Peter serving as unwitting [[BodyAndHost channel]] for the dead relatives to get back into the world and play havoc with Roger. At the end of the story, they're fully visible and tangible.



* LaserGuidedAmnesia: At the end of ''St. Austin Friars,'' the Drogo's erase the Reverend William's memories of the burial.
* LaserGuidedKarma: In ''Blackham's Wimpey'', the guided karma missile gets both sides. Gehlen dies after his crew are overhead gloating about being about to shoot down Blackham, and then his ghost haunts Blackham into insanity and his crew into suicide. As Dada puts it - ''"they shouldn't have laughed at him."''

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* LaserGuidedAmnesia: At the end of ''St. "St. Austin Friars,'' Friars," the Drogo's Drogos erase the Reverend William's memories of the burial.
* LaserGuidedKarma: In ''Blackham's Wimpey'', "Blackham's Wimpey", the guided karma missile gets both sides. Gehlen dies after his crew are overhead gloating about being about to shoot down Blackham, and then his ghost haunts Blackham into insanity and his crew into suicide. As Dada puts it - ''"they shouldn't have laughed at him."''



* NakedOnArrival: Joan Smith, the slightly odd girl encountered in ''Hitchhiker'' first appears completely naked. She claims this is because her clothes have been stolen.

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* NakedOnArrival: Joan Smith, the slightly odd girl encountered in ''Hitchhiker'' "Hitchhiker" first appears completely naked. She claims this is because her clothes have been stolen.



* OurVampiresAreDifferent: It's never out-and-out stated, but it's very heavily implied that the Drogo family are some kind of vampire. At the end of ''St. Austin Friars'' Mr. Drogo comments that ''"There are still people cruel enough to sharpen stakes for us."'' There's no blood-drinking going on, though and they don't seem to have a problem with daylight or reproduction.

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* OurVampiresAreDifferent: It's never out-and-out stated, but it's very heavily implied that the Drogo family are some kind of vampire. At the end of ''St. "St. Austin Friars'' Friars" Mr. Drogo comments that ''"There are still people cruel enough to sharpen stakes for us."'' There's no blood-drinking going on, though though, and they don't seem to have a problem with daylight or reproduction.



* SlobsVersusSnobs: A very mild version plays out between Peter Wingfield and Roger Trembling in ''Fred, Alice and Aunty Lou.'' Wingfield is unkempt, scruffily dressed, a chronic smoker and lives in a dilapidated old house full of mouldering antiques and dying pot plants, which Trembling refers to as "The Haunted Mansion." Roger lives in an ultra-modern villa with Modernist furnishings and chrome kitchen fittings, works for a computer company and plays squash every week. Peter refers to his house as "Mission Control."

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* SlobsVersusSnobs: A very mild version plays out between Peter Wingfield and Roger Trembling in ''Fred, "Fred, Alice and Aunty Lou.'' " Wingfield is unkempt, scruffily dressed, a chronic smoker and lives in a dilapidated old house full of mouldering antiques and dying pot plants, which Trembling refers to as "The Haunted Mansion." Roger lives in an ultra-modern villa with Modernist furnishings and chrome kitchen fittings, works for a computer company and plays squash every week. Peter refers to his house as "Mission Control."



* WorldWarII: ''Blackham's Wimpy'' is set during the later stages of the Second World War; it's centred around the crew of a Wellington bomber and their bomber groupmates.

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* WorldWarII: ''Blackham's Wimpy'' "Blackham's Wimpy" is set during the later stages of the Second World War; it's centred around the crew of a Wellington bomber and their bomber groupmates.groupmates.
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* ForeignRemake: Anime director HayaoMiyazaki, of ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'' and ''Anime/SpiritedAway'' fame, wrote a manga called ''A Trip To Tynemouth'' about several of Westall's short fiction - principally the tale of ''Blackham's Wimpy.''

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* ForeignRemake: Anime director HayaoMiyazaki, Creator/HayaoMiyazaki, of ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'' and ''Anime/SpiritedAway'' fame, wrote a manga called ''A Trip To Tynemouth'' about several of Westall's short fiction - principally the tale of ''Blackham's Wimpy.''


* OldFashionedCopper: Sergeant Nice, real name Sgt. William Bainbridge, is the DixonOfDockGreen end of the scale ramped UpToEleven. He runs the police newspaper, does charity work, always has his uniform scrupulously and spotlessly clean and makes uplifting slogan out of flower beds.

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* OldFashionedCopper: Sergeant Nice, real name Sgt. William Bainbridge, is the DixonOfDockGreen Series/DixonOfDockGreen end of the scale ramped UpToEleven. He runs the police newspaper, does charity work, always has his uniform scrupulously and spotlessly clean and makes uplifting slogan out of flower beds.


* DelayedExplosion: The bomb used by [[spoiler: Sgt. Nice to blow up the aliens in ''Sergeant Nice'']] has it's explosion delayed. Of course, this is caused by the bomb being transported to the alien ship, resulting in the explosion not being where you might expect it.

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* DelayedExplosion: The bomb used by [[spoiler: Sgt. Nice to blow up the aliens in ''Sergeant Nice'']] has it's its explosion delayed. Of course, this is caused by the bomb being transported to the alien ship, resulting in the explosion not being where you might expect it.



* ForeignRemake: Anime director Hayao Miyazaki, or MyNeighbourTotoro and SpiritedAway fame, wrote a manga called ''A Trip To Tynemouth'' about several of Westall's short fiction - principally the tale of ''Blackham's Wimpy.''

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* ForeignRemake: Anime director Hayao Miyazaki, or MyNeighbourTotoro HayaoMiyazaki, of ''Anime/MyNeighborTotoro'' and SpiritedAway ''Anime/SpiritedAway'' fame, wrote a manga called ''A Trip To Tynemouth'' about several of Westall's short fiction - principally the tale of ''Blackham's Wimpy.''


* PeopleJars: The aliens who are behind the thefts in Graymouth are seen to have some of these. Specifically, they have a set of what are described as ''"huge glass bottles, like in the biology lab at school";'' in which are the various organs and parts of the cats and dogs and the one little girl they've vivisected. [[HighOctaneNightmareFuel The heads of the unfortunates are still alive, set on top of each bottle.]]

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* PeopleJars: The aliens who are behind the thefts in Graymouth are seen to have some of these. Specifically, they have a set of what are described as ''"huge glass bottles, like in the biology lab at school";'' in which are the various organs and parts of the cats and dogs and the one little girl they've vivisected. [[HighOctaneNightmareFuel The heads of the unfortunates are still alive, set on top of each bottle.]]


* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Leutnant Dieter Gehlen of the Luftwaffe, is shot down by the crew of the titular Blackham's Wimpy. He haunts the aircraft that shot him down, manifesting as a perpetual repeat of the events leading to his death every time the bomber is flown. S-Sugar comes through every raid she flies in unscathed, but the crew using her will die on their next mission.

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* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Leutnant Dieter Gehlen of the Luftwaffe, is shot down by the crew of the titular eponymous Blackham's Wimpy. He haunts the aircraft that shot him down, manifesting as a perpetual repeat of the events leading to his death every time the bomber is flown. S-Sugar comes through every raid she flies in unscathed, but the crew using her will die on their next mission.


* ChekhovsGun: When Kitson first enters Idris' office, the First Tape, the record of the first data he ever gave Laura is hung on the wall in a glass display case. Idris later reveals that it's actually [[spoiler: the [[LogicBomb last tape]], a datatape he keeps to destroy Laura so that they can never get rid of ''him.'']]

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