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John Farris – The Captors

Posted by demonik on May 18, 2009

John Farris – The Captors (NEL, August 1971)

First published in the USA by Trident Press, 1969
First NEL hardback edition 1970
First NEL paperback edition August 1971

John Farris - The Captors

John Farris - The Captors

Love this cover for some reason.

Some uncertainty initially as to whether The Captors should, strictly speaking, be included on the list of NEL Horrors. The back cover describes it as “an original spine-tingler” – “The story concerns the abduction of Carol Watterson. What was the point of the kidnapping? Was it someone’s idea of a joke? As the reader will find out to his horror, the outcome of this chilling new suspense novel is no laughing matter.”

Hmm, mystery & suspense..?

If in doubt, let’s have a look at an extract…

“He sat up with a gruesome strained elegance like an aged man welcoming sickroom visitors. The rain had partly cleansed his face but there were dark gobbets of blood everywhere. Blood had come from the ear suspended Dali-like and obscenely auditory by a scrap of tough gristle; from the steep gash which exposed pearly teeth deep in his jaw; from multiple stab wounds and a cut throat. He tried valiantly to speak to her. But obviously his vocal cords had been severely damaged, or sliced in two…”

Spine-tingling horror… ears suspended by scraps of gristle… severed vocal cords…

…sounds OK to me.

Steve Goodwin

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