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Elleston Trevor – The Sibling

Posted by demonik on August 12, 2017

Elleston Trevor – The Sibling  (NEL, 1980)

Blurb:
“And now you are even further back in time,” said Dr Reisenkonig softly. “Now you are only an infant, just eleven months old. Tell me, what do you remember?”
“I hate it. I hate it! It’s called sisser! Mommy goes away from me now, to see it! Hurt sisser! Burn sisser! Kill sisser! “

For three years they had been kept apart, torn from each other as children because they were both too wicked, too cruel to live together in the same house. They played weird and shocking games, turning their childhood into a battle-ground of hatred – forever testing, forever taunting, forcing each other closer to the brink. There was the boy’s favourite horse, screaming as it sought to trample him to death in its stable; a mutilated doll; a trapped rat ripping flesh away from the girl’s arm in its panic to escape: a boat slowly drifting away from land, its tiny occupant rigid with fear.

Now brother and sister meet again. Grown up and attractive, Debbie and Raff find a strange delight in each other’s company, and for their parents, millionaire banker Charles Stuyvesant and his wife, this Christmas promises to be a happy one. Yet, as old rivalries are submerged. as hate develops into love, the madness of their youth returns. No one is prepared for those first streaks of blood across the snow, for the sinister intrusion of a past demanding ritual and sacrifice, or for the accelerating violence that this time cannot he controlled.

This brilliant psychological thriller combines elements of horror, fantasy and unnatural passion with frightening intensity. The Sibling will stun you with its power.

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Stephen Laws – Spectre

Posted by demonik on August 31, 2014

Stephen Laws – Spectre  (NEL, 1994, originally Souvenir, 1986)

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Blurb:
They’d called themselves the Byker Chapter ….

They were inseparable:  six boys and one girl who’d grown up together in the back streets of Newcastle. Now the terraces are long gone, but Richard Eden has his memories – and one special photograph. All that is left of their joy – and betrayal …

Suddenly, impossibly, one by one the images begin to fade, as if his friends had never existed.

Something is stalking the Chapter – closing in for the kill. With each hideous death, another image fades from the photograph. Some spectre from the past, some horror they have unwittingly released, is out there on the darkened streets.Hunting them down.
They can run, but this time there is nowhere they can hide .. .

 

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Nick Sharman – The Surrogate

Posted by demonik on June 7, 2013

Nick Sharman – The Surrogate    (NEL, Nov 1981/ NAL 1980)

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Blurb:
The old man was dying. Shivering; rug-wrapped, his body wasted, the limbs already skeletal. His room was filled with the sweetly nauseating smell of decay.
Money he had had, ambition, power, intelligence and an icy determination. Always others had been bent to his will. Now these things would no longer serve. But one thing more he had.

Hate.

An absolute hatred of the one person who had defied him in his life. And now the power of that hatred would allow him to stretch out from beyond the grave and seek to destroy. The victim: his own grandson. A child.

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Laurence James – The Road

Posted by demonik on December 9, 2012

Laurence James – The Road   (NEL, 1983)

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Blurb:
The girl, half-naked, eyes demurely downcast, barely flinched as the knife blade pressed caressingly into the soft skin of her right breast.

Around her the chanting had died away and the ritual, rhythmic circling was stilled. A bead of blood … and another, another, sudden and bright in the candlelight, trembled, then trickled down the smooth flesh, splashing silently into the copper bowl.

Then came the incantations. Then the caged wren, bird of prophecy, was released to fly into the early sun.

Later, alone at the wheel of his car, a man cried out in panic as the windscreen exploded back into his face. Behind him, fluttering and broken by the impact, a bird lay on the road.

This was the first death.

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Alfred Hitchcock (Peter Haining) – Meet Death At Night

Posted by demonik on August 31, 2012

Alfred Hitchcock (Peter Haining) – Meet Death At Night & Other Tales Of Terror   (Four Square, May 1967)

Alfred Hitchcock Meet Death At Night

Clark Howard – Keeper Of The Crypt
D. A. Coleman – The Nightmare
C. B. Gifford – Meet Death At Night
Leo R. Ellis – Dead Giveaway
August Derleth – The Amateur Philologist
Pauline K. Prilucik – Mirror, Mirror
Ed Lacy – The Black-Eyed Denominator
Hilda Cushing – She Loved Funerals
James M. Gilmore – Avery’s Ghost
Fletcher Flora – For Money Received
Talmage Powell – Drawer 14
Joseph Caida – The 79 Murders Of Martha Hill Gibbs

Blurb:
Whilst reading this book you may notice a quickening of your heart-beat, a slight clamminess in the palms of your hands, a certain dryness in your mouth and a peculiar sensation at the back of your neck.
Dear reader:
You are in the grip of fear!
In this collection Alfred Hitchcock presents stories by C. B. Gifford, August Derleth, Ed Lacy, Clark Howard and other masters of the macabre.

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