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Raymond Hawley – It

Posted by demonik on May 21, 2009

Raymond Hawley – It (Nel, 1984)

Cover designed by Raymond Hawkey: Photograph of death-mask by Peter Williams

Cover designed by Raymond Hawkey: Photograph of death-mask by Peter Williams


Barely four months after the first hardback publication of It, the former head of the US Defense Intelligence Agency was forced to make the unprecedented public admission that – as revealed in It – his government was funding a multi-million dollar research program into the paranormal.

Already, as with his earlier, eerily prophetic bestsellers Wild Card and Side-Effect, Raymond Hawkey’s long researches among the labyrinths of the paranormal had touched on a flinching nerve of truth carefully hidden from an unsuspecting world.

It is the story of Dr Sarah Stuart, a coolly beautiful Scots parapsychologist who, while working in America, is made an offer she dare not refuse -for a Presidential request, carefully conveyed by a senior figure in Naval Intelligence, is an order.

Operation Endor, she is told, concerns the urgent debriefing of a mind of great evil and depravity, but with unequalled access to secret, globally important information.

Operation Endor needs her. Her orders are to raise the ghost of a dead Russian defector.


A team of paranormal researchers are attempting to entice the ghost from the body of a recently deceased Russian defector. They’re doing so on behalf of the C.I.A. who urgently need to debrief him. The comrade, in life the epitome of evil, evidently takes great exception to having his hideously mutilated remains left lying around while the parapsychologists conduct their mumbo jumbo, although he’s taken a shine to their leader, Dr. Sarah Stuart. She’s certainly has  a tough time of it as a consequence …..

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Laurence James – Paradise Lost

Posted by demonik on September 15, 2007

Laurence James – Paradise Lost (NEL 1984) paradise lost

Review by Nightreader

Paradise is the name of a very secluded, very exclusive and expensive Caribbean resort village for the pampered rich. The inhabitants of the luxury cabins on this remote island are real horrors in themselves: a surgery enhanced old lady with her stud toy boy, an aging gangster with his underage hooker playmate, a honeymooning gossip columnist with a cocaine habit and a very rich wife…

There’s also a brutal psychotic killer on the island, waiting to pick them off one by one.

The island staff are routinely swapped on Mondays, just when a huge storm hits the island, ensuring that the relief staff from the mainland are unable to land. The guests on the island are trapped. Someone has sent a message to the mainland saying the jetty is damaged and can’t receive the new staff…then the radio is smashed to bits. And the killings start.

This was a great fun read. Basically it’s Agatha Christie’s  Ten Little Niggers but with lots of sex and gory murders. And in the best tradition of whodunnits the killer isn’t revealed till the very end. There are lots of music references – one couple meet a very sticky end while Rod Stewart is playing on the stereo!

Nothing complicated here, the characters are interesting and superficially pretty awful people (just how we imagine celebs to be). Strangely you find yourself rooting for them by the end.

Good stuff. Recommended.

Review by Nightreader

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