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Michael Slade – Shrink

Posted by demonik on December 1, 2019

Michael Slade – Shrink  (NEL, 1998)

 Chris Moore

Blurb:

Once your head’s cut off, that’s the worst that can happen to it, right?

Wrong…

Over a decade ago, Michael Slade exploded onto the international psychohorror thriller scene with Headhunter. Now comes SHRINK, his latest soul-searing exploration of the most chilling reaches of perverted lust and multiple murder.

The Special X unit is mailed a shrunken human head by a crazed killer out to taunt them. A grisly campaign of terror in which male victims are hunted down and viciously brutalised before being beheaded is underway. And as the slaughter continues, it becomes apparent that more than one psycho is at work.

Robert DeClereq, Zinc Chandler and other members of the Special X team find themselves embroiled in a complex case of nightmare horror come to dreadful life – a case with its twisted roots in a dark past of obscene, sadistic ritual where the screams of the damned echo eternally through the most labyrinthine dungeon of all; the human mind ….

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Stephen King – The Running Man

Posted by demonik on June 7, 2014

Stephen King – The Running Man (NEL, 1993)

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Blurb:
THE RUNNING MAN
Every night they tuned in to the nation’s favourite prime-time TV game show:
They, all watched, from the sprawling polluted slums, to the security-obsessed enclaves of the rich. They all watched the ultimate live death game as the contestants tried to beat, not the clock, but annihilation at the hands of the Hunters. Survive thirty days and win the billion dollar jackpot –that was the promise. But the odds were brutal and the game rigged. Best score so far was eight days.

And now there was a new contestant, the latest Running Man, staking his life while a nation watched.

The Running Man  is also available as part of the one volume edition  The Bachman Books by Stephen King

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William Godwin – Caleb Williams

Posted by demonik on June 29, 2011

William Godwin – Caleb Williams   (Four Square, June 1966)

Blurb

WILLIAM GODWIN, renowned as he is for this masterpiece, Caleb Williams is probably even better known as the father of Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, who was the creator of the greatest of all horror stories, Frankenstein. Born in 1756, Godwin had a Christian upbringing but suddenly and inexplicably turned ‘complete unbeliever’ in 1787. He took up writing and set out deliberately to attack all the standards of society — much of his energy concentrated on marriage, which he called ‘the worst of all laws’. He also attacked the powers of landlords and spearheaded his campaign with this book. To support himself and his family he ran a bookselling business which gradually pushed him further and further into debt until finally he sought a job in the civil service. In later life his writing became less antagonistic — and less successful. He died in 1836.

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Michael Slade – Headhunter

Posted by demonik on June 16, 2009

Michael Slade – Headhunter (New English Library, 1993)

Chris Moore

Chris Moore

Blurb from NEL edition of Cutthroat:

By the time the second mutilated body was found, the press were talking about the Headhunter and the city of Vancouver was ready to explode with fear.

And then the photographs arrived. Carefully posed shots of the women’s heads stuck on poles. Enough to convince Superintendent Robert DeClercq that they were dealing with a very special kind of killer. A killer who inhabited a bizarre world of cannibalism, torture and sexual perversion.

A killer who was only just beginning …

‘Bizarre … full of tension and mystery with unforget­e scenes and weird happenings’ – The Scotsman
‘Well  written, very well researched … a gripper’ – Daily Mail
‘Macabre … a very polished tale’ – Sunday Telegraph
‘A thinking man’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ – The Vancouver Sun

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Stephen Gallagher – Valley Of Lights

Posted by demonik on October 6, 2007

Stephen Gallagher – Valley Of Lights (Nel, 1988)

blurb:
Phoenix Police Sergeant Alex Volchak is having a hard enough time holding together the somewhat battered remains of his life even before the call to the Paradise motel. It is at this sleazy location that he finds the bodies – inert and barely clinging to life – that the local press are quick to label ‘zombies’. And when one of them seems to have got up from a hospital bed and simply walked away, Volchak has a major problem on his hands. It is a problem, furthermore, which no-one else seems anxious to share, even when Alex becomes convinced that the incident is related to a gruesome set of murders.

Is it me, or is that a deathly dull cover? Either way, it’s the reason why I passed on Valley Of Lights until Jerrylad kindly gave me a copy at Zardoz. More fool me.

Part 1: The Shell Game

Sergeant Alex Volchak lives for his job because, as he points out, since his wife left him his world outside is an empty void. All that might be about to change. Lately he’s struck up a friendship with single mum Loretta and her little daughter Georgina and romance is in the air.

On the professional front, he’s been called to a sleazy dump in Skid Row central to investigate the pseudo-‘death’s of three men from wildly different backgrounds who have no business sharing a room, but there they are, slumped before the TV, literally brainless. Their breathing borders on the non-existent and when he attempts to move one the guy gives up the ghost altogether.

Volchak learns that the room was rented to Gilberto Mercado, a Mexican with a badly beat-up face on account of his hanging around playgrounds sizing up infants, and decides to wait for him to return. However, when Mercado sets eyes on him, he legs it, dropping his grocery bags which smash on the pavement. His shopping consists of umpteen cans of baby food in various flavours which he’s evidently been using as sustenance for the trio in suspended animation. When Volchak eventually nails his man, the Mex deliberately drops dead on him. At that precise moment, one of the ‘zombies’ springs up on its trolley and beats it out of the Hospital.

Shortly afterward, it commits the first of the child murders.

Volchak realises that the zombie, the two other brain-deads and the late Mercado have each of them been used as a host body by a terrible elemental, although how he can make his superiors buy his enlightened theory is another matter. Thinking to put an end to the body-thievery, he locates the next zombie-in-waiting and garrottes him, dumping his corpse in the waste disposal. Locating the escaped patient, he drives him out into the desert. The parasite admits to what he is but warns Volchak that he can’t be destroyed. When the sergeant informs him that he no longer has a body to flee into, the entity seemingly panics. Volchak blows him away. The End.

Or so he thinks …

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