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3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  1,134 ratings  ·  243 reviews
Paperback. Pub Date: 2012 Pages: 356 Publisher: Macmillan The new horror from this Rising Star of The macaeIndie filmmaker Kyle Freeman is a man at the end of his tether. He Faces Bankruptcy and Obscurity until he lands a commission to make an unusual documentary. The Temple of the Last Days was a notorious cult. which reached its bloody endgame in the Arizona desert in 19 ...more
Paperback, 531 pages
Published 2012 by Macmillan
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I am a recent convert to the writing of Adam Nevill. Hailed as the UK's answer to Stephen King, Nevill writes complex and deep horror. I was keen to get stuck into this one after buying it to see if it was as exciting and as scary as some of his other books. It's nice to have some British horror authors popping up with their talent to be part of the horror genre scenes.

When indie filmmaker, Kyle Freeman is offered a deal to make a documentary about a notorious cult, an opportunity to avoid both
There is only one way to put this. This book sucked. It sucked to high heaven. It bored me nearly to death with every page. I honestly wondered if all of the good reviews were paid to say nice things about this crappy tome. Even as I write this, I think that might still be the case. With all that said, here are my issues with this crappy thing.

The author has zero sense of pacing. This book moved at a snail’s pace for chapter upon chapter and then suddenly all kinds of things started to happen in
5 Stars

Adam Nevill is one of my favorite horror authors today. Last Days is a gem of an atmospheric piece of horror that is the literary tale in the vein of the Blair Witch Project or more relevant to today, Paranormal Activity. This is a story of a bankrupt indie film maker being offered up the perfect movie to shoot, incredible pay, all the leg work already completed, and all the areas and people already vetted. If it sounds too good to be true, than know that Dan and Kyle also knew that it f
Probably one of the wackiest (word to your mother I said wackiest) endings I've come across in a long long time. This book took quite a while to get me hooked. The protagonist is a pretty whiny dude, the first few chapters are Nevill showing off his documentary making research, and the scary stuff felt in league with some R L Stein. Then things picked up. All of a sudden we're referencing Manson murders, researching insane mid-evil cults, and the spooky things get scary. Nevill's got a knack for ...more
Joseph D'Lacey
What Nevill does with such skill, is make the supernatural appear real and utterlay plausible. The way in which our world and the dimensions beyond interact, how beings pass this way and that - he handles all this with astonishing panache. Pick up anything by Adam Nevill and you can be certain you're in safe, but terrifying, hands. Another top notch chiller from a true master of the genre.
Colin Leslie
I have a special section in my bookshelf for Adam Nevill and it's not just because of the quality of his writing. The publication of Banquet For The Damned in 2008 marked a transitional point in the evolution of the current crop of British horror writers, the start of the current golden age in my opinion. Adam Nevill was, of course, the editor of the short-lived, but much admired, Virgin Books horror line which saw the horror section in bookshelves expand overnight. My copies of those books are ...more

Last Days is about a documentary filmmaker Kyle and his partner/cameraman Dan who take on an assignment to look into Temple of the Last Days, a cult led by a woman Katherine that ex-members just seemed to be dying of various causes. From the very first location they realize that something more might be going on and the only other account, a book, that they dismissed as fantasy may be closer to the mark than they'd thought.

It had been a while since I read a horror novel, and after fin
3.5 stars

Think found-footage film meets Manson-esque cult, and you've got yourself a creepy icky story.
I didn't enjoy this one quite as much as some of Nevill's other work, the journey was kind of more fun than the destination - I would have liked a fuller conclusion on what happened to protagonist Kyle, but the whole 'cult' thing and the monsters were great dread-inducing, spooky fun.
Ginger Nuts

Not content with scaring me witless with his last novel, Ritual, a novel that still has me look over my shoulder, and jumping at every sudden noise, when I go for a walk in the woods.

Adam Nevill, has now decided to pile on the scares, chills and horror with his latest stunning masterpiece. And I don't say that lightly, Nevill, really is a master of the genre, he effortlessly combines bone chill scares, and atmospheric settings, with realistic dialogue, and above all characters, that aren't you
Gary Fry
LAST DAYS by Adam Nevill

A review by Gary Fry

I came to this book excited. Folk whose opinions I respect said it was the real deal. I’d not long since finished the author’s Ritual and loved that. So what could Adam do here, I wondered. I got stuck in to find out.

I won’t bore you with a recap of the plot; I’ll just get talking about things that struck me most about the book. First, the atmosphere: it’s pretty full-no right from the off. Dusky old buildings in the middle of nowhere, weird things app
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Last Days is, hands down, one of the scariest books I’ve ever read. Considering I read about 50 horror novels a year, that’s definitely saying something. This book has it all, from scary ghosts to shadowy forms burnt into walls to ancient evil ressurrected by a frightening cult.

Kyle is a documentary film maker who has some cash issues. When he’s asked to make a documentary about a cult called “The Temple of the Last D

What really speaks to me about the quality of this book is how Nevill perfectly describes a documentary -- it really seemed at points as if I had actually seen a movie. A really good movie. There is some real literary skill on evidence here. To add to this, the story is great -- weird and nutty and different enough to be interesting to people who have read far too many horror stories. A lot of people have compared this to the Blair Witch Project, which I see not just in the overt comparison o
Nancy Oakes
When I read horror, I tend to be happiest with short stories or novellas, but after reading Adam Nevill's Banquet For the Damned, I know he is a writer I can trust to keep that fear factor going, no matter how many pages he needs to tell his story. Here, he's integrated seriously creepy, sustained hair-raising horror with a story about a particularly bizarre apocalyptic cult, and the result is one very intense tale that kept me on the edge throughout.

Kyle Freeman is an independent guerrilla film
I would have given this book 3 and a half if I had the option. I liked this book, but it took me a long time to get to the part I liked. The beginning is interesting during the prologue, but then at chapter one it feels procedural, technical and began to lose my interest. It took quite a while for me to get to the point in the book where I was really impressed with the story.

It does get there, and once it does this book is very frightening and terrifying just as one would expect from the cover.
Adam Nevill is becoming one of the most celebrated thriller/horror authors of recent times. And, on the whole I would agree with the plaudits.

Last Days tells the story of Kyle, a freelance documentary maker who is recruited to make a film about a cult called The Temple of the Last Days who self-destructed during the mid-seventies. Kyle, who it should be noticed, makes a few references to a film he made about the events that occurred in Nevill's previous novel: The Ritual - takes up the offer and
Michael Jensen
I found this to be Nevill's most completely successful book to date, though the ending was still a bit of a letdown and the book could've been shorter. Like the Ritual, Last Days was a pretty great set up with a good cast of characters. And the horror aspects were really quite imaginative and often felt fresh and genuinely creepy. (Sometimes the descriptions went on a bit long and were a bit hard to follow.) I found the ending to be rather anti-climactic with the hero not having to do anything p ...more
There were many things I enjoyed about this atmospheric and creepy novel, but ultimately I'd have to say it left me somewhat lukewarmish. The MC, Kyle, has very little about him that could be considered sufficiently empathy-inducing to make him relatable. And the story - whew, that's a slow moving landslide, if I ever experienced one. It starts out with a bang (literally), but then we're left in the dark (lol, if you've read it) as to the whys and wherefores for an awfully long time, as scary ev ...more
A good horror novel loosely based on a found footage concept. A little too long, but otherwise a fun read. 3.5/5
A solid four star, i would have given this five stars, but a little slough before the climax prevented that happening. Aforementioned slough is there only for because the great tension building that is there for 75% of the book, then it stops for a while as it seems that there's no more story to tell. But as i said, the ending is great.

This is one of those books that works better if you don't know about the plot too much. Let's just say: some documentary film makers get involved in more than a g
This was my first attempt at reading an Adam Nevill novel, and what an introduction it was! It is clearly well researched in to the psychology of cults and violent fundamentalism, and he truly understands the mentality behind those who join causes that seem completely irrational to outsiders (I should know, I grew up Mormon #notacult - the joy of the sarcastic hashtag).

Nevill pulls you in from the beginning. From a creepy encounter in an empty apartment building in London, Nevill takes the reade
A feast for my horror kink!
I started reading this book in a... "difficult" time for me. I didn't have any time to read not even a line and when i did have time i should have picked something more "cheery", let's say. But no. I prefered "Last Days". And allthough it took me a loooong time to finish it, i don't regret it a bit!
It starts with an ambitious filmaker, who is given the chance of a lifetime: to make a movie that will give him the chance not only to see his name in the papers but to pay
This was a completely captivating and incredibly creepy story. Hunting out information about a cult, Kyle finds himself embroiled in things he cannot comprehend and in danger. Incredibly gripping, it hurtles along, from London to France and Arizona, with brilliant characters and some of the most chilling scenes I have read. A fantastic horror story.
Sandra Ingham
A fairly decent little creep-fest tale of how the past can come back to bite you, literally. Kyle is a documentarian, sent on a life changing job by the mysterious and somewhat eccentric Max, to investigate the past, a cult and its people, but at what cost?

I do enjoy Nevilles writing, he definitely knows how to bring out the creepy. But I feel it would be better if perhaps the stories are a little more condensed. I felt the same when reading 'The Ritual'. Starts out really strong but seems to l
Nicci B
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What a difference the ending of a book can make.

Going into this book, I was a little worried about how well a Blair Witch/REC/Paranormal Activity type book would work as compared to its film counterparts. From the early chapters of the book, my answer was, not nearly as well as it does on video.

Some of the problem stemmed for what my original problem with the book, the pacing. The author seemed to be rushing the creepy revelations and giving the reader too much info, too soon. Not an insurmounta
I'd debated buying this for a while now. Every time I went into my local bookstore I would see this staring back at me from the shelf. The premise was just so freaking cool: mixing the true life horror of a cult with the never-quite-real horror of the supernatural. The idea has somewhat been seen in horror before, but never quite explicitly in this format so this was something new and fresh to me.

I have to say that overall this was an excellent novel. The main character of Kyle is someone that
Martin Belcher
If I was able to give half stars then I would be giving this book four and a half, because in places i felt it was a bit too long winded and could have benefited from some editing, but I will give it the full five stars as I thoroughly enjoyed this book and it gave me enough chills to keep me going. The book is about a mysterious and infamous cult, The Temple of the Last Days, which seemed to have ended in a terrible night of horror, death and violence in the Arizona desert in 1975......but did ...more
Kyle Freeman is an almost-bankrupt independent documentary film-maker. When he’s hired by Max Solomon, distributor of self-help DVDs, to make a film about a notoriuous cult - The Temple Of The Last Days - he quickly agrees. Max has set up the schedule, is paying well and offering full creative freedom and to Kyle and his sidekick Dan, this sounds like the perfect job - until they start filming and things begin to go very, very wrong. The fourth novel from Adam Nevill, this is an absolute powerho ...more
Suspense Magazine
I pounced upon this book when I first saw it. I knew I held something different, something unique. This is not some typical plot about a nutty religious group. Forget all preconceptions. I didn’t realize how deep this went, how vivid the descriptions were, how the memorable and haunted characters would come alive on the pages. Nevill knows how to write a book and if you can say that about an author, you know you’re in for a special experience.

Kyle Freeman is a documentary filmmaker down on his l
Three stars is perhaps a bit harsh, but when a book is let down so badly by it's ending I don't feel like I have much of a choice. (3.5 ideally.)

Before that, I would have happily given it four; it scared me more in parts than any other book has for some time, and has genuinely terrifying sequences (it passed the scary book acid test: it made me put of getting up in the night to go to the toilet in the dark, to the point of nearly wetting the bed at times...) and some of the imagery is excellentl
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Adam L.G. Nevill was born in Birmingham, England, in 1969, and grew up in England and New Zealand. He is the author of the novels: Banquet for the Damned, Apartment 16, The Ritual, Last Days, House of Small Shadows, and No One Gets Out Alive. In 2012 The Ritual won the August Derleth Award for Best Horror Novel; in 2013, Last Days won the same award. Both The Ritual and Last Days won the RUSA for ...more
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“After millions of years of evolution, we start stupid cults of celebrity and feed the egos of maniacs until they take our money, fuck us in the arse, and then cut our throats. We should be cutting their throats!” 3 likes
“Skeptizismus ist das Privileg derjenigen, die nicht betroffen sind.” 2 likes
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