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Last Days

3.77  ·  Rating Details ·  1,864 Ratings  ·  341 Reviews
Indie 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 1975. Ever since, the group's rumoured mystical secrets and paranormal experiences have lain concealed behin ...more
Paperback, 531 pages
Published May 24th 2012 by Macmillan
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Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
I've been seeing Adam Nevill books pop up in my feed lately because my friend Sha has been reading the heck out of them. owe me some new drawers. Because I think I shat in mine while reading this book.
Chicago commercial photographers

Kyle is a independent documentary filmmaker with a few titles to his name..such as his ground breaking work "Covens"
Chicago commercial photographers
(Yes, I will use any excuse at all to use an Covens gif-get over it)

He is approached with "an offer he can't refuse". A rich weirdo named Max wants him to look into a cult
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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“What happened was inevitable. Cops in LA saw it before with old Charlie Manson. Cops someplace else will see it again. You don’t need no FBI or profiler to tell you different. They left the road, son, and they got chewed up.”

Well, shit.

Chicago commercial photographers

Do you like a real slow burner of a book on cold days (kind of like the equivalent of a savory crockpot meal)? Yeah, apparently everyone else but me does too. What can I say? I have a short attentio
Paul Nelson
Last days by Adam Nevill is easily one of the best modern day horror novels I've read this year. This story will suck you in, devour your feelings of safety and comfort as you sit reading and nonchalantly spit you out with a wry evil grin, leaving you begging for more.

I haven't been gripped this tightly since the one occasion I was thrown out of a pub as a young man. Last Days will scare you shitless as Nevill pumps up the tension and terror in a clinical fashion that starts off shredding your n
Nov 27, 2015 Zoeytron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: public-library
'Blair Witch this, brothers and sisters. It ain't a hoax.'

The ultimate false messiah tale, macabre to the bone . . . to the very blackened bones. Bits of a nightmare shuddering awake, a dirty yellow mist in wavy air, dogs in the sky, porcine squeals and scrabbling trotters, a reek that permeates everything.

For those of us who dote on horror, Adam Nevill is the real deal. Period.

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Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
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
11811 (Eleven)
Jun 18, 2015 11811 (Eleven) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I’m pretty sure this is the best horror novel that I’ve read so far this year out of about 99 and counting. The ending slipped a little - It went from ALIEN to ALIENS in that last chapter, a little too action heavy. That dampened the ambience a bit. It didn’t match the cadence of the rest of the book. I think less would have been more when it comes to the details of the conclusion but that was really the only thing I didn’t like and I don’t want to be a dick about it so it still gets five stars. ...more
Feb 27, 2016 Emma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I rated this two stars before, but I feel that's kind of harsh. Upping it by one.

I loved the beginning 2/3 of the book. The first third, especially, creeped the living fuck out of me. The bit in France...

But the ending was like a big blender with everything thrown in. Too over the top. Too many 'things'. It took the horror right out.
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
Nebojša Petković
Počeću ovaj prikaz sa jednim prisećanjem iz redova koji pripadaju tzv. aketskoj, svetootačkoj literaturi.
Nekog starca pustinjaka upitali su mlađi monasi, znajući da je ovaj imao pregršt iskustva sa nečistim silama "Kako izgledaju dmoni?" On je neko vreme oćutao, pa im samo odgovorio "Oni su jezivi".
Eto, sve vreme dok sam čitao Kult (Ili Poslednje dane) nisam mogao da se otmem ovom sećanju i utisku na davno pročitano iz neke sasvim druge oblasti.
Nevilov horor mi se dopao i sa njegovom, za mene, p
Jul 07, 2015 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Extreme guerrilla film-making. Six locations, three countries in eleven days. Easy peasy. Except when the Old Friends come to crash the party. Blood Friends. The bodies are starting to pile up and soon it will be raining black bones. If you think that’s bad, just wait ‘till you hear about Sister-fat-fuck-Katherine and the Unholy Swine. The time of Ascent is here.

A solid read that almost felt like two novellas in one – The Search and The Siege. Both very good. Both very dark, but paced differentl
Feb 14, 2016 Latasha rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is really good and actually scary. If you read it at night, please have a night light ready.
Jan 26, 2013 Jason rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
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
Rebecca McNutt
Last Days could best be described as Turistas, Chernobyl Diaries and Helter Skelter thrown together into a blender - but strangely enough I still found it a really captivating and haunting book all the same.
Jun 15, 2015 Kimberly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
review to come!
Mar 17, 2013 Tom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Jun 05, 2014 Kaora rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: good-horror

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
Joseph D'Lacey
Aug 23, 2012 Joseph D'Lacey rated it really liked it
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.
Gary Fry
Jul 14, 2013 Gary Fry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Colin Leslie
Jun 02, 2012 Colin Leslie rated it really liked it
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
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I thought I knew what to expect from this fine author after reading “Apartment 16,” but Mr. Nevill in “Last Days” takes his horror writing to an entirely new level. “Last Days” is the hallmark of a mature author, entirely building a world which seems so much like our own, yet endures inevitably in its own microcosm within our apparent consensus reality.

We all in the 21st century have had so much exposure to cults, including the infamous Jim Jones’ Temple in Guya
J.F. Penn
Nov 06, 2016 J.F. Penn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
An indie filmmaker is paid to make a documentary about the last days of a cult that met a violent end. But is the cult leader really dead? Compelling supernatural thriller with horror elements but not gore fest.
Ignacio Senao f
Tras escuchar pestes de sus anteriores novelas, me envalentone y comencé a leer esta novela, por dos razones: el título me recordaba a “Apocalipsis” de King y decían que era la mejor de él.
El obseso cinéfilo es encargado de realizar un rápido documental sobre una secta de los 70 en la que todos sus miembros murieron. Para ellos un productor le ofrece mucho dinero y ya programado todo (entrevistas, lugares…)

Nos inmiscuimos con el y dos amigos más (cámara y montador) al estilos “película cámara en
Aug 06, 2012 Helen rated it really liked it
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
Jun 12, 2013 Ginger Nuts rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
Christina Rochester
Again this was another fantastic read by Adam Nevill. Following the making of a Blair Witch style documentary and the paranormal activities of a cult that extinguished itself via mass suicide in 1975, I was at first unsure of how well this book would play out.

Indeed at first I found myself struggling to understand about the different cameras used and their pros and cons. I'm not a technical person, and instead of hooking my attention I found myself bored. Instead I found myself craving the acti
Howard Hamilton
Dec 30, 2016 Howard Hamilton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it. The author has a unique way of sucking you into the story. Feels like your living it rather than reading it !!
Jul 28, 2012 Barry rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
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
Leah Polcar

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
Robert Mingee
Feb 15, 2016 Robert Mingee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016-harc
This is a creepy and thoroughly engrossing novel about a documentary filmmaker hired by a rich film distributor to make a movie about a cult that met with a violent end almost 40 years in the past. This takes him on a journey of many miles in very little time. He slowly learns how much his "boss" has hidden from him, and what really happened to the cult.

The imagery in this book is amazing - some of it is likely to stay with me for a very long time. The history it paints is fascinating and well-c
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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 horror novels: 'Banquet for the Damned', 'Apartment 16', 'The Ritual', 'Last Days', 'House of Small Shadows', 'No One Gets Out Alive', 'Lost Girl', and 'Under a Watchful Eye'. His first short story collection, 'Some Will Not Sleep: Selected Horrors', is published on Halloween, ...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!” 5 likes
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