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Dead Lines

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  156 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Hot and hellish, sardonic and sexy, Deadlines is a horror novel about a youngwoman who becomes erotically involved with a dead writer. Skipp and Spector'slatest chiller, their most intimate, potent and gripping work yet.
Paperback, 309 pages
Published January 1st 1989 by Bantam Books (first published 1988)
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Jack Tripper
This was Skipp and Spector's fourth novel (not counting their Fright Night novelization) and first and only short story collection. Huh? Yes, it's a "braided novel" made up of various shorts previously published in horror magazines and anthologies back in the late 80s, with a framing story about two newly-met women who find these unpublished manuscripts in the new apartment they're renting, and crazy supernatural stuff starts happening when the spirit of the dead writer decides he doesn't like b ...more
Oct 10, 2014 Addy rated it it was amazing
As bizarre as this book was, I certainly wasn't expecting a bang out ending! Wow! Great first read of this author. So this book was about a woman who finds this box of unfinished stories. She reads them. In turn, the reader gets to read them and experience how this woman feels about what she read. Weird, but she ends up falling in love with this dead writer. In so many words, she brings him back and all hell breaks loose. The stories were poetic in a way, creepy, and very dark. How she brings hi ...more
Ben Loory
Oct 04, 2009 Ben Loory rated it liked it
Recommended to Ben by: random guy on goodreads
two fucked up chicks move into a loft haunted by the manuscript and soul of a writer who recently killed himself there. the short stories left behind by the writer are genuinely disturbing but the "real," framing story is just kinda undeveloped.

still, it has a great opening:

Jack wanted only two things out of life, as he watched the sun throw long shadows across the floor leading up to the ladder. He wanted another drink.
And he wanted the rope to be nice and tight.
Kellie Ann
Jan 09, 2012 Kellie Ann rated it really liked it
Two girls, Meryl and Katie, move into an apartment haunted by the ghost of an unknown author. In the process of getting settled in the new apartment Meryl discovers a hidden door to a little dark room. Full of curiosity, Meryl decides to explore the little room finding photos and a big heavy box that heeded the warning " Do Not Open 'Til Doomsday". Paying no attention to the warning, Meryl opens the box and discovers it is full of short stories from John Paul Rowan. Little does she know that ope ...more
Oct 02, 2015 Scrafty rated it did not like it

I have absolutely no problem against this book, it had a great idea for a plot and the short stories were amazing, but that's just the problem. The SHORT STORIES were amazing. The other plot about Jack wanting to come back into the world of the living is just so boring and flawed that I just couldn't get into it. My thing is that they did mention a lot in the book itself that Katie and Meryl had a close friendship, but we never got to see any of their friendship since most of t
Nov 14, 2009 Adam rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
More of a framing device for a short story collection than an actual novel. Some of the stores are absolutely amazing, but the book as a whole gets somewhat scattered and the content around the stories actually takes away from the shorts instead of enhancing them. Still, definitely worth checking out for some of the best short fiction I've read in a while.
Nov 12, 2007 Linda rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, ghosts
Two women move into an apartment inhabited by the not-yet-moved-on ghost of a writer. A pretty good read, but the strength and quality of the short stories scattered throughout the text, ostensibly written by the dead author, actually threatens to detract from the rest of the book, which is a little less cohesive, but still fun.
May 26, 2009 Charles rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Probably my least favorite of the Skipp and Spector books, but still pretty good.
May 02, 2012 Tom rated it liked it
If this had just been an anthology I would have rated it stronger. The short stories are solid, but the wrap-around story that connects everything and turns it into a novel feels forced and unwelcome.
Disappointing. This book would have been better is S&S had just skipped the "framework story" and just published this as s collection of short stories.
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