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3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  180 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Alchemy: the summoning and control of demons. Those who cross the alchemist are in danger of being disposed of. The easiest way to do this? Cast the runes: strips of flesh made from the dried skin of a child sacrifice and inscribed with the time the victim has yet to live...When trucker Josh Spiller pulls his rig into the small town of Furnace, Virginia, all he wants is a ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published September 15th 1997 by Doubleday (first published 1997)
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Marissa Farrar
I've read this book a couple of times now and have enjoyed it every time. It has such a great twist at the end that I wish I had written it.
There are not enough decent female horror writers around and Muriel Gray certainly doesn't let the side down. I only wish she would write some more!
This author was recommended to me by a friend and I'm always on a lookout for female horror authors to see how they fare in a male dominated genre. This one fared just ok, at no point did it wow me with a turn of phrase of a turn of plot, but it kept my interest enough. I liked the way Gray worked her scottish heritage into the story, the backstory was in fact the best part of the book, but the characters were not particularly engaging and the world of truckers can only hold so much appeal. Josh ...more
Jamie Henderson
Furnace is an enjoyable read for those who are into the less gory and more creepy type of horror fiction. While not quite achieving Stephen King-esque complete lack of style, Gray does use very straightforward storytelling, which is so effective in horror novels. The story is generally engaging, despite being utterly predictable. Predictability in itself is not a bad thing (it's what puts the suspense in an Hitchcock film) but it loses its luster when you are not supposed to have "figured it out ...more
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Justin Bog
Incredible demon horror story about someone with a demon hunting him for the most surprising reasons . . . will re-read this book once I find a copy. Hope all three of her books come out on kindle. Just bought her new release.
This was about a truck driver who goes to a town and encounters evil of the worse kind. I was enthralled with this book and couldn't put it down.
Shawn Manning
Bought this on a whim and am glad I did. It owes a bit to a classic short story, but makes it its own thing. Nicely done.
Tamiya Shane
this book was boring and slow. it remind me of a Stephen King book extra detail for no reason. I could not finish it.
I don't have a heck of a lot to say about this horror novel. I reluctantly finished it as its a new month and hated to waste the first few days by not finishing a book. I disliked most if the characters including Josh the truck driver. I did not like his girlfriend Elizabeth. She knew he was a long haul trucker so what more did she expect by his absences? The evil town of Furnace seemed contrived. I read in reviews that people compared this to Stephen King and THAT I truly don't understand.
This is a tense, nail-biter of a story on the order of something Stephen King would write, but it's not his! The nuts and bolts of the story is about a long-distance truck driver who witnesses a violent accident involving an infant that will turn out to have far reaching implications on his life, but also upon those of several other characters in this twisty- turny story. There are a number of plot twists and turns up till the very last page which will keep you guessing and exhilarated.

Read half the book, did not get engaged.
I've never read before an adventure mainly featuring long-distance truckers, and that's what made me pick up the book. I wasn't disappointed and I would definitely read a sequel, if there were one. There are some issues however that could annoy a feminist, but other than that it's a solid book.
Lauren Kline
I read this book quite awhile ago...

For some reason I recall being completely enthralled by it. I'll have to pick it up again and see if I still feel the same way.
May 08, 2011 Bettyb rated it 4 of 5 stars
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Great suspense and interesting characters. I'm not real big on horror stories but books like this could change my mind.
Yasmina Samm
Awesome... Great and clever ending :]
Mar 17, 2011 Debra marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Stephen King recommended.
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