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“Galen is an ordinary, peaceful small town. Until horrendous terror strikes … and strikes again and again, each time claiming a female victim in a fashion too hideous to contemplate. Julian Trask, student of the occult, is used to thinking the unthinkable. As he works towards the solution of the soul-searing mystery, Galen trembles in mortal dread. For no woman is safe fro...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published October 28th 1981 by Dell Publishing Company (first published January 1st 1976)
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David Brian
Having originally read this many, many years ago, I was recently fortunate enough to acquire a second hand copy for £1. A bargain.

I remembered it as being a truly creepy and horrific read, which is full of sizable monsters (check the title, you'll work it out!). I was not wrong!
Strangely, most of Ray Russell's books now appear to be out of print, which is A:a travesty for horror fans everywhere. and B:a serious error on the part of whichever body retains the copyright.

Some of his work may now se...more
This was actually a surprisingly good book, despite its ridiculously cheesy cover. It wasn't all that dated for having been written in 1976 and it held the suspense throughout. Pretty well written, a very quick read and much of it reads like an old fashioned "who done it", I more or less figured out who it was, but I don't think it was because they book made it obvious (it's probably just because I'm such a genius :) ). Fairly raunchy, but Russell keeps it surprisingly classy. Overall, I'd defin...more
Andrea Gurtler
I was told about this book by my mother when I was around 13 or so. I hadn't thought much of it, then I found a copy online for $0.01. So what's thhe risk...=) I read it and thought that if it was to be "updated" it would be a best my opinion. It was very surprising to say the least.
Brian Francis
I read this book because I remember it from when I was a kid. Someone in our house had a copy, but no one’s fessed up to owning it. In a nutshell, this is the story of a small town terrorized by a sex demon equipped with an extremely large, uh, appendage.

Is it a work of high literary art? Nope. It includes lines like “Her nightgown had crept up around her waist and her curl-crowned cleft returned his stare.” But I wasn’t picking this up for a deep analysis of the human condition. Sometimes, it’s...more
Red Haircrow
One of the few books I've read which truly presented a creepy mood which made me look up from reading and actually think about myself being placed in the story. I realize a lot of people rated this book as "ok" only, but obviously their expectations were different than my own. I don't mind graphic content when it fits the story, and what was written (certainly is no longer "over the top" with the graphic details writers include these days even in simple romance novels)...increased your horror if...more
I did read this, can't say I enjoyed it, as mutant murderers with huge (coughs) manhood brutally raping and murdering young women interwoven with the history of the Rack Master isn't my kind of book, but however the writing and the pace is incredable a page turner to coin a phrase.

still makes me shiver even after fifteen years.
This was one of my many random reads when I was a pre-teen when I was reading everything my classmates would let me borrow. I don't remember everything (it was more than ten years ago)but it was wickedly graphic and terrifying that I couldn't sleep properly for a month.
Great fun, a proper "shocker" of a horror novel that grips from start to finish. If you love the sleazier end of the horror spectrum, with plenty of scares (like I do), this is a must-read!
thrilling story-line yet full of suspense..but the ending was predictable,still an awesome book
i read this when i was in high school....very shocking at bits....well it was then.
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