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3.38  ·  Rating Details ·  100 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
“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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May 19, 2016 Addy rated it it was amazing
Wow! Thanks to the good reviews I couldn't pass up this book when I found it. Now, that I've read it, I consider this book a little treasure that I stumbled upon. It's basically about an incubus who is reining terror on the women of Galen as it only has one thing on its procreate. So of course you can imagine the horrible death these women have suffered. The men of Galen are running around trying to figure out who it could be. The ending will surprise you as it did me. A lot of great ...more
David Brian
Nov 19, 2013 David Brian rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 15, 2011 Bandit rated it really liked it
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
Sep 05, 2011 Mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
2014 review - 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 from the lethal lust of THE INCUBUS. This is unashamedly pulp and all the more fun for it. Ray Russell is a genre w ...more
Jul 19, 2014 Shane rated it it was amazing
Wonderful novel. This is the story of an incubus, a creature that basically rapes women to death, and he does a very good job of it too when all's said and done. It all takes place in a small town called Galen, and the whole tale revolves around the search for the rapist who at first is thought to be nothing more than a very well endowed man. It soon becomes clear though that they're dealing with a much more dangerous creature than that, and so the search is on.

The sex, as you'd imagine is quit
Red Haircrow
Nov 30, 2010 Red Haircrow rated it really liked it
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
Jul 10, 2016 June rated it it was amazing
Galen seems to be typical of small town America, with a population who are familiar to each other and also aware of each other's generational history. However, when a mysterious spate of rapes and murders begins, everyone starts to doubt those they thought they knew.
The brutality of the crimes is staggering, but Julian Trask, who is a former lecturer at Galen University, and also a student of the occult, strongly suspects the perpetrator to be something other than human.
Ray Russell's Incubus is
Brian Francis
Apr 12, 2014 Brian Francis rated it it was ok
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
Andrea Gurtler
Jul 30, 2011 Andrea Gurtler rated it really liked it
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.
James Castle
Jan 16, 2017 James Castle rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed
I like this author's neo-Victorian stories quite a bit, so I looked forward to this novel. Unfortunately, after I found a copy (it's out of print and copies of it are rather expensive), it turned out to be something of a disappointment. Whereas Russell's earlier works (e.g. "The Case Against Satan") were models of irony and understatement, this novel goes for the opposite approach: Russell seems to revel in the new allowances the 1970s afforded, lingering over descriptions of explicit and largel ...more
Mark Hodder
Jan 26, 2016 Mark Hodder rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2016
I have a penchant for trashy horror novels and they don’t come much trashier than this. It’s sexually graphic, thoroughly misogynistic, and (of course) very silly. For all that, it’s pretty well told, undemanding, and I thoroughly enjoyed it, tearing through it in just two sittings. Sometimes it feels good to be so easily pleased.
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.
Aug 05, 2012 Grace rated it really liked it
Shelves: borrowed
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.
predictable, sexist, and trashy
Dec 23, 2016 Buddy rated it it was amazing
A very well written monster sex novel.
May 25, 2010 Nazirule rated it liked it
thrilling story-line yet full of suspense..but the ending was predictable,still an awesome book
Oct 03, 2008 Denise rated it liked it
i read this when i was in high school....very shocking at bits....well it was then.
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