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The premise is OK, but the book could have done with some better editing. It's so long-winded, I had to force myself to keep reading. Horror aspects are again just OK for my taste - not as in-your-face as Stephen King or as subtle as Dan Simmons or Peter Straub. Some of the more "horrorfying" aspects are as "run-of-the-mill" as a torture scene, although there are some rather well done psychological and physical abuse episodes to two of the characters, which they get their own back for in due cou ...more
I have a weakness for traditional British horror, so I probably rated this book higher than I should out of sheer nostalgia. Written in 1996, it has no cellphones or ride-sharing. When you want to get from point A to point B, you take a night bus. When your bus collides with a supernatural force and you have to call the police, you walk until you get to the phone box. How can a bus collide with a supernatural force, you ask. This is never actually explained but the novel is so long-winded that b ...more
Stephen Laws is a full-time novelist, born in Newcastle upon Tyne. Married, with three children, he lives and works in his birthplace. The author of 11 novels, numerous short stories, (collected in THE MIDNIGHT MAN) columnist, reviewer, film-festival interviewer, pianist and recipient of a number of awards, Stephen Laws recently wrote and starred in the short horror movie THE SECRET.More about Stephen Laws...