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3.72  ·  Rating Details ·  94 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
The inseparable Byker Chapter: six boys, one girl, growing up together in the back streets of Newcastle. Now memories are all that Richard Eden has left, and one treasured photograph. But suddenly, inexplicably, the images of his friends start to fade, and as they vanish, so his friends are found dead and mutilated. Something is stalking the Chapter, picking them off one b ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published January 13th 2004 by TELOS (first published July 1st 1987)
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Edward Lorn
Sep 20, 2014 Edward Lorn rated it it was amazing
My rating system is really no mystery. I judge a book on my enjoyment factor. I don't delay in writing my reviews after having finished a book because I want to give my honest reaction to the completed read the moment I'm done. Will you give SPECTRE, by Stephen Laws, five stars as well. Probably not, but I had a fucking blast with this book.

Let's list the things that come after our heroes and heroine in this novel, shall we?

Snakes capable of tearing a man apart, a murderous ventriloquist dummy,
Sep 07, 2009 Brian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Though it starts off with a bang, Spectre almost stalls out for a while, spending just a touch too much time on mundane aspects of the main protagonist's life.

However, once the author gets beyond that point, the book hurtles ahead at breakneck speed, throwing one intense, frightening image after another at the reader. By the end, I felt like I was almost out of breath.

I would recommend this to all horror fans.
Will Errickson
Apr 11, 2016 Will Errickson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wasn't expecting a whole lot when I picked up this Tor paperback with its oh-so-'80s cover photo. I'd never read Stephen Laws before but knew about some of his other well-received horror novels. I ended up being vastly entertained! In every way, SPECTRE is a success, and I was delighted that a book I bought on a whim, solely because of its cover art, turned out to be such a pleasure to read. Not quite a coming-of-age story, SPECTRE introduces the reader to a group of inseparable friends from Byk ...more
Peter Greenwell
Nov 29, 2012 Peter Greenwell rated it really liked it
Effective supernatural thriller. Once you get past the first few pages, it heats up and drags you in. Almost falls into a trite trap, but gets out of it and continues down its thrilling road. Recommended.
Anthony Sullivan
Jun 04, 2011 Anthony Sullivan rated it it was amazing
Laws's second book surprisingly topped the first. An intelligent yet pulpy read...Stephen King's It as it would have been told by Lovecraft. Absolutely recommended book by an absolutely recomended author. His books need republishing so fresh blood can enjoy this master's work
Nov 18, 2010 Helen rated it really liked it
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Evocative and entertaining, the story of childhood friends reunited by a shared secret to do battle with dark forces. Characters you can root for, tension, horror and a real page-turner.
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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.

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