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Anthony Shriek

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Buried in the world of his own imagination, painter Anthony Shriek finds his dormant emotions awakened by the arrival of a bizarre and alluring woman whose presence turns his paintings into gateways to another world.
Mass Market Paperback, 352 pages
Published August 1st 1992 by Dell
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Oct 18, 2010 Bark's Book Nonsense rated it it was ok
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Anthony Shriek, a college student and artist, has overcome his horrendous childhood mainly by putting it out of his mind. One day as he is quietly studying in the library a seductive woman named Emily picks him up and his life is forever changed. She claims he is a demon, as is she, which is why she is attracted to him. Her arrival reawakens his suppressed memories and opens up a dream-like world called Nightland where Anthony is forced to deal with strange, twisted versions of his past. As his ...more
Oct 09, 2009 Precarious rated it it was amazing
This is one of my favorite books. No question about that.

The main characters, Emily and Anthony (Ebony and Ivory), are two aspects of the same force. They alone see through the illusion, even into that reservoir of dread, where all that we have ever hoped or dreamed merges with all we'd denied and feared. This book exposes how each becomes the other and how only we can decide for ourselves which reality manifests. That alignment can mean the difference between survival and insanity.

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May 06, 2015 Mark added it
I read it over 20 years ago. I didn't think at the time that it was anything special, but here it is 20+ years since and I still think about it every now and again.
Stephen King endorsed the entire Dell Abyss Horror line. Here is his blurb:

"Thank you for introducing me to the remarkable line of novels currently being issued under Dell's Abyss imprint. I have given a great many blurbs over the last twelve years or so, but this one marks two firsts: first unsolicited blurb (I called you) and the first time I have blurbed a whole line of books. In terms of quality, production, and plain old story-telling reliability (that's the bottom line, isn't it), Dell's
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May 24, 2013 Ralph Carlson rated it it was amazing
Excellent book. Completely enjoyed it. I have never read a bad book from Dell's Abyss imprint.
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“___It was night. There was a drizzle, so Emily's black Japanese umbrella was up. The two were close beneath it, walking in long strides, beautiful, sinister-looking lovers, narrow squared shoulders in dark coats. A tall pickup truck sped by and a was a phlem struck the edge of the pavement near where they were walking. Emily raised a finger, cocked her thumb, and said, "Bang."
___"Got the left rear tire." said Anthony.
___"The truck rolled," she added, "and burst into flames."
___"He's still alive," said Anthony, "climbing out of the broken rear window, his hair and clothes ablaze, screaming for help."
___"Punky boys come and piss on him," said Emily.
___The discussion was very quiet, very earnest.
___"They put out the fire from his burning body," said Anthony, "but he dies later in the burn ward."
___"His family is relieved and happy," said Emily with stunning finality.
___Twenty-four hours later the spitting driver dies on a suburban highway near his home, his pickup spinning out of control on black ice, the vehicle exploding into flame. Anthony and Emily never know about it, never guess a connection to their curse, having never thought of him a second time.”
“When the Universe folds into a sigh,
Withdrawing from all agony and grief,
Time will cease its flowing, and with relief
The cosmic Breath will freeze and Time will die.
Evil souls that once were us arise
To devour the corpse, like clouds of flies.”
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