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In the Devil's Name

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Some of the locals in Ballantrae still tell tales about haunted Bennane Head, the cliffs just up the coast where mythical mass murderer and cannibal Sawney Beane is said to have dwelt with his inbred family during the seventeenth century. Never walk past there at night, they say, or heaven help you. Just a ghost story to give the tourists a thrill.

Phil, Griff, Sam and Cair
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Kindle Edition, 263 pages
Published June 10th 2012
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Nathan Robinson
Jan 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
In the Devils Name by Dave Watson

Some of the locals in Ballantrae still tell tales about haunted Bennane Head, the cliffs just up the coast where mythical mass murderer and cannibal Sawney Beane is said to have dwelt with his inbred family during the seventeenth century. Never walk past there at night, they say, or heaven help you. Just a ghost story to give the tourists a thrill.

Phil, Griff, Sam and Cairnsey are local boys who enjoy a smoke, a beer and the occasional tab of mind bending acid, a
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Sic Transit
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The story I expected to read ended roughly a third of the way into the book. Then it all gets a bit strange.
Watson has managed, better than most, to capture actual madness. Not just in terms of mental illness, but in a world gone completely berserk. While some scenes feel gratuitous for the hell of it, everything is kept consistent and in perfect context.

But what really impressed me is the closing chapters. As a student of Scottish history, it couldn't have been better. Do yourself a favour and
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Tracie McBride
Mar 03, 2013 rated it really liked it
“In the Devil’s Name” is the creditable first novel from Scottish author Dave Watson. The novel revolves around four young Scottish men whose end-of-high-school celebrations go horribly wrong. I came to the novel completely ignorant of the legend of Sawney Bean, but this in no way impeded my understanding of the story. Scottish readers will no doubt enjoy the spark of recognition, as well as appreciate the startling and original twist Watson puts on the old legend. Another strength of this novel ...more
Dennis
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Read this if you want some super gory satanic slasher horror. One of the most brutal horror books I've read together with KIN from Kealan Patrick Burke.
Alison
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Really enjoyed this:)
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Dave Watson began writing at an early age, and started working part time on his first full length novel in 2001. After greatly impressing award winning Glasgow author Louise Welsh while studying at the University of Glasgow ten years later, In the Devil's Name, a modern twist on the legend of Ayrshire cannibal Sawney Beane, was published online, attracting worldwide attention, being read by thousa ...more
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