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A nightmare made real.

On Christmas Eve, six year-old Tom McRae witnessed an unspeakable atrocity that left him orphaned, his childhood in tatters. Now in his mid-thirties, Tom still has terrifying nightmares of that night. When Tom is sent to the remote Scottish village of Douglass to negotiate a land grab for his employer it seems like a golden opportunity for him to
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Paperback, 272 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Samhain Publishing (first published November 1st 2011)
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Kenneth McKinley
Mild-mannered Tom McRae keeps having the same night terrors over and over. He keeps reliving that horrific morning when he was six and his parents were brutally murdered. His wife isn't able to provide any relief. She's trying to recover from her own nightmare of having a miscarriage and is in a semi-catatonic state from all of the meds she's on. Tom's boss sends him to Scotland to secure a large tract of land to be used in extracting biofuels. The small village of Douglass isn't too keen on the ...more
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Review: JACK IN THE GREEN by Frazer Lee

Gruesome horror of the classic bent--wrapped in millennia-old paganism, Nature "red in tooth and claw," (as Wordsworth depicted), unfolding characters, raw terror, mix into one exciting, adventurous, tale. Deciding who was "right" vs. "wrong" was difficult, because even the bad ones had backdrops and rationales that could elicit some sympathy. Then, too, is the implacability of the terrifying, mostly unglimpsed, eponymous Jack in the Green, he of
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Rich D.
Dec 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Tom McRae is a man who is definitely down on his luck. His marriage is crumbling around him, he is plagued by nightmares from his childhood after witnessing a brutal attack that left him orphaned and is content with avoiding the spotlight in his mundane office job for The Consortium Inc. However, one day he is finally called into his boss Mathers' office. Tom is perplexed because no one gets a glimpse of Mathers' office, The Chairman of Consortium is an elusive man who always making address via ...more
Mika Lietzén
Sep 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
It's back to Britain and the old ways in Frazer Lee's second novel (2013, Samhain ), a romp of a book that combines pagan mythology with visceral contemporary action. Thanks to a new government at 10 Downing Street, an American corporation is allowed to chew a small portion of Scotland into biofuels. It may be a touchy subject for the locals, though, so the corporate overlords dispatch a yank named Tom together with his co-worker Dieter to prepare the way.

It gets Northern Exposure-y very
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Matthew Baker
Oct 11, 2013 rated it really liked it
When I first read the title for THE JACK IN THE GREEN, I did a double-take; it didn’t roll off my tongue correctly and my mind interpreted it as ‘the jacked-in green’. Obviously, that threw me for a loop, but I recovered quickly and launched into the book with fervor. While this is not one of my favorite Samhain titles, it is a solid book with an intriguing storyline and vivid characters.

I really enjoy horror novels that are set in other countries. I suppose this is because I love to travel, and
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William Oarlock
May 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another grisly page turner from Frazer Lee.

Tom McCrae - haunted by the hideous murder of his parents - is sent with an obnoxious fellow corporate to the remote Scottish hamlet of Douglass to negotiate woodland for a future biofuels project.

Here at the Samhain celebration we'll learn the horrific secrets of the (more demonic than) Sacred Trees, the local axe-maniac and the red-eyed nightmare spectre in a twisted, unexpected finale.

Hunter Shea
Oct 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A captivating read that weaves a spell, leading you into the Scottish countryside to a village that isn't all that it seems. The shocking ending makes this one of the most satisfying reads of the year. Frazer Lee scores again, big time.
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Gore and More: The Jack in the Green - Frazer Lee 1 7 Oct 10, 2016 07:17PM  
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Frazer Lee’s debut novel, The Lamplighters was a Bram Stoker Award Finalist for ‘Superior Achievement in a First Novel’. His other works include 'The Jack in the Green', 'The Skintaker' and the 'Daniel Gates Adventures' series.

One of Frazer’s early short stories received a Geoffrey Ashe Prize from the Library of Avalon, Glastonbury. His short fiction has since appeared in numerous anthologies
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