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More shocking than Coma, more terrifying than The Terminal Man, Heads is a thriller that goes deeper into the horrifying future of medicine than any novel has dared to go before. In an ultimate step into terror, David Osborn explores the murky boundaries between volunteer and victim, ambition and ruthlessness, life and death, when what begins as highly-classified research ...more
Paperback, 304 pages
Published December 1st 1985 by Bantam Books
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Grady Hendrix
Dec 08, 2017 rated it liked it
There is nothing not funny about a bunch of severed heads talking to each other. See: REANIMATOR.

The fact that these heads can give themselves spontaneous orgasms makes this the severed head book to beat.
Rebecca McNutt
Feb 28, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, thriller, medical
This vintage medical thriller reads more like a horror novel with its content. It was a little predictable but the author does a great job at making people think about the science behind it, and also creates a creepy and frightening scenario.
Dan Phillips
Sep 23, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2012
I was chuffed to find this book on Ebay as I remembered reading it when I was about 15 or 16. Okay, to be honest all I really remembered was the creepy cover and the fact that, even at that age, I could tell it was a trashy book, the kind that made Stephen King look like John Irving. I read it anyway because I'm on vacation, and I read it in one day. But I gotta say I felt like I'd just finished a bag of McDonald's or something. Added "bonus": hilarious sexual descriptions. If not for the nostal ...more
Nov 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: badass
I really enjoyed this!! It was a great October read--as I was looking for something vintage & horror to read. It was just the right thing.
Robert Scrivner
Jan 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: horror
I picked up this book after it was mentioned in Paperbacks From Hell. While it's marketed as a horror novel, it really isn't. The book is more along the lines of a Michael Crichton and Robin Cook novel. A very entertaining read.
Stephen Gower
Oct 23, 2019 rated it it was ok
The characters act on a mostly surface level in this book, but the plot was interesting enough to keep me going. A lot of 80s view points very obvious in the characters too.
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David Osborn is the author of nine published novels, including the bestselling Open Season, Heads and Murder on Martha's Vineyard. He has also written 24 screenplays, including Chase a Crooked Shadow, which is listed by the British Academy of Motion Picture Science as one of the 10 best suspense scripts ever written. His original screenplay for The Trap was nominated for an Academy Award for Best ...more
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