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The Axman Cometh

3.18  ·  Rating details ·  114 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
Once she cowered in a darkened room while the Axeman murdered her family. Waited, trembling, to meet death... and somehow lived.

Twenty year later she waits, each night, struggling to recreate the Axeman's features from her trauma-fogged memories, summoning the madman from the depths of her soul, seeking to capture him with her artist's talent and drive him out of her night
Mass Market Paperback, 269 pages
Published June 28th 1989 by Tor Books (first published 1989)
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Adam Light
Jun 13, 2015 rated it really liked it
First farris novel for me. I was drawn to it because the title kicks ass. I won't go so far as to say the book follows.suit, but it was pretty good. I didn't read it in one sitting, as the author suggests, but I don't think it is necessary. If you are looking for something strange, it is worth a read.
Aug 08, 2016 rated it liked it
Thought this was a pretty tense read but like someone else says the end way just out there. 4 stars until about 25 pages out then it lost one.
Dec 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2007, horror
“Nel giugno 1964 l'intera famiglia di Shannon è stata massacrata da uno psicopatico che si aggira per gli Stati Uniti. Shannon è sopravvissuta per miracolo, ma non ricorda. La sua mente confusa si rifiuta di vedere il volto dell'assassino. Vent'anni dopo a New York Shannon si trova chiusa con lui in un ascensore bloccato fra due piani di un vecchio palazzo; l'uomo con l'ascia la interroga, la sottopone a una sottile tortura psicologica per costringerla a rivivere il passato.” (sinossi da anobii. ...more
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
Not quite sure why this is supposed to be read in one sitting. I did this but could have quite happily had the same experience reading it over several sittings. Anyway, it was well written, just ever so slightly strange in places, but not nearly as weird as I was led to believe.

It is a very good read. Much better in fact than I was expecting it to be, but if I were recommending it to others to read, I'd skip all the hype I've seen in other reviews and in fact at the beginning of the book itself
Oct 12, 2012 rated it liked it
Started reading this accidentally instead of another e-book, but once I was I found it hard to stop. Halfway through and it's getting weirder by the paragraph! Very strange but not the strangest book I've ever read.
Dec 10, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, ghost, stories
ahh when i was seventeen - read this in one sitting as the author challenges you to do so which means you miss the cracks in the plot and skip over some poor writing. it's a fun ride though and i'd recommend doing it in the one sitting
C Agent
May 18, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very, very much a mindfuck kind of book. Read it in one go. Seriously.
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
read it in one sittin as suggested, in the car on a family holiday.
was definitely worth reading this way (easy too)
Shawn Manning
Jul 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Really enjoyed this one until the end. Then it turned into one big WTF. Love Farris. Not so much this book.
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American writer and screenwriter of both adaptations of his own books (e.g. 'The Fury'), of the works of others (such as Alfred Bester's 'The Demolished Man') and original scripts. In 1973 he wrote and directed the film 'Dear Dead Delilah'. He has had several plays produced off-Broadway, and also paints and writes poetry. At various times he has made his home in New York, Southern California and P ...more
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