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The Horror Club

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  141 ratings  ·  9 reviews
Richard, Robin and Nigel are ordinary boys who share a taste for the macabre in films, videos, books and comics. Then they admit a fourth member to their club - Toady, who is not at all an ordinary boy. From the moment he lures the boys to a seance, unimagined horror overtakes their lives.
Mass Market Paperback, 528 pages
Published February 1st 1991 by Spectra (first published October 26th 1990)
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Kevin Lucia
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An excellent, lush, slow-burn horror novel. Not a book to burn through, but one to take time with. I especially enjoyed Morris' balanced, finely structured prose, and I especially liked the brief bit of fantasy world-building near the end - would've liked to have seen more of that nightmarish world. I clearly need to read more Mark Morris!
Dreadlocksmile
Jul 22, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'Toady' aka 'The Horror Club' is Mark Morris' first horror novel, which was originally published back in 1989 by Piatkus. Corgi have since bought the rights to the novel and re-released the 702 page epic fantasy / horror tale.

From the start, you can clearly see a strong resemblance to Clive Barker. Morris' writing style is superb, with a descriptive nature that sets a atmosphere so vivid, it's incredible. His imagination is at times so bizarre, you feel the world has no bounds...and indeed it d
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Stephen McQuiggan
Sep 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set during a bleak winter in the English seaside resort of Starmouth, you couldn't find a more depressing setting ripe for some old school eeriness. Part horror, part dark fairytale - there's even a rampaging snowman - this is a great read.
Anthony
Dec 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-collection
Epic horror! A long read at over 500 pages, but I was never bored. Boys release a malevolent spirit during a seance and horrible things begin to happen to the boys and the townspeople. Bizarre scenes of horror to be found here!
Jon Recluse
Nov 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Review pending
Glyn Lee
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Katy Lohman
Sep 11, 2019 rated it liked it
3 stars = a good, scary story

It reminded me of the cheesy goodness of a Zebra horror, which gave it high points already. Add in kids versus teen bullies, a creepy falling-down house and a seance that goes who-knows-where, and it's going to be good fun. The monster is...well, hard to understand. What does it want? What is it? What the heck is it doing?
Caralyn Rubli
May 06, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Very disappointed! Not scary at all. I think it's a young adult book. The cover and summary on the back cover made it look and sound terrifying. Oh, so disappointed!
Celia
Aug 03, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fantastic book! Scared the hell out of me!!!
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Mark Morris became a full-time writer in 1988 on the Enterprise Allowance Scheme, and a year later saw the release of his first novel, Toady. He has since published a further sixteen novels, among which are Stitch, The Immaculate, The Secret of Anatomy, Fiddleback, The Deluge and four books in the popular Doctor
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