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Cover of the 1981 Star mass-market (254 pages). This is the sequel to the excellent Satan's Mistress -- which was much more Lovecraftian than Satanic -- though unrelated to McNaughon's other two "Satan" books of the late 70s/early 80s: Satan's Surrogate (also excellent, also not Satanic) and Satan's Love Child (not quite so excellent). Reissued as Worse Things Waiting in 2000 by Wildside Press.
Full review to come (eventually).
This and Satan's Mistress form a two-parter that reflect, refract, redouble, and rewrite each other. This one is all time loops, cut-up chronology, and the meta-horror of finding a book within the book that is actually the book you've got in your hands. A beautiful evocation of a victim rebuilding her shattered life after (barely) surviving the climax of Satan's Mistress turns into cruel horror as Lovecraftian Elder Gods and bloodthirsty fairies from humanity's pagan past unite to squash her rec ...more
Brian McNaughton was an American writer of horror and fantasy fiction who mixed sex, satire and black humour. He also wrote thrillers.More about Brian McNaughton...