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The Hoodoo Man by Steve    Harris
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it was amazing
Read 2 times. Last read March 31, 2018 to May 7, 2018.

Budgie as a weapon? Sure, why not.

Danny Stafford was an ordinary kid until his brother shot him in the face. It was an accident that changed Danny, but it isn't until his 30s that the change fully takes hold. Now in a stable relationship, renovating a house, and working a dead-end job, Danny's life is turned upside down. And that's before the Hoodoo Man starts coming for him.

Back in my formative years, the local librarian introduced me to the adult section of the library after I'd read everything on offer for young adults and kids. This novel, The Hoodoo Man, was the first she pulled off of the shelf for me to try. A brand new horror novel by a UK author. Bit of a leap. But I was hooked. I clearly remember devouring this book, to the point that I missed at least one meal.

Twenty-six years later I wanted to test if my memory of this novel held up. Was The Hoodoo Man as good all these years later, or was I just an impressionable kid who had just discovered his first horror novel? Oh, it stands up alright. It has aged very well and I wasn't disappointed at all. My immediate response upon finishing was to exclaim "Well, I'm going to have to find more of Steve Harris' books."

This is where this story becomes interesting. The Hoodoo Man was Steve's third novel and it was his most successful, it put him on the map, and became his website's name. But his career was all but over by the time his seventh novel was released and he retired at the end of the 90s. His career came to an end after his publisher was bought out and he was dumped. He had one completed novel he was shopping around, another in the works, and a third that had originally been intended as his sixth novel but was deemed too terrifying*. Harris' novels went out of print and after no success in finding a new publisher, he retired from writing.

In this day and age, a writer in this situation would probably take their back-catalog and self-publish, then release their new material. Of course, a publisher would be unlikely to let an author go out of print. But it does make me wonder how many authors are in a sense lost to us because of the machinations of the publishing world. I guess they won't be getting any money from me** hunting down Harris' back-catalog in the secondhand stores.

*The Switch was an attempt by Steve to bring the reader as close to feeling actual pain as possible. Back when his website was active I read an excerpt and can confirm that he succeeded. I have never looked at liver the same since.
**Obviously, Steve won't be either.
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Reading Progress

October 2, 1992 – Started Reading
October 2, 1992 – Finished Reading
October 2, 2014 – Shelved
March 31, 2018 – Started Reading
May 7, 2018 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Glyn (new)

Glyn Lee Great review awesome link just ordered 4 of his after finding wulf for pittance.


message 2: by Tyson (last edited Jun 05, 2018 03:11AM) (new) - rated it 5 stars

Tyson Adams Glyn wrote: "Great review awesome link just ordered 4 of his after finding wulf for pittance."
Hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoyed The Hoodoo Man. I've got his back catalog arriving this week (except Adventureland, which I wasn't able to source).


message 3: by Glyn (new)

Glyn Lee Got old library hardback 1st edition of Adventureland this week for about £5 on ebay some copies going for like £45 but be careful accidently ordered German first edition paperback first time around😂


Tyson Adams Glyn wrote: "Got old library hardback 1st edition of Adventureland this week for about £5 on ebay some copies going for like £45 but be careful accidently ordered German first edition paperback first time around😂"

Yeah, most of my copies were ex-library books. And I might have tried to order the same copy of Adventureland. I realised before pressing buy, but they weren't exactly making it obvious which language it was in.


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