Saturday, 10 March 2012

The Searing

Title: The Searing

Author: John Coyne

Year of publication: 1980, Fontana edition 1981.

Back cover blurb: 'The village was new, modern, an architect's dream.  The people were young, affluent and successful.  But the creeping horror that tore the community apart was as old as the hills around them.'

Quick flick reveals: John Coyne had a number of hit horror novels in the late 70s/early 80s, before turning his back on the genre and writing about golf instead.  His work is generally compared to Stephen King, but this seems to also have something of a John Wyndham/Ira Levin flavour to it.  I can't quite get my head around the concept but it seems to involve killer orgasms.

Random paragraph: 'The girl stopped, shocked by Cindy's behaviour, and shouted out, asked if Cindy was okay, and then she headed towards Cindy, saying she would get help.  She reached out, as if to touch Cindy, and then she was stuck.  Her head felt the crushing attack, the whacking across the back of her skull, and she fell into the thick leaves, her blond head ricocheting off the huge stones, her brains spilling out onto the forest floor.'


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