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Publisher Comments:

Jim Rook, remedial English teacher and psychic, knows it's going to be a bad day. He nearly runs over someone dressed entirely in black - but why did they walk right in the middle of the college driveway? And who just walks off into the fog after nearly being run over? But when a splash of blood appears on a questionnaire Jim realizes that his day isn't going to be merely bad: it's going to be the day from hell. Perhaps quite literally . . .

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"Frustrated professor Jim Rook finds his psychic gifts an ambiguous asset in his eighth horror-lite tale (after Demon's Den). On the first day of class, Rook finds the corpses of a girl and eight Persian cats nailed to a classroom ceiling. As more deaths occur, sinister student Simon Silence, son of a donor to the college, woos Rook by showing interest in his ability to talk with supernatural entities. Masterton's heavy-handed injection of signals about Simon's preternatural nature erase any tension as Simon tempts classmates to pursue their own 'personal paradise.' After much agonizing, Rook incautiously uses the Silences' powers to resurrect his father, who drowned himself, and his murdered daughter. As the revived dead rampage through Los Angeles, Masterton hammers home the message that nobody achieves everything they want without cost, and Rook's final weighing of sacrifice vs. salvation underscores the central issue yet again. Even adolescent readers will find the moralizing overly blatant and tiresome." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Graham Masterton's first novel, T"he Manitou," was a bestseller and an instant classic and was made into a feature film. Masterton has won an Edgar Award and France's prestigious Prix Julia Verglanger. Several of his stories have been adapted for television.

Masterton's more than one hundred novels include "Charnel House, The Chosen Child," and "Maiden Voyage" (a" New York Times" bestseller). He has written for adults, young adults, and children and edited several anthologies. Earlier in his career, Masterton edited men's magazines, including "Penthouse," He has written a number nonfiction books on sex, including "How to Drive Your Man Wild in Bed," which has sold more than three million copies.

Masterton and his wife, Wiescka, live in Ireland.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780727882493
Author:
Masterton, Graham
Publisher:
Severn House Publishers
Author:
Severn House Publishers
Location:
Sutton
Subject:
Horror
Subject:
Horror - General
Subject:
Horror, supernatural, Jim Rook, occult, murder
Edition Description:
Print PDF
Series:
A Jim Rook Horror Novel
Series Volume:
8
Publication Date:
20130431
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.25 in

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Product details 240 pages Severn House Publishers - English 9780727882493 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Frustrated professor Jim Rook finds his psychic gifts an ambiguous asset in his eighth horror-lite tale (after Demon's Den). On the first day of class, Rook finds the corpses of a girl and eight Persian cats nailed to a classroom ceiling. As more deaths occur, sinister student Simon Silence, son of a donor to the college, woos Rook by showing interest in his ability to talk with supernatural entities. Masterton's heavy-handed injection of signals about Simon's preternatural nature erase any tension as Simon tempts classmates to pursue their own 'personal paradise.' After much agonizing, Rook incautiously uses the Silences' powers to resurrect his father, who drowned himself, and his murdered daughter. As the revived dead rampage through Los Angeles, Masterton hammers home the message that nobody achieves everything they want without cost, and Rook's final weighing of sacrifice vs. salvation underscores the central issue yet again. Even adolescent readers will find the moralizing overly blatant and tiresome." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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