Setting: Virginia in the 1930s. Twin sisters, the Ravens, one blind (Alisha), the other beautiful and pampered (Jenny), vie for their mother's affection. A double wedding ceremony results in terror and death. Shortly thereafter, Jenny is confined to a home for the insane: Gristmoor, a place where the evil Dr. Braun intimidates and seduces her patients. In attending to Jenny, Sizemore, Braun's half witted lackey, makes an error in judgement and soon Jenny is dead. But buried with her in the stench of her grave is a mysterious blue liquid that Sizemore tells Braun "bring the dead back to life." Braun ignores his admonition. Dr. Borman, lead psychiatrist at Gristmoor, is suspicious of the strange goings on at the institution and begins to quietly investigate the abuse of several inmates and the death of Jenny Raven. Things at Gristmoor begin to stir from the crypt and a new and metamorphosed Jenny rises to seek revenge on her sightless sister and all the others who have caused her such pain while among the living. Braun and Sizemore meet their deaths quickly. Detective Maurice Goodman is on the scene first and his suspicions are soon aroused by the baffling deaths of Braun and Sizemore, and he turns his attention to Borman. Other deaths connected with weddings follow, some as far away as Pennsylvania. Borman, linking various clues, believes that a supernatural "creature" is despoiling the country side. Convincing a reluctant Goodman of this fact, they join forces in tracking the thing down. Alisha, not surprised, has had many real and dreamy encounters with her demonic sister-Alisha being her prime target. As Jenny seeks her revenge the chase leads to the Outer Banks of North Carolina as the horror culminates in several deaths and resolution.
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Published February 4, 2002
Horror, Literature & Fiction.