Terminal Island by Walter Greatshell

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The first two-thirds of the book is a marvellous example of how to create atmospheric horror with little touches and flourishes. Even though I lost some patience towards the end, Terminal Island remains an impressive piece of writing and, so long as you accept the increasingly surreal imagery, you will probably find this an excellent horror novel.
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Henry Cadmus grew up on Catalina Island, a scenic vacationland off the Southern California coast. But Henry's experiences were far from idyllic. Today, even though Henry has seen firsthand the horrors of war, the ghastly images that haunt his dreams is one he associates with his childhood... and the island: a snarling pig-man holding a cleaver; a jackal-headed woman on a high balcony, dripping blood; strange occult rituals... and worse. If it was up to Henry, he would avoid the island entirely. But Henry is returning to Catalina Island. At his wife Ruby's insistence, Henry, Ruby, and their infant daughter are coming to Avalon, so that Henry can face his fears, exorcise his demons, and reconcile with the one he fears most... his mother. From Walter Greatshell, author of Xombies comes Terminal Island, a novel of cosmic horror.
 

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Walter Greatshell was born in Torrance, California. He sold his first short story at age 16, and has since written for newspaper, television, and public radio, as well as starting his own alternative paper, The Dark Horse. He currently lives and writes in Providence, RI.
 
Published December 1, 2012 by Night Shade Books. 280 pages
Genres: Horror, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by David Marshall on Feb 02 2013

The first two-thirds of the book is a marvellous example of how to create atmospheric horror with little touches and flourishes. Even though I lost some patience towards the end, Terminal Island remains an impressive piece of writing and, so long as you accept the increasingly surreal imagery, you will probably find this an excellent horror novel.

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