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Jessica Hamilton – Baxter (1981, 2nd Sphere edition)

Posted by demonik on January 12, 2020

 Jessica Hamilton – Baxter (Sphere, 1981)

Blurb;
BEWARE OF THE ….

`The child was even weaker than I thought, and I acted quickly. I was careful not to touch its delicate skin with my teeth. It was a simple matter to grasp its clothing and drag it to the water. It cried out only briefly before I forced it under. It quickly went limp, and I stood back and watched it until I knew its feeble hold on life was broken.’
…. BAXTER
HE LOOKS LIKE A PET DOG, ONE OF MILLIONS. HE EVEN BEHAVES LIKE ONE – MOST OF THE TIME. BUT HE’S EVIL. INHUMANLY EVIL. AFTER YOU HAVE READ THIS NOVEL, YOU WILL NEVER, EVER, LOOK AT YOUR FAMILY’S PET QUITE LIKE YOU USED TO… 

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Bernard King – Witch Beast

Posted by demonik on September 29, 2019

Bernard King – Witch Beast  (Sphere, 1989)

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Blurb:
Uptown, the depressed Victorian slum area of Monkhampton, long overdue for development, is dying: its shopping precinct boarded up, its church abandoned, its people moved away – apparently into thin air …

At the heart of Uptown, in Salvation, an affectionate snow-white Newfoundland recovers slowly from the vicious maltreatment of his previous owner. And as Leader regains his strength, his coat starts to change colour, and he grows – and grows …

Detective Chief Inspector Ben Wilson, investigating a strange case of arson in Uptown, is attacked by a pack of dogs turned feral, a pack that behaves like a disciplined army …

Then the murders start. And Wilson begins to see a hideous connection; a link that shatters all our comfortable preconceptions about domestic pets. If he and the eccentric Professor Harker are right, man’s best friend is man’s most dangerous enemy – an enemy beyond human control.

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Jere Cunningham – The Legacy

Posted by demonik on August 20, 2019

Jere Cunningham – The Legacy (Sphere, 1980: originally Fawcett, 1977)

Blurb:

SOMEWHERE IN THE DARKNESS IT IS WATCHING AND WAITING – FOR YOU
Chester Rawlings is the first victim – he blows his brains out to escape a living death.
Then old Sam is discovered lying beside his master’s grave, dead of an unnatural heart attack- two corpse-like fingers clutched in his hand.
Now a child watches as her parents struggle in the grip of an unspeakable horror: only the child knows the awful truth – it is already too late to save them from THE LEGACY

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John Blackburn – Broken Boy (Sphere, 1970)

Posted by demonik on August 28, 2017

John Blackburn – Broken Boy (Sphere, 1970)

Blurb:
Ritual Murder
The horribly mutilated corpse which the police dragged from the river was identified by British Intelligence. It appeared to be that of Gerda Raine, onetime agent of East Germany, who traded missile secrets for asylum in the West.

General Kirk was afraid that a foreign. power had set up a murder organisa­tion to operate in the British Isles.

Before long he was wishing it was only that.

 

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Graham Masterton – Famine

Posted by demonik on October 13, 2014

Graham Masterton – Famine  (Sphere, 1981, 1988)

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Blurb:
FAMINE
When the grain crop failed in Kansas it seemed like an isolated incident and no one took much notice. Except Ed Hardesty. Then the blight spread to California’s fruit harvest, and from there, like wildfire, throughout the nation.
FAMINE
A tidal wave of terror
FAMINE
Suddenly America woke up to the fact that her food supplies were almost wiped out. Her grain reserves lethally polluted. And Botulism was multiplying at a horrifying rate…

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