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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere (Jun 1983)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0722177941
  • ISBN-13: 978-0722177945
  • Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,952,858 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Andy on 30 Jan 2013
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I first read this book 30 years ago and hoped to read it again though never expected to find a copy and was delighted when i found it reprinted and available on amazon.A dark tale of ritualistic murder and the occultist out to stop the killings seemed better 1st time around but is still a classic of extreme horror.
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Cellars actually scared me! 25 Mar 2000
By Marc R. Bravo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've read this book twice (with about 8 years between each reading), and it still scares me. John Shirley has a knack for taking something I do without thinking about it, such as closing my eyes, and makes me SCARED of doing it. In Cellars, he's got New York City subways, and sub-subways, and psychics, and street urchins, and horrible "blessed" people, and secret societies, and things coming up from drains, and each horrific event is more disturbing than the last--all the way to the last page. Shirley doesn't write many horror novels, but when he does... Well, you have to read one for yourself. The only other book that actually scared me--and I read a LOT of horror stories--was another John Shirley book, In Darkness Waiting.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Brutal horror at it's finest. 20 July 2007
By Dr. Meat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Cellars was the first horror novel I ever read by John Shirley. It was so intense, that authors like Barker, Lumley, Garton, and others positively paled in comparison. Cellars is unflinchingly executed. Gritty, dark, and truly scary - it keeps you guessing until literally the last page. I can't recommend this book for those who like Hollywood horror where everything is happy and fine after the minor scares. For those of you that are tired of the predictable, toothless horror novels that glut the shelves - give Cellars a read.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
How can something so gruesome be so satisfying? 10 July 2011
By Brendan Bartholomew - Published on Amazon.com
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I just started chapter five of "Cellars" earlier today. This is exactly what a creepy horror novel is supposed to be. Wonderful mise-en-scène: Critics often talk about how in a John Ford Western, the landscape itself is a character. What Ford did for the old West, John Shirley does for the New York City of the "me first," Reagan revolution 1980s. While Ford's wilderness panoramas awed viewers with the power and beauty of nature, Shirley's smoldering New York is always just on the verge of doing something unspeakably nasty to his protagonists and to the reader's ability to sleep with the lights off.
cellars 17 Feb 2013
By jm - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Creepy..not as good as the first half of Demons but better than most horror these days. Shirley believes its possible, thats what gives goosebumps..just like Lovecraft.
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Good book, although lacking a bit... 10 Mar 2007
By Alan Draven - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Carl Lanyard is an occult investigator that gets caught up in a case of ritual murders below the streets of New York. The deeper he's getting, the more he'll discover about himself and his involvment in the grand scheme of things.

I'd heard a lot of great things about this book and after reading Edward Lee's praise for it, I decided to pick it up. I enjoyed it but wasn't overall impressed by it. It has great characterization, an intriguing plot and enough sex and gore to keep the average horror reader hooked, but I found it lacked something. I lost of bit of my initial interest in the middle of the book; it felt a bit off to me and dragged at times.

It's still a fast read and a satisfying book, just not the masterpiece many are claiming it to be. Then again, maybe my expectations were too high or maybe it's because I've read too many Ketchum, Lee and Laymon books. Keep in mind that this book was published 25 years ago and at the time, it was a fresh take on the genre. The story is still very much relevant today so I guess it's a sign that it has aged well.
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