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Ghost Train [Paperback]

Stephen Laws
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19 Mar 1987
Something deadly is stalking the corridors of the King's Cross train, preying on the passengers. It once attacked commuter Mark Davies and threw him from the train. Ex-policeman Les Chadderton is obsessed with the murders and suicides on the Easst Coast mainline. His own wife has been among the victims. Together, Davies and Chadderton must board the Ghost Train and face their own fears made real, travelling on a one-way ticket on the Nightmare Express. . .
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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Sphere Books; New edition edition (19 Mar 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0722153864
  • ISBN-13: 978-0722153864
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.7 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,055,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Stand aside Stephen King, James Herbert and Clive Barker and let through a new heir to the horror throne' (Starburst ) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Stephen Laws lives in Newcastle-upon-Tyne and is a full-time writer. He has written several bestseller horror novels including Chasm, Daemonic and Macabre. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4.2 out of 5 stars
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ghost Train 21 Aug 2002
Format:Paperback
Running along similar lines (no pun intended) as Bill Garnett's "Down-Bound Train" this marvellous book actually personifies the hell portrayed in Garnett's superb shocker. One man has faced this hell and escaped three times but the creature is preparing to free itself totally from the King's Cross Line where it is trapped. The pace is fantastic, building to a spellbinding climax and the real truth of one man's nightmares about The Ghost Train.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Horror with a high body count 30 Mar 2008
By Mr. G. Battle VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
The young, the old, the infirm... Stephen Laws doesn't doesn't think politically when he's killing people in a myriad of gruesome ways. Ghost Train is old school horror, with possession, demonic forces, a mystery to be solved and a finale of good versus evil against all odds. What lets Ghost Train down is the real lack of substance. Although Laws has attempted to weave considerable mystery in to the plot, the evil 'train' just doesn't have any character and as a result there is a not enough engagement. The key components are there but the writing isn't good enough to make it a memorable book. Suitable for an easy read but not Laws at his best.
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By Barbēlō TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback
After unaccountably recovering from a fall from a moving train, Mark dreads to fall asleep. He also dreads being awake and his dread centres around "The Ghost Train.
It was another day in hell! The dreams had started after he had recovered from his terrible accident fourteen months ago. But they were more than just dreams. They were real.they terrorized him and haunted him.

Eric had been a railwayman all his working life, rising to inspector....and he was a little bit scared of Mark, because he used to just come and sit in the station every day for hours and hours waiting........just waiting..........but for what?
"Christ, there was something funny about that fella".
Something was compelling Mark to cross the ticket barrier as he had done on that horrific day fourteen months ago. And an unreasoning fear of something unknown which lay beyond the barrier prevented him From doing so.

What is schizophrenia?
'Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disorder that has affected people throughout history'.
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I musta read this book about 15years ago, but still haunts me today. One of those reads that spook you completely and so will never leave your side.

Recommended for anyone who enjoys a good frightening horror story
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast and Furious Horror 23 Mar 2008
Format:Paperback
This was my introduction to Laws, and led me to seek out everything he has written.

It's all based on a great premise... that the main East Coast rail line from London to the North of England is on a ley line that can channel power to the London End, with a view to waking an ancient demon.

Strange deaths abound on the line. Our protagonist, himself a survivor of a strange experience on a train, has to try to stop the energy building up.

The climax is a tour-de-force as the train hurtles to London, the demon grows ever more powerful, and the deaths pile up.

Laws has a wild imagination, and he likes to kill people in very gruesome fashions, but if, like me, you like your horror fast and action packed, then he's the man for you.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast and furious horror 23 Mar 2008
By William Meikle - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
This was my introduction to Laws, and led me to seek out everything he has written.

It's all based on a great premise... that the main East Coast rail line from London to the North of England is on a ley line that can channel power to the London End, with a view to waking an ancient demon.

Strange deaths abound on the line. Our protagonist, himself a survivor of a strange experience on a train, has to try to stop the energy building up.

The climax is a tour-de-force as the train hurtles to London, the demon grows ever more powerful, and the deaths pile up.

Laws has a wild imagination, and he likes to kill people in very gruesome fashions, but if, like me, you like your horror fast and action packed, then he's the man for you.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars whats the GhostTraiin....is it a ghost? 26 May 2013
By Barbēlō - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
if you like a good bedtime horror story, Stephen Laws is just tye man

After unaccountably recovering from a fall from a moving train, Mark dreads to fall asleep. He also dreads being awake and his dread centres around "The Ghost Train.
It was another day in hell! The dreams had started after he had recovered from his terrible accident fourteen months ago. But they were more than just dreams. They were real.they terrorized him and haunted him.

Eric had been a railwayman all his working life, rising to inspector....and he was a little bit scared of Mark, because he used to just come and sit in the station every day for hours and hours waiting........just waiting..........but for what?
"Christ, there was something funny about that fella".
Something was compelling Mark to cross the ticket barrier as he had done on that horrific day fourteen months ago. And an unreasoning fear of something unknown which lay beyond the barrier prevented him From doing so.

What is schizophrenia?
'Schizophrenia is a chronic, severe, and disabling brain disorder that has affected people throughout history'.
--------------------

I musta read this book about 15years ago, but still haunts me today. One of those reads that spook you completely and so will never leave your side.
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't do it for me 22 July 2014
By John S. Mclachlan - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Thought this would be interesting, but after 30 pages I called no joy. Story was meandering and hard to follow.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great moments; inconsistent, however 25 Oct 2003
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Ghost Train starts off promisingly, with some really good frights and mayhem; the dream parts are truly creepy; however, I found the basic premises underlying all the events (as explained immediately prior to the final section of the book) hard to swallow, and I was not satisfied with the ending. He is an undeniably good writer, and since this was his first book, he has a good excuse for not being in top form, but I simply can't give this book 5 stars because his other books may be great, so I would give it four stars overall, the first 2/3 would get 5 stars.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Ghost Train, A Journey you never want to make! 26 Jun 2001
By MR RO Davies - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Yet another master creation from arguably the best horror writer on the block. Laws's fluid style ensures you just can't put this book down. The number of people who can, convincingly, create believable horror stories can be counted on the fingers of one hand. With GHOST TRAIN, Stephen Laws enters the rank and could, judging by this truly frightening debut, become number one. If you like a well-written supernatural novel and think you can survive 300 pulse-pounding pages of sheer terror, don't miss GHOST TRAIN. The train of the title doesn't even fully reveal its palpably evil nature until deep into the book. Long before this time, the reader is fully in the grip of Stephen Laws' witches brew of calculated creepiness. Stand aside Stephen King, James Herbert and Clive Barker and let through a new heir to the horror throne!
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