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Incubus [Paperback]

Ray Russell
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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Dell Pub Co (Oct 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 044014129X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440141297
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 10.7 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,254,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By JK TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Paperback
Ray Russell is one of the great horror writers and unfortunately his novels have been out of print for quite a while. He seems to be gaining some level of popularity again mainly due to to Penguin Books and Guillermo del Toro who have joined forces to produce Haunted Castles. "Haunted Castles is the definitve, complete collection of Ray Russell's masterful Gothic horror stories, including the famously terrifying novella trio of "Sardonicus," "Sanguinarius," and "Sagittarius." Now available on Kindle and a real gem for any true fan of horror.

Incubus, originally published in 1981, is the story of a reasonably ordinary American town, Galen, which suddenly becomes the hub of some serious demonic action. The women of the town are being brutally attacked and it falls upon occult specialist Julian Task to dig deep into layer upon layer of mystery and legend to free the town before time runs out.

An Incubus is a sexual creature so expect scenes of a sexual nature. Those themes are still quite hard hitting but kept entirely within the context of the plot. Remember the book hails from the early 1980s and be prepared to forgive the time related eccentricities.

I read Incubus in the early 1980s. I fished a dusty paperback out of the loft and read it again last week. It's true to say it's a novel that still holds a chill and has a superbly worked eerie background. Yes; it's somewhat old fashioned and the dialogue is cheesy. If you're a real fan of horror that won't put you off and you'll appreciate why Ray Russell is important to the genre.

Very easy and quick to read. Recommended to all horror fans.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Having originally read this many, many years ago, I was recently fortunate enough to acquire a second hand copy for £1. A bargain.

I remembered it as being a truly creepy and horrific read, which is full of sizable monsters (check the title, you'll work it out!). I was not wrong!
Strangely, most of Ray Russell's books now appear to be out of print, which is A:a travesty for horror fans everywhere. and B:a serious error on the part of whichever body retains the copyright.

Some of his work may now seem tame when compared to the more modern trend of schlock horror. But take it from me, Ray Russell was a ground-breaker for his time.
With such an outstanding back-catalog - which includes Incubus, The Case Against Satan, Unholy Trinity, Haunted Castles, Sardonicus, - this is a writer who is up there with Matheson, Bloch, Campbell and the best of them.

I was going to end by suggesting that you might want to do yourselves a favor, and go hunting around for some old copies of Russell's works.
Instead, I have a modicum of good news!

Penguin Horror have just released a new and updated edition of Haunted Castles, which is the first in a six-volume series of classic horror stories, edited by Guillermo del Toro, and now available on Amazon!
Haunted Castles(1) is dedicated to the works of Ray Russell. So do yourselves a favor and trust me, this is one for the Christmas wish-list!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once again, old horror is best 25 July 2013
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If only publishers would take a look at books like Incubus and realise that some of us want more than this dark 'fantasy' and other tripe. Great little book if you can get it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Incubus 10 Jun 2014
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This book is one of my alltime faves,i first had it in the early 80s then i lost it and i have looked&looked for years and then i saw it on amazon by luck and i snapped it up and it turned up 2 days later i felt like newcastle had won the premier league.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly good (mellion108 from Michigan) 27 July 2003
By mellion108 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Galen, California is a small coastal town mostly known for its remarkable resemblance to any small New England town. Most of the women in Galen are beautiful (or at least striking), and the residents just go on about their normal lives. Then tragedy strikes, and a young woman is brutally raped and murdered. When this tragedy begins to repeat itself over and over, even the most outlandish explanation seems plausible. Throw in the handsome anthropologist turned supernatural investigator, his love interest (the beautiful local newspaper editor), a dedicated but baffled sheriff, a gruff but loveable town doctor, and a rich but mysterious family with a secret history and a big house on the hill, and you have all the makings for a perfect 70s horror novel. Oh, and mix liberally with sexual innuendo, masculine protectiveness of female virtue, and loads of dreams, hallucinations, and flashbacks to ancient torture practices.

I was lucky enough to stumble across this paperback. I really love these 70s and 80s horror paperbacks and tend to hoard them. This one looked especially cheesy, but it turned out to be surprisingly good. The writing is solid, and the characters are interesting. I enjoyed the story overall, and I finished this little gem in just a few hours. As the other reviewer points out, this was made into a 1981 movie starring John Cassavetes and John Ireland. They merely moved Galen from California to New England, but most of the plot remained intact. If you like old horror novels, this one is a must. It's pretty darn good, stands the test of time, and is well worth a trip to your used bookstore to find it.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars incubus 2 Dec 2006
By rosiepie - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I have been looking for this book for many years, I first read it when I was 30, I am now almost 60 & after all these years this book is still in my head & I can't wait to read it again. The suspense will keep you on the edge of your seat till the very end,
12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars STILL SHOCKING A QUARTER CENTURY LATER 27 Jun 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
EXCELLENT HORROR FROM A NOT-TOO-PROLIFIC AUTHOR[WHICH IS A SHAME,BECAUSE THIS BOOK IS VERY GOOD]. I READ THIS WHEN IT WAS FIRST RELEASED IN THE MID-SEVENTIES,AND IT WAS AHEAD OF ITS TIME IN ITS GRAPHIC CONTENT.IT HAS WELL DRAWN,SYMPATHETIC CHARACTERS,AND ITS MONSTER,THE INCUBUS, PROBABLY MAKES THE TRANSITION FROM FOLKLORE TO FICTION IN THIS BOOK.......THIS WAS MADE INTO A MEDIOCRE MOVIE IN THE EARLY EIGHTIES.....BUT THIS BOOK IS GREAT......I WOULD PLACE IT IN THE TOP TEN HORROR NOVELS OF THE SEVENTIES.......READ IT!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Story! 12 May 2010
By Mandy Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I read this book when I was a kid and loved it then. I just stumbled upon it again in a book store, bought it, read it again, and loved it all over again. This is a wonderful little story for those who enjoy horror/thriller tales. Well-told with lots of description so you get sucked right into the story, which is probably not where you want to be with an incubus running loose...unless, of course, you're me, in which case: Bring it on, baby! lol
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book that stays in your mind 17 Sep 2011
By Melanie C - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
I read this book during the 'Winter Blast' of 1978...and will never forget it. Time came and went, and with moves here and there, lost my original. I had forgotten the Title for a long time, until one day I saw the word 'Incubus' and it tripped the memory of this book again...which was good in a 'classy-horror-with-style' sort of way. It was far-fetched, yet realistic.

I won't give away the ending, but needless to say, if you like true 'story-horror', you will love this book...not too many characters to keep up with, a great base-story to keep you tied to the book, and consistent action and details...overall, a shame that the author wasn't as prominent as many lesser writers are.
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