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Adam Nevill
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24 May 2012
Indie filmmaker Kyle Freeman is a man at the end of his tether. He faces bankruptcy and obscurity, until he lands a commission to make an unusual documentary. The Temple of the Last Days was a notorious cult, which reached its bloody endgame in the Arizona desert in 1975. Ever since, the group’s rumoured mystical secrets and paranormal experiences have lain concealed behind a history of murder, sexual deviancy and imprisonment. Kyle and his one-man crew film the cult’s original bases in London and France – finally visiting the desert crime scene where the cult self-destructed in a night of ritualistic violence. But when Kyle interviews survivors, uncanny events plague his shoots. Frightening out-of-body experiences and nocturnal visitations follow, along with the discovery of ghastly artefacts. Until Kyle realises, too late, that they’ve become entangled in the cult’s hideous legacy. Praise for Adam Nevill ‘This novel grabs from the very first page … Superb’ Guardian ‘Lean, compelling, dark, at times frightening’ The Herald ‘Horrifyingly scary … Nevill sinuously ramps up the tension’ Sunday Times

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan (24 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0230757766
  • ISBN-13: 978-0230757769
  • Product Dimensions: 4.3 x 15 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 388,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“Taking its cue from real-life cults LAST DAYS is an effectively creepy novel that will leave you sleeping with the lights on.” SFX

“His previous novel was the superb The Ritual, but with Last Days he's gone one better. This is riveting, and Nevill is fast becoming Britain's answer to Stephen King.” THE GUARDIAN

“There are books that spark the imagination. “Last Days” lit a bonfire. Spooky, eerie delight. This one made me perk up at unfamiliar noises and to examine the shadows a little more closely. Nevill should be ranked up near masters like Lovecraft and Clark Ashton Smith. This is what a horror book should be.” Suspense Magazine (February 2013)

“Horror fans will revel in this appropriately chilling tale of modern-day murder and mayhem that stretches back several centuries … This appropriately ghastly tale definitely lives up to its billing as a Blair Witch Project–style novel.” Margaret Flanagan, Booklist

“Obsession and megalomania, sex and power make for a sophisticated, literate and well-crafted paranormal horror.” Kirkus

“This exceptional macabre tale stuns in its ability to inspire abject, primal terror. Readers will lose all hope of peaceful, undisturbed sleep. Highly recommended.” Library Journal - Starred Review

“Fans of films about haunted places, otherworldly beings, and rituals gone terribly wrong will find this homage deliciously chilling.” Publisher Week, February 2013

“All I can say is, wow. What an amazing book. Last Days has just about everything I look for in a horror novel; it is well crafted, has a strong plot with believable characters and the horror sequences get under your skin and into your mind. And the images just won’t go away. You’ll find yourself replaying scenes in your mind for days.” FANGORIA

“In Last Days, Adam Nevill has managed to create a fusion of the Charles Manson mystique, the occult and a found footage documentary that is both a magnificent and gripping read from the very first page.” THIS IS HORROR

“Overall the supernatural elements are convincing and you are drawn into the story to the extent that you’re biting your nails on one hand whilst turning the pages with the other. The horror, whilst terrifying, is not overly grotesque and is just about on the right side of dark to be universally popular. So what we are left with is another strong offering from Nevill which will leave you reading nervously into the small hours of the night.” GEEK SYNDICATE

“This is not a novel for the faint-of-heart or those averse to disturbing subject matter. It does, however, reward avid horror fans with an engrossing mystery and memorable scares.” CRIMINAL ELEMENT

“Not everyone enjoys horror stories, but for those that do read Last Days and afterwards look for more of the same from Adam Nevill who surely has the knack of creating undertones of chilling terror in an engrossing book.” BOOK BITCH --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

From the Back Cover

Winner of the August Derleth award for Best Horror Novel

THEY NEVER LET YOU GO . . .

In 1975, a massacre took place in the Arizona desert which shocked the world. The Temple of the Last Days, a cult whose rumoured mystical secrets and paranormal experiences lay concealed behind a history of murder, sexual deviancy and imprisonment, came to a bloody end after a night of ritualistic violence. Now their story wants to be told.

Kyle Freeman is an indie film-maker with no money and few options, so when he lands a commission to make a documentary about the sinister cult and its mysterious leader, he jumps at the chance.

As he travels from London to France and then Arizona, tracing the path of the Temple of the Last Days, uncanny events, out-of-body experiences, ghastly artefacts and nocturnal visitors plague him. Finally he discovers the terrible secrets the cult died to protect - but is it too late to escape their hideous legacy?

'An effectively creepy novel that will leave you sleeping with the lights on . . . Genuinely spooky'

SFX

'The British horror master's fourth novel sees him in top form with intelligent storytelling, an authentic, authoritative voice, and myth-building akin to Clive Barker at his most ambitious'

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars New Stephen King-My Eye!!!! 13 Feb 2014
Format:Paperback
Obviously touted as such by a lazy and desperate PR department. No way do this author's books even touch the worst product of The Master's coke-and-booze addled period.

I bought this remaindered in The Pound Shop then realised I had read the author's Apartment 16 and not enjoyed it-in fact it was a slog to get through his over florid descriptive paragraphs.

I gave this a go though, and it wasn't that bad-but there were several points that really tumbled it down the rankings-

First, why does the deus ex machina mysterious millionaire keep telling the main character is the only one who can do the job and that he will find out the reasons? This plot point goes nowhere-it just drops to one side without any resolution. I thought the protagonist was going to prove to have a link with the cultists, but no the whole plot point builds and then never goes anywhere.

Secondly, why does the second lead just drop out presumably 'vanished' towards the end, then we get a third person intervention telling us he has survived but then plays no further point in the story. Were we supposed to be upset at his presumed demise?

Third, why did the Finger Mouse character never suffer from any of the footage he saw, as everyone else connected was directly threatened by the paranormal characters?

Fourth, how in the hell did the downstairs neighbour looking after the protagonist's cat not hear him running, screaming, throwing furniture about, and finally flinging himself out of a window after fighting with one intruder, without her WAKING UP?!

Fifth, what happened to the cat?

Sixth-it introduces a new character mere pages from the end who we are supposed to root for, and care when he dies horribly-why not have just kept the second lead?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars No proof reader ? 9 Jun 2014
By JS9
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I'm sorry, I'm a geek.

But could the Publisher not employ a proof reader who knew that a Glock is a Glock and not a Gloch ? I mean come on, a two second googling could have cleared that up.

That aside, this novel promises a lot which it really fails to deliver. Some great ideas, some occasional scares, hampered by plot devices that never tie up, before degenerating into a sub-Aliens / Resident Evil shoot out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying horror - quite creepy in parts 21 Mar 2014
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is the second Adam Neville novel I have read and although there are some mixed reviews, I personally found this a very satisfying read. I do enjoy the genre generally but like to think I am discerning. Quality of characterisations and descriptive prose can be lacking but not in this authors case. Creatures in the walls, spectres in the shadows; cults and their cursed survivors; creepy locations and a life and death chase to end the terror that takes us to locations spread over two continents. Is it far fetched? Yes of course. Does it matter? No. It's a horror story. They are all far fetched. No such thing as ghosts, goblins, demons or monsters! It's escapism and it's success hangs on the ability of the author to draw you into his creation and keep you engaged. And if you find yourself peering a little too closely at the shadows cast by your bedside lamp and reading a little too much into the benign nighttime creakings of your humble abode, it scores 4 stars and a thank you very much, job done! If you prefer your horror to get straight to the gory bits without much scene setting etc. the style may not be to your taste and you might side with reviewers who think Neville drags in places. Not my experience at all. Read it over a weekend. Could have put it down but didn't want to!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Superb first half but disappointing second 21 Aug 2013
By Macca
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
When I started reading this book I thought it was superb, exactly the type of horror book I love, eerie tense supernatural, more 'evil presence' rather than a 'monster book'.

But am only giving 3 stars because the second half lost my interest, it got a bit predictable and almost boring. also in the later part of the book the lead character's dialogue started to grate by annoyingly repeating phrases like "I can't take much more of this" and "I don't think I can go on", which went on far too long and didn't add anything IMO.

If the second half of the book had been as good as the first half then it would definitely be worth 5 stars, as it is I was left a bit disappointed given the promising beginning.

I don't like saying negative things in reviews, the author is obviously very talented but needs to keep the quality up throughout.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nearly as scary as The Ritual 5 April 2013
By Piper
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Bought this for my mate, since he was kind enough to lend me The Ritual, genuinely the most terrifying book I've ever read bar none. Widely touted as the British Stephen King, I'd have to say Adam Nevill is equally imaginative, but in terms of sheer sleep-with-the-lights-on-for-the-next-week-ness, I'd say he's more comparable to Graham Masterton.
Highly recommended to anyone who loved The Ritual, or those who enjoy starting out on an innocuous and enjoyable journey that quickly descends into knee-tremblingly, heart-stoppingly, terrifyingly inescapable conditions during which our hero witnesses mind-bending strangeness and everyone's very soul is in peril...this is for you with highly polished brass knobs on!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars He keeps improving 3 April 2013
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This si the third novel of Adam nevill I ave read and he has improved with each book. Although the story is a slow burn to start with, this work to its advantage. The atmosphere created in the ealry chapters is dark and foreboding. Yes, there is some repetition in the description of the appearances of the 'friends' but it puts a chill up your spine nonetheless. The slight problem is it goes a bit 'Hollywood' in the final chapter - more action movie than horror. Having said that Mr Nevill is fast becoming a favourite of mine and I look forward to his next release.
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4.0 out of 5 stars good but not excellent
Last Days I can hardly compare to the Ritual (which was a good book too but with a beaten plot). Last Days has much more intricate plot and a story to tell. Read more
Published 5 months ago by oamaz
5.0 out of 5 stars so far so good
Only just started Last Days but it's coming along nicely, quite a few scares so far!! Have enjoyed Banquet for The Damned and The Ritual, both of which mentioned in this book but... Read more
Published 5 months ago by ashandy
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but not as good as the ritual.
Although I'm a fan of the ghost/horror genre, I don't really believe in the supernatural. Having said that, I like books from this genre to contain a certain amount of... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
An amazing story!! Very gripping and very creepy!! The only downside to this was it was a little long winded at times but apart from that a brilliant story!
Published 5 months ago by Kirsty
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent horror
It is really pleasurable (and terrifying) to read Adam Nevill. I enjoyed this. Fortunately, although it's spooked me to the core, it's not as utterly frightening as The Ritual,... Read more
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