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  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Atlantic Books (1 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857895869
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857895868
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.7 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 454,609 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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S.L. Grey is a collaboration between Sarah Lotz and Louis Greenberg. Based in Cape Town, Sarah is a novelist and screenwriter and die-hard zombie fanatic. She writes crime novels and thrillers under her own name, and as Lily Herne she and her daughter Savannah Lotz write the Deadlands series of zombie novels for young adults. Louis is a Johannesburg-based fiction writer and editor. He was a bookseller for several years, and has a Master's degree in vampire fiction and a doctorate in post-religious apocalyptic fiction.

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"Pseudonymous South African author Grey (Sarah Lotz and Louis Greenberg) practically reinvents the body horror genre with this standalone seuqel to "The Mall."" --"Publishers Weekly"

About the Author

Sarah Lotz and Louis Greenberg met in a pub while bunking a crime seminar and, as one does at pubs, discovered a mutual interest in horror. Sarah, a crime novelist and screenwriter, was a die-hard zombie fanatic; Louis, a literary writer, editor and recovering bookseller, had studied vampire and apocalyptic fiction. Rejecting their initial plans for a vampire-vs-zombie faceoff, they decided to write the first mainstream South African horror novel together and S.L. Grey was born.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JK TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 24 Feb. 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
If you haven't read 'The Mall' I'd recommend you do so before you read 'The Ward'. They're quite similar and follow on from one another in a roundabout way.

'The Ward' takes place in South Africa and features two hospital patients; Lisa, addicted to plastic surgery, and Farrell, now blind, but a previously successful photographer with fashion model girlfriend. The reader is soon made aware this is no normal hospital, or I hope not!, and things spin rapidly out of control.

What follows is a harrowing escape attempt, instigated by a terrified Farrell, who persuades Lisa to guide him into the 'outside world'. There's a strong play on reality versus unreality and questions raised about the state of hospitals, their bureaucracy and the care they give. All of which are relevant today.

The escape doesn't go to plan. What Lisa and Farrell discover is a labyrinth world of endless hospital corridors, drugged nursing staff and much worse. They're heading ever closer towards to the 'Modification Ward' a place where Lisa is free to undergo as much plastic surgery as she desires. As you'll be aware at this point nothing in 'The Ward' is what is seems to be so prepare for the unexpected.

I'm leaving 4* but would be happier with 3.5*. There's some good stuff in here, some nice ideas, and I'd recommend to fans of contemporary horror for that reason. There are also things I didn't enjoy such as the regular emphasis on strong language and gore which seemed perhaps a clumsy method of holding onto the reader when the plot began to slow down or wander off however; I found this to be a strangely addictive read. Once I'd entered the world of Lisa and Farrell it was hard to let them go.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 22 Oct. 2012
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Imagine waking up, and not knowing where you are. In fact you probably don't have to imagine it. You've probably done it haven't you. Woken up and not remembered what city, or even country you are in. It's disconcerting isn't it?

OK, so you wake up and you can't see. That makes it slightly more of a worry doesn't it? Oh, and you have a needle in your arm, and a catheter in... well, you know where catheters go. And you are in a bed. A hospital bed. And you have no idea why you're there, or even where there is. Now you're into scary territory.
Farrell is a photographer. The last thing he remembers is fighting with his model girlfriend. Lisa is a plastic surgery addict, and is constantly attempting to get the perfect face. Both of their paths have led them to the filthy, New Hope Hospital - or No Hope as it is known. And something very odd is going on. Needle marks on the inside of arms, decidedly dodgy nurses doing decidedly dodgy things with drips and medication. And where is Farrell's iPhone? And why can't he contact anyone? And why, when they try to leave, do they get hunted down by the security staff? And what are the photos on the bedside cabinet all about? What is the Modification Ward, and what is the real cost of the treatment?

S.L. Grey is a South African author alliance of Sarah Lotz and Louis Greenberg. One a crime writer, and co-author of Zombie books, and the other a fiction author and editor. Together they have written a masterpiece. Because so much is familiar, yet ever so slightly twisted it really drags you into the story. Story? No, the nightmare. The Ward is a very well written book. Atmospheric, spine tingling and quite, quite creepy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DaisyDaisy VINE VOICE on 12 Feb. 2013
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I read the Mall and really enjoyed the original story. If I had read this one first I would be saying that about this one. There are elements from The Mall that make it in to The Ward, which is not necessarily a bad thing, it's just less special as it has been done before. (I don't want to give anything away!)

Like The Mall, I would be very interested in seeing this turned into a film. I think it would be superb!

I still give this one five stars as it is a very good read! The setting is excellent; I could picture it vividly. I found myself caring about what happened to the main characters and being freaked out by the hospital staff. The story moves along very well and I did rush back to finish the story!
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This is one of my favorite series so I run long. I couldn't help myself, there was so much I wanted to pack in.

It is both the beauty and curse of the horror genre that it can take so many forms. Shirley Jackson's The Lottery is horror and taught (in my day) in high school English classes. It also might be my first twist ending. Henry James' The Turn of the Screw is the ghost story kind of horror. Literary horror, but horror nonetheless. It also gave us the "creepy kid"* theme which has become a horror trope. At the other end of the horror spectrum is a book I recently reviewed, Roger Smith's (writing as Max Wilde) Vile Blood, an exploration of evil and heavy on gore.

I'm going to use the terms upside and downside in this review. Upside is our world. Downside is the shadow world.

The Ward follows the authors' first book, The Mall. The Ward is set in a poor public hospital in Johannesburg and not long after the events of The Mall. There are several small crossovers between the two books and I recommend reading The Mall first. It takes place in that ubiquitous temple of communal worship dedicated to all things commercial, the urban mall. What they do with it is both humorous and horrifying.

The story is told from alternating first person, male and a female viewpoints. Josh Farrell is a pretentious, self-absorbed fashion photographer. Lisa Cassavetes suffers from a severe case of body dysmorphic disorder.

Josh returns to consciousness after two days, blind, in New Hope hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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