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Valley of Lights (A Novel of Ultimate Horror) Paperback – 1 Jul 1987

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd/New English Library; New Edition edition (1 July 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0450422682
  • ISBN-13: 978-0450422683
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.9 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,436,871 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First published back in 1987, `Valley of Lights' was Gallagher's eighth full length novel to be published.

This murder mystery meets sci-fi horror tale draws heavily from Jack Sholder's film of the same year titled `The Hidden'.

Written predominantly from the first person point of view of Sergeant Alex Volchak, the tale quickly takes on the mysterious storyline of unconnected members of the public being found in comatose states around Phoenix, Arizona (hence the novel's title).

The reader follows Sgt Volchak's job of uncovering the true reason for what is happening to these individuals and how it is connected to a spree of grisly murders that are sprouting up around the city.

Gallagher delivers an atmospheric and tension laced tale, that builds up in pace throughout. The plot carefully intertwines the personal sub-plots and relationship Volchak has with his next door neighbour, bringing together an intense story and character rich read.

With a storyline that unfolds to reveal a somewhat paranormal reality, Volchak is faced with the dilemma of trying to bring these horrifying murders to an end on his own, otherwise the possibility of him being classed as insane would be the more likely outcome.

Taking on a not entirely original plot, the novel still remains an enjoyable read throughout, with a well written approach that delivers a dark atmospheric scenario and a haunting feeling of loneliness.

Not a particularly long novel, `Valley of Lights' lasts for a mere 191 pages in total.
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British author Stephen Gallagher attempts to transform himself into a Koontz-alike American paperback writer with this tale of a body-hopping serial killer that evokes memories of "The Hidden" without being anywhere near as good as that eighties chunz classic. A lot of work has clearly gone into getting the American setting (mostly) right, but the layering-on of sub-Stephen King incidental detail seems to have left Gallagher with nothing in the tank to power up the plot. And the characters are drawn strictly from stock: The Cop With A Past; The Single Mom With A Kid Who Needs A Dad, etc. Overall, a good idea done scant justice by its deadeningly generic execution.
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This is one of the best novels I've ever read, and one I re-read every year or so.
These days super natural police procedurals are very common, but when this came out is was very fresh and exciting. The characters are believable and the story gripping. HIGHLY recommended!
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