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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Mark Morris' best and darkest horror novels to date.
Back in 1991 the author Mark Morris released his forth novel ‘Stitch’ through Piatkus Books (his first two novels were released under the pseudo name J. M. Morris; ‘Fiddleback’ & ‘The Lonely Places’). Drawing upon his dark imagination, Morris’ novel ‘Stitch’ delivers a nasty tale of a bizarre magical force that...
Published on 22 Feb. 2006 by Chris Hall

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3.0 out of 5 stars Bloated but Scary
A good read that keeps you pinned to the page. So what that you never actually know about the origin of Peregrine Stitch? Horror has to blur the edges a bit.

There is some padding - the wtory of Howard is only connected to the rest in the most distant way. Too much, to me, disgusting detail is given to Mally's childhood trauma. Also, Morris cheats a bit in...
Published on 19 Aug. 2009 by Mick


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5.0 out of 5 stars One of Mark Morris' best and darkest horror novels to date., 22 Feb. 2006
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Chris Hall "DLS Reviews" (Cardiff, Wales) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Stitch (Hardcover)
Back in 1991 the author Mark Morris released his forth novel ‘Stitch’ through Piatkus Books (his first two novels were released under the pseudo name J. M. Morris; ‘Fiddleback’ & ‘The Lonely Places’). Drawing upon his dark imagination, Morris’ novel ‘Stitch’ delivers a nasty tale of a bizarre magical force that empowers its victims that become part of it’s cult. From the start of the novel, Morris weaves a graphic and at time disturbing tale that keeps a fast pace throughout. From the outset, the reader explores the lives of various characters who’s stories will all eventually all come together to create this harrowing adventure into the depraved world of this powerful force.
The novel is well written, with scenes that will feed your imagination with the horrific nature that is described in great detail. Morris has managed to encapsulate the mental torment and the desperate atmosphere that the individuals undergo within the novel. Based predominantly within the student halls of residence for the first years studying at a university, the book dwells on the uncertainty and nervous feelings that surround the characters.
As the novel builds towards the dramatic climax, Morris’ imagination delivers vivid and bizarre turn of events, that make up this creepy tale. Shocking in places, the book is not for the faint hearted or easily offended, but will be enjoyed by fans of the modern horror genre. If you like Clive Barker’s early horror work, then you’ll love this book. Highly recommended! The book runs for a total of 423 pages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars THE PUBLISHERS REVIEW [From The Dust Jacket Flaps], 24 May 2009
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R. A. Hylton "liverpoolbooqshop" (Liverpool, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Stitch (Hardcover)
FOR YOUR CONVENIENCE, I HAVE PROVIDED A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE BOOK, AND THIS IS WHAT THE DUST JACKET [the 'blurb'] STATES :

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Autumn term at Maybury University and as the nights draw in so does an atmosphere of menace. Dan Latcher, a previously quiet and withdrawn student, blossoms overnight into the forceful illusuion-working leader of a charismatic student movement, The Crack - an organisation with the power to shape and alter its followers' personalities, pushing them on to mindless heights of pleasure and pain.

When hitherto bright, vivacious fresher Stephanie Peele becomes one of his converts, her worried room-mate Annie enlists the support of fellow student Ian. While the campus is further beset by an unknown knife-wielding psychopath, Annie and Ian pit their strength against the forces of evil as personified by Latcher and his infinitely more potent puppet master, Peregrine Stitch, voraciously sucking in new converts body and soul...

Mark Morris is one of the brightest new talents in the horror genre. He has written one previous novel, 'TOADY'.

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Mark Morris was born in the mining town of Bolsover in 1963, and then spent his childhood in Tewkesbury, Hong Kong, Newark and Huddersfield. He moved to Leeds in 1981 where he now lives with his wife, Nel. In August 1988 he became a full-time writer on the Enterprise Allowance Scheme and just over a year later saw the release of his first novel, 'TOADY'. Mark's short fiction, articles and reviews have sold to a number of anthologies and magazines including 'Final Shadows', 'Dark Voices 3', 'Darklands', 'Fear', 'Interzone', 'Skeleton Crew', 'The Dark Side' and 'Critical Wave'. Mark also writes a regular horror column for the popular fiction magazine, 'Million'. 'STITCH' is his second novel.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A little clarification..., 6 Aug. 2007
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G. Adams (Spain) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Stitch (Paperback)
I trust the previous reviewer will forgive me if this seems atrociously nit-picking but this is Mark's second novel (after the equally wonderful Toady'). 'Fiddleback' and 'The Lonely Places' are one and the same book with the latter being an edited version of the former for the US market, save your pennies and buy Fiddleback! I mention it only to save wasted purchases.

The book is indeed excellent and while I concede there are some strong scenes of horror it is the author's strength that these never seem gratuitous, rather unnerving additions to literate whole.

Stitch has just been reissued by Humdrumming - as has Toady - with bonus material and a nice new cover.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Bloated but Scary, 19 Aug. 2009
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Mick "Shermanator" (Geneva, Switzerland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Stitch (Hardcover)
A good read that keeps you pinned to the page. So what that you never actually know about the origin of Peregrine Stitch? Horror has to blur the edges a bit.

There is some padding - the wtory of Howard is only connected to the rest in the most distant way. Too much, to me, disgusting detail is given to Mally's childhood trauma. Also, Morris cheats a bit in disguising his name in his adult appearances.

Annie and Heather's female power is a bit ridiculous.

But overall, the real deal.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Rushed ending, 11 July 2009
This review is from: Stitch (Hardcover)
I enjoyed reading this book, the story itself was very satisfying but the ending just made the whole thing rather pointless. It seemed rushed, it was not explained in the same detail as the rest of the book and was just extremely dissapointing. There was no motive no explination of the ellusive Mr stitch, nor of why Annie actually played such a large part.
Just ruined the entire book for me.
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