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Creepy Occult Thriller
on 7 September 2009
Bob sometimes turns up unexpectedly in Nathan's life over the years, right from when he was sharing a room in a run-down house full of ex-rock guitarists, bikers and doleys. The first time they met Bob was doing `research' on occult phenomena and Nathan wasn't much impressed. Four years later Nathan works for a snide and bullying disc-jockey who has a right-wing late-night phone-in radio show and Bob turns up at a Christmas party in the DJ's country mansion - and that's the night when all Nathan's troubles begin. Nathan's fed up with his girlfriend who's dancing groin to groin with the DJ, but then he meets up with the beautiful, half-smashed Elise and they somehow end up being driven off together in Bob's car. They have awkward sex while Bob looks on. Elise seems up for anything and doesn't protest when Nathan climbs out and Bob gets in. But something goes wrong and Elise is suddenly dead. Bob says she must have had something wrong with her - she's had some kind of fit. They drive into the undergrowth and Bob and Nathan bury the dead girl in a shallow grave.
Nathan's nightmares begin. Suddenly afraid of the dark and spooked by Bob's occult interests, it is some time before he is able to live a normal life. But fate intervenes and Nathan finds himself deeply attracted to Elise's sister.
Thrillingly compulsive, this story has more to offer than mere twists and turns for there is a disturbing aura of creeping unease as events unfurl and Bob and Nathan find themselves entwined ever deeper in a mire of their own devising. You may not like it, but you won't be able to resist turning the next page. Counter to all one's expectations, the ending is somehow deeply satisfying.