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Incubus Paperback – 31 Dec 1988

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Product details

  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Sphere Books (31 Dec. 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0722175604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0722175606
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 10.4 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 316,826 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having originally read this many, many years ago, I was recently fortunate enough to acquire a second hand copy for £1. A bargain.

I remembered it as being a truly creepy and horrific read, which is full of sizable monsters (check the title, you'll work it out!). I was not wrong!
Strangely, most of Ray Russell's books now appear to be out of print, which is A:a travesty for horror fans everywhere. and B:a serious error on the part of whichever body retains the copyright.

Some of his work may now seem tame when compared to the more modern trend of schlock horror. But take it from me, Ray Russell was a ground-breaker for his time.
With such an outstanding back-catalog - which includes Incubus, The Case Against Satan, Unholy Trinity, Haunted Castles, Sardonicus, - this is a writer who is up there with Matheson, Bloch, Campbell and the best of them.

I was going to end by suggesting that you might want to do yourselves a favor, and go hunting around for some old copies of Russell's works.
Instead, I have a modicum of good news!

Penguin Horror have just released a new and updated edition of Haunted Castles, which is the first in a six-volume series of classic horror stories, edited by Guillermo del Toro, and now available on Amazon!
Haunted Castles(1) is dedicated to the works of Ray Russell. So do yourselves a favor and trust me, this is one for the Christmas wish-list!
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This book is one of my alltime faves,i first had it in the early 80s then i lost it and i have looked&looked for years and then i saw it on amazon by luck and i snapped it up and it turned up 2 days later i felt like newcastle had won the premier league.
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Galen is an ordinary, peaceful small town. Until horrendous terror strikes … and strikes again and again, each time claiming a female victim in a fashion too hideous to contemplate. Julian Trask, student of the occult, is used to thinking the unthinkable. As he works towards the solution of the soul-searing mystery, Galen trembles in mortal dread. For no woman is safe from the lethal lust of THE INCUBUS. This is unashamedly pulp and all the more fun for it. Ray Russell is a genre writer with a great pedigree (amongst many other things, he wrote the screenplay for “X: The Man With the X-Ray Eyes”) and this novel (first published in 1976) works a treat so long as you enjoy it for what it is, a quick and cheesy novel (though curiously coy when dealing with sex, which is ironic considering the subject matter). Characterisation is brisk - Trask, English, handsome and Porsche driving, is drawn back to the town where he once taught briefly; Laura Kincaid was a student he fancied back then, now she edits the paper he subscribes to, which is where he found out about the killings; Dr ‘Doc’ Jenkins is the town physician (I couldn’t tell how old he was supposed to be) who’s well respected and good at his job, even if his alcohol intake is prodigious (and he & Trask make for a fun double-act) and Hank Walden is the town Sheriff, a man at his wits end trying to figure out what’s going on. There’s a big supporting cast too, with plenty of “it could be him” characters and the attack set pieces are well enough constructed that it could be anyone who turns into the monster - and what a monster the Incubus is, never really seen clearly but identifiable from his extremely large penis (which is what kills his victims - he wants to mate and rapes them to death).Read more ›
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If only publishers would take a look at books like Incubus and realise that some of us want more than this dark 'fantasy' and other tripe. Great little book if you can get it.
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