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Product details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Pan Books; New edition edition (1 July 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330376128
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330376129
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 3.3 x 17.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,210,830 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A book that starts in Hell has got to be expertly paced, and no-one has ever accused British King of Horror James Herbert of lacking any of those skills. Hardly has a damned soul agreed to an angelic offer he cannot refuse than Nicholas Dismas is limping down the mean streets of contemporary Brighton searching for a child who may not even exist. Nicholas has only one eye and is short, lame and hunchbacked; he finds himself living daily with the hatred a society obsessed with normality dishes out to those who cannot conform. This is a book about exploitation and prejudice which touches some raw nerves; it makes you think as well as making you shudder. Dismas--who feels sorry for himself but not too much of the time--is one of the more three-dimensional characters in Herbert's work, and his love for the tiny and beautiful Constance is genuinely touching while not entirely avoiding sentimentality. There is horror of a classic visceral kind here--one of Dismas's colleagues dies in a peculiarly vile fashion--and a nursing home turns out to contain a real heart of darkness, but the real horror is the shabby ways in which people treat each other. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"As always, Herbert's writing is compelling, and his characters...vivid and complex."--"Library Journal" "The king of British horror...An admirable balance between terror of the supernatural and the darkness of the human heart."--"Publishers Weekly"

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