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Classic British horror format
on 29 April 2008
Stephen Laws' "Spectre" is so reminiscent of another British horror writer - Graham Masterton - that it's...well, spooky. It seems to me that there is a particular style that British horror authors tend to go for: that is, fast-paced plots, down-to-earth characters, and primordial monsters once banished from the world and seeking their way back in order to obtain world domination. Spectre has all of those things, and it does them all as well as Masterton ever did. Laws is a top-class writer of suspense and exciting horror, and I am really surprised that he isn't more popular. All of his books are now out-of-print, which is a shame because I have been unable to get hold of most of them.
I can't say that Laws - or this type of horror in general - is particularly scary, but what it lacks in chills it makes up for in thrills. Although I have to say, there was one quite frightening scene in this book involving a ventriloquist's dummy that brought back some childhood fears for me.
Overall, though, top-notch entertainment if you are a horror or dark fantasy fan. If you can get hold of anything by Laws - probably second-hand - I'd say he's well worth the read.