By Graham Masterton
Williams' wife has left him and moved to Durham with Raymond the
bearded fart, leaving David with their young son Danny. After the
break-up David goes to pieces a little—wouldn't anyone if their wife
ran off with a bearded fart? And his interior design business quickly
follows his marriage down the drain.
Then David gets
offered a job fixing up an old house on the Isle of White. When he and
Danny move into the house, though, David finds that there is a lot more
than just a few burst radiators and some dry rot to contend with. There
are unusual scratching noises in the walls and something very
strange indeed up in the attic—something that sounds far too big to be
just a rat. Then there are the white faces that appear at the window,
the man in the tall black hat, and a girl with worms in her hair.
Perhaps it is safe to say that there are some things at Fortyfoot house
that David might never be able to fix.
is 352 pages long and is a haunted house tale with a difference—there
is a little more behind the things that go bump (or scratch) in the
night than just a common-all-garden ghost or two. Time travel comes
into the story, as do a few creatures that H. P. Lovercraft would have
been proud to call his own. There is also a witch with a cockney
accent and a terrible thirst for evil. Prey
has a little bit of everything and little bit for everyone; it's
not all about evil beings and an evil house though. It is also the
story of a man learning to move on with his life after the break-up of
his relationship, and about his love for his son. A little romance is
added into the mix in the form of a girl called Liz, a would-be
squatter who becomes David and Danny's house guest, and just happens to
cook a mean chilli as well.
I loved reading Prey. In fact, I have read it twice now and it was just as good the second time around. Prey
is one of my all time favourite horror novels. The characters are
believable and one of them—Brown Jenkin— is easily one of the scariest
creatures that I have ever encountered on the printed page. From
beginning to end this is a great book and I can wholeheartedly
recommend it to anyone who enjoys a book that provides the reader with
an escalating amount of goose bumps with each turn of the page. Great
stuff! Love it!
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