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Cannibal Cult

Novel by Guy N Smith (England) 1982.

On holiday in Switzerland, where he is recovering from pneumonia, Mark Sabat is persuaded by a beautiful young French girl, Madeleine Gaufridi, into helping her escape the overprotective clutches of her family. But soon Sabat discovers that she is not all she seems, and is in reality the reincarnation of an evil 17th century witch who wants his brother Quentin (who shares Mark's body) to help in reincarnating her master, the recently guillotined French mass murderer, Louis Nevillon.

This all sounds immensely complicated, but in reality it's not far removed from the other Sabat novels, of which this is the third of four, the first being The Graveyard Vultures (1982). With sex (his Achilles heel) yet again causing his temporary downfall, Mark Sabat has to stop another evil reincarnation, and again fight not only with external forces but also with Quentin's soul trying to take the dominant role in his body. Actually this is much more of a Quentin Sabat novel than a Mark Sabat one, as Quentin takes control of his brother's body for fully half the book, losing that control only to an ancient witchfinder called Pierre de Lancre. From my youth, I remembered this book as one of Guy Smith's worst; but in re-reading I find it merely average. What sets it slightly above some of his output are some particularly nasty scenes: cooking people alive for food is never a topic to talk about in polite conversation, but a group of cannibals cooking their leader alive whilst having an orgy in front of the oven door does take some beating. Not one of his best, not one of his worst, this one's just another Guy Smith novel.


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