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Chainsaw Terror

Novel by Nick Blake (England) 1984.

In Shaun Hutson's worst novel, a man becomes an unsuspecting witness to his father murdering his mother, then turning the weapon on his own throat. In future years, he becomes increasingly infatuated with and possessive of his sister, the only remaining member of the household. When she informs him that she is going to leave to live with her boyfriend, he naturally goes berserk, murders her and keeps her decapitated head on the pillow next to him at night. He then lures prostitutes back to the house where he duly dismembers them with a chainsaw. A journalist and his prostitute girlfriend discover his antics and try their utmost to prevent any more deaths.

The plot does sound slightly familiar, doesn't it? Hutson has never been accused, even by his die-hard fans, of being startlingly original (his talents lie elsewhere), but this is even less original than usual. Maybe that's why he didn't put his real name on it. The story goes that he was asked by the Star imprint of W H Allen to go over the top (which he naturally did) only for Star to then refuse to release the novel without a large amount of cuts. A samizdat copy of the uncut manuscript is apparently in circulation, complete with a girl being nailed to a bench and raped with a chainsaw. Subtle. Basically Psycho with a chainsaw; if you can put a thin line between Hutson viscera and Guy Smith gore, then he covers this side of it better than anybody else, but alas, this is far from being one of his best. Recommended for Hutson fanatics only. Later reissued as Come the Night, a pretty pointless move when the best thing about the original was its tacky title.


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