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Hellborn

Novel by Gary Brandner (USA) 1981.

Diana Cross stops her car to avoid hitting a figure on the lonely mountain road, but a truck hits her from behind and shoves her off the cliff. Trying to recover, she takes her son to a small beach town for the summer. She gets involved with a small circle of women who enjoy all sorts of activities, which is all jolly fun until they decide to raise a demon. Astragoth is a particularly nasty demon, the same one that Diana avoided on the mountain road, and his only wish is to reclaim his true bride, denied him centuries before, and now living under the name of Diana Cross.

This is a surprisingly good book for what is really a very tacky and cliched idea. The characterisation that let the author down on his previous offering, Walkers aka Death Walkers, is back to his usual standards and the book is much better for it. By this one, Brandner is starting to develop his own unique style and it's a good one. One minor gripe though: even in America, there must be some women who aren't divorced, but you'd have a job believing it reading Gary Brandner.


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