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Manitou Doll

Novel by Guy N Smith (England) 1981.

Before Funland and AdventureLand there was Jacob Shaefer's funfair in Manitou Doll. Roy and Liz Catlin take a week's holiday to visit, and their young deaf daughter Rowena forms an unlikely bond with Jane, the fair's Red Indian fortune teller. Jane also does plenty of carving for the fair, fashioning the Punch and Judy dolls and the horses on the rides. She realises that evil forces are mounting and that something terrible is about to happen, but she fails to understand that it is through her and her carvings that her grandmother's curse on the white people will be fulfilled.

Guy Smith is known worldwide as a horror writer working frequently in the 'nasty' vein, often with his patented 'revenge of nature' story. He has also written in many other genres, but suprisingly it is the western that has always held his heart. After many short stories at an early age, his first full-length western was 1997's The Pony Riders, dealing with the era of the Pony Express. But he shows an early interest here with a 'Cowboys and Indians' prologue, which holds together as well as his tried and tested horror that fills the rest of the book. Another dark read following the pessimistic Doomflight, this is another worthy if predictable read from the prolific pen of Guy Smith.


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