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Novel by James Moffatt (Canada) 1970.

The film industry has done it many times, the world of books not so often. We're talking here about the occult creeping into Hollywood and causing a bit of a stir. In The Naked Light, we have a couple from Beverly Hills, the actress Chloe Young and her producer husband Americo Batelli, who like nothing more than an orgy coupled with a Satanic mass. Unfortunately the Mafia killer who is after one of their guests hides his tracks by massacring everybody at the most embarrassing moment. Hollywood immediately takes a holiday and the public are horrified. Mermaid Films, especially, are panicking because they have a couple of unreleased Batelli films featuring Chloe, which are not likely to gross dollar one. It falls to publicist Lucy Christian to delve into the story and find some way of putting the couple into a better light.

Written with far more detail than Moffatt's pseudonymous work as 'Etienne Aubin', and with a commendable gritty edge, The Naked Light nevertheless disappoints. Whilst it may have been over the top in 1970, to the jaded palate of 1990s horror readers it is pretty tame. And there is little in the way of ending, Moffatt builds and builds but never quite puts the roof on the thing and gives us a decent finale. This would have been a great opportunity to exploit the freedom of literature and outdo Hollywood by going over the top in the way that films are not allowed to do, but Moffatt merely turns in an average sort of sleaze. It should have been so much more.


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