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The Unholy

Novel by John Halkin 1982.

French research student Pierre Sabattier discovers the long-lost forearm of St Johann, a priceless Christian relic. Unfortunately for him, the arm comes to life and has little difficulty in finding its first victim. It rips off Pierre's arm and grafts itself onto the remaining stump. Thus it rampages around Paris through a strip show, a bus full of peace demonstrators and a black magic ceremony designed to stop it forever. Only Mark Freeman, young Euro MP, knows enough of its background to do anything about it.

John Halkin, noted chiefly for his various creature bloodfeasts - worms, caterpillars, more worms - adds a slight twist and pulls it off ('scuse the puns). The literary talent of many of the writers of splatter fiction is ignored completely, yet is often decent if not substantial. Guy Smith acquired it pretty early on in his career after a few illiterate (but fun) tries, Shaun Hutson lost it for a while and John Halkin has it as well. You won't be disappointed with The Unholy, just don't expect anything too similar to his other books.


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