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The Unseen

Novel by Guy N Smith (England) 1990.

When Ed Cain lies at the edge of death on a life-support machine, after being almost crushed by the barrel of a cement truck, his soul leaves his body. And when it returns, Cain unfortunately finds himself sharing his body with the soul of a psychopath named Blake Barrett. Cain seemingly makes a full recovery, but occasionally he loses complete control, letting Barrett take over to rape and murder whosoever takes his fancy, eventually including robbing Cain's own bank.

A good example of many of Guy Smith's novels of the late '80s and early '90s where he tones down, but certainly doesn't dispose of, the gratuitous sex and gore, and concentrates more on the pychological aspects of the horror genre, resulting in a more subdued type of novel to his usual stereotypical bloodfeasts. It's also similar to such other novels in that it is good but not startling by any stretch of the imagination. A nice concept though and adroitly dealt with for a pulp novel of this length.


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