When the horror stories she loves so much begin to come to life all around her, Joanne sets out to uncover the connection between reality and fiction. By the author of He Came From the Shadows.
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Grade 7-12-- This contemporary horror novel does not rival other current favorites, but the quality of the writing and the intriguing focus on the power of the imagination will find favor with many discerning readers. Joanne, the bewildered protagonist, must contend not only with her ex-boyfriend Billy, but also with monstrous creatures terrorizing her small town. By coincidence (she thinks), the beasts resemble those in stories by reclusive author Martin Wisemann. This coincidence seems more eerie, and less likely, when Joanne meets the man in a local book shop. Shortly thereafter, Billy is killed under mysterious circumstances. The plot moves along fairly quickly, with Joanne's encounters with various monsters alternating with her efforts to contact the writer. At long last, she meets him again and he reveals that between them they have brought the monsters to life: he by creating them and she by believing in them. Wisemann then proposes a novel solution: he will write a "final chapter" that Joanne will act out and together they will destroy the menace. Westwood's skill is such that readers will find this a plausible solution. They will also, along with the heroine, be surprised at the final outcome. Minor characters, like Joanne's siblings and her best friend, are clearly, if sketchily, drawn, but the focus is definitely upon the action and the mysterious creatures. Genre fans will enjoy the creepy story, while those looking for a thoughtful exploration of the nature of horror will also be satisfied. --Lisa Dennis, The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers , [New York], 1993. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. First Edition Thus. [New York]: HarperCollins Publishers . Fine in Near Fine dust jacket. 1993. First Edition Thus. Hardcover. 0060224622 . First US edition. "Summary: Having immersed hersel fin the books of horror writer Martin Wisemann, Joanne is shocked when the hideous monsters in the pages come to life and begin haunting her days and nights". 218 pages. Fine copy in otherwise Fine Dust Wrapper with creasing to the front flap. . Bookseller Inventory # 20024