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The Holy Terror : A Novel

Sallee, Wayne Allen

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ISBN 10: 092948066X / ISBN 13: 9780929480664
Published by Mark V. Ziesing, U.S.A., 1992
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Deluxe slipcased edition is limited to 250 copies of which this is number 46. Signed by Wayne Allen Sallee. A fine copy. Size: 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 22593

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Title: The Holy Terror : A Novel

Publisher: Mark V. Ziesing, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed

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Serial killer Frank Haid, dubbed the Painkiller by Chicago police and media, murders eighteen people—all paralytics. Commanded by an unseen presence that he calls ''Father'' and that speaks in the voice of an uncle whose rotting corpse he keeps in the living room, Haid destroys his victims (what's left of them) and evidence in a way that puzzles police. Hardest hit are residents of Marclinn, a home for the handicapped, where survivors decide they must track down the madman themselves. Their efforts bring them into contact with Chicago's weird underworld—including junkie/murderers and a deformed prostitute whose head grows out her chest—and their own true selves. Crippled physically and emotionally, Marclinn inhabitants must overcome their limitations before taking on their nemesis. Their unlikely front man is Evan Shustak, who is the novel's centerpiece. About a hundred pages into the novel, he dons his superhero outfit—wrist braces, a "utility belt" from which hang bags of vitamins and aspirin, and a plaid heating pad for a cape—then announces: "Crippled and insane, I am the American Dream!" Praise for The Holy Terror: "Sallee's characters in The Holy Terror are like nothing we've seen since Flannery O'Conner sent Hazel Motes into the big city in her seminal novel Wise Blood. Like O'Conner, Sallee has the talent to make his repulsive denizens of the street readable with an absurd sense of humor. Of course, he also has the talent to make them extremely terrifying, and in the first part of the novel, he spends a good deal of time doing just that. Still, Francis Haid is one of the most sympathetic serial killers we've seen since Hannibal Lecter, but not because he's witty. Sallee has created an unusual supernatural power, one that the reader will not forget, one that might make Haid as much of a savior as a murderer." —Rick Kleffel, Agony Column Reviews

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Wayne Allen Sallee’s work ranges from an interview with serial killer John Wayne Gacy to a concordance for the ABC show LOST (BenBella Books). His fiction has appeared in 175 anthologies and been reprinted in at least six languages. Sallee’s stories, five of them finalists for the Bram Stoker award, are collected in WITH WOUNDS STILL WET (Silver Salamander) and FIENDS BY TORCHLIGHT (Annihilation Press). With a letterhead that read “I will Flatline Before I Go Online!”, Sallee held on to his Galaxie Twelve typewriter and banged out a memoir of Ed McBain as everyone else discovered what a Pentium Chip could do. In October of 1997, he bought a cobbled together computer from a guy named Bulldog and signed up with AOL. The manual typewriter was tossed into the South Branch of the Chicago River, before Sallee realized that computers could break down with regularity. Currently, he is co-writing a comic series for younger readers, SECRET IDENTITIES, with Michael Fountain, to be published by Kalyani Navyug Publications in New Delhi, India.

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