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The town of Black Stone Bay seems almost perfect, with its high cliffs, black sand beaches, and peaceful atmosphere-until the arrival of Jason Soulis. Soon the tranquility of the town gives way to a series of brutal murders by the unlikeliest of perpetrators, and nights in Black Stone Bay become filled with unholy terror. The latest novel by the author of Under the Overtree brings his considerable storytelling talent to bear in this chillingly gory tale. Moore's pacing is on target, his characters varied, and his prose direct and powerful. Not for the prim or squeamish, this title is a good choice for mature horror readers. [Earthling Publications is winner of the Horror Writers Association's Specialty Press Award.-Ed.] Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Set in fictional Black Stone Bay, R.I., Moore's contemporary vampire novel offers plenty of traditional horror chills leavened with flashes of humor. The affluent community descends into turmoil after Jason Soulis, a cryptic and distinguished older gentleman, arrives in town before Halloween. Soulis recruits a college student to moonlight as a call girl and seduce all the Black Stone Bay clergy as part of an effort to create a crisis of faith. People begin vanishing and their loved ones find themselves confronted with ghostly versions of family members. Madness spreads like the plague, leaving the local police officers scrambling to respond. Moore (Writ in Blood) doesn't feel bound by the classic attributes of vampires familiar to Bram Stoker's readers, but his variations aren't especially interesting and his failure to give Soulis much of a backstory or motivation lessens the overall impact. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

"James Moore may be one of the best kept secrets in horror fiction."
"Stands toe-to-toe with the best of King, Koontz, and McCammon."

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