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Book Title: Ghost Train|
The author of the book: Stephen Laws
ISBN 13: 9780825303159
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 26.32 MB
Edition: Beaufort Books
Date of issue: August 28th 1985
Read full description of the books:Stephen Laws is one of the best writers to ever grace the horror genre. I have yet to read a bad book from him, and seeing as this is the only book of his I hadn't read, I doubt I ever will read a bad Laws book.
Finishing this one was bittersweet. As I said above, I saved this book for last. Not for any special reason, but because it was the last one I got my hands on. I finally came across a paperback copy a few months back and put off reading it for one reason or another. Then my monthly buddy read with Thomas Strömquist came around and I was able to kill two birds with one book, as it were, by satiating the completionist in me while introducing my good friend to one of my favorite authors.
Ghost Train isn't the best Stephen Laws book, but it's still damn good. Again, Laws proves he can write engaging horror fiction with above-average prose. If I had to compare his writing to another genre author, I couldn't. I don't know of anyone else who writes quite like him. Some horror authors do action well, while others are good at atmosphere. Rarely do you come across one who can do both. Laws, however, is one of those authors who can nail both. Ghost Train is a perfect example of that, especially in Part One, Chapter Eight, and Part Two, Chapter Eight. Both are completely different scenes, but each one showcases Laws' talents.
I have two small complaints with this one, two reasons why I couldn't give it a perfect score.
1. An exorbitant amount of people faint in this book. Seems Laws used fainting as a plot device any time he had to deal with a character he didn't want to kill but needed to remove from a situation. Either that, or he used people fainting as scene transitions. It became rather silly after a while.
2. I dislike books that use Christianity as this all powerful force that can defeat all evils even when it doesn't make any sense for Christianity to have any power over the evil in the book. It's a cheat that's used all too often in books from this era. Have you written yourself into a corner? No worries! They can pray the monsters away!
In summation: Ghost Train is an above-average bit of 80s horror. If you haven't read Laws, no reason not to start here, but I prefer The Wyrm and Darkfall over this one. Wherever you start, you're sure to have a great time with this highly underrated author.
Final Judgment: Starring Prayer as the Swiss Army knife of horror fiction.
Read information about the authorStephen Laws is a full-time novelist, born in Newcastle upon Tyne. Married, with three children, he lives and works in his birthplace. The author of 11 novels, numerous short stories, (collected in THE MIDNIGHT MAN) columnist, reviewer, film-festival interviewer, pianist and recipient of a number of awards, Stephen Laws recently wrote and starred in the short horror movie THE SECRET.
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