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Release Date: July, 1992
Publisher: Harpercollins (Mm)
Summer in San Francisco. A killer is on the loose. Twelve victims so far. Men, women, children. All ritually disfigured. Scrawled in each victim's blood, a single word: Morningstar. The citizenry is terrified. The police are powerless. And two innocent people suddenly find their lives swept up in a maelstrom of madness and murder. Shelley Masterton -- her dreams invaded by a dead friend, one of the killer's victims -- becomes an unwitting recruit in a plan for revenge from beyond the grave. And Donovon Moon, freelance journalist, receives a phone call offering the scoop of a lifetime -- Morningstar is on the line and wants to talk. Inexorably drawn into a nightmare of death, destiny and unholy power -- the roots of which go far deeper than the recent string of killings -- Donovan and Shelley must find the truth amidst a whirlwind of terror, mayhem, and dark desire. Before it finds them...
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Peter Atkins, the author of such favorite popular horror features as Hellraiser II, III, and The Wishmaster, demonstrates here why he was chosen to co-write with undisputed modern horror master Clive Barker. A serial killer is loose in San Francisco. Ritually dismembering men, women, and children alike, the public is terrified and the police have no leads. The murders are all linked by bizzare mutilations and one word written in blood at the scene of all of the killings- Morningstar. Peter Atkins skillfully weaves a tale of grisly facination and edge of your seat suspense. This novel is brilliantly written, breaking conventional horror stereotypes with ease as it lures the reader further into the tale. Each page becomes a tangle of understanding, shifting the idea of who the victim actually is, and eventually leaving it all to the reader to decide. This novel has been out of print for a number of years, and has only recently been brought back to us through the efforts of Stealth Press. (www.stealthpress.com) This beautiful hardcover came highly recommended and left me dazzled with the brilliance of it's writing and the twists of plot that I couldn't put down. In a genre that's easy to get bored with as the stories begin to look vaguely the same, this novel will remind you why you started reading these stories in the first place.
Serial Killer vs Vampires
Posted by Joshua Koppel on 12/2/2003
A serial killer is stalking the city and leaving viciously mutilated bodies. One desperate reporter is dragged into the story and reports what he is told.
The killer has struck far more than the dozen times currently believed. Far more. But these recent killings are a warning and that is why he signed them with the name Morningstar.
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A very nicely told tale. Certainly not what I was expecting from the blurb on the back. I was expecting cheap escapism and found an intelligently written story that examined reality and our perceptions. Far better than the packaging would lead one to believe.
Posted by Jasamine on 10/12/2000
When my boyfriend recommended this book to me, I figured it would be another bllod and gore novel. I have locked nyself into the world of Donavon Moon. I cant concentratte on anything else. I never sparked any interest in well-detailed book, but the metaphores and similies are to the right anount as to were you can visualize their world, but you don't lose the storyline. If you want a more "advanced" horror novel, I recommend this.
Posted by mellion108 on 9/1/2002
Atkins originally wrote a novella called Vampires of Summer that later became Morningstar. Atkins may have given us those Hellraiser sequels, but Morningstar introduced me to his fiction writing. I now know why this author is so well respected. Morningstar combines the best elements of horror, dark fantasy, sci fi, and drama with the creepiness of a great vampire/sociopath/ghost story. Get the picture? It is, indeed, a bit more complicated than the description on the dust jacket.
Donovan Moon, freelance journalist, can't resist a fantastic scoop when he is called on by Morningstar to write the vicious killer's story. Morningstar has been a busy vampire slayer, but is he the only one who "sees" that his victims are vampires? He chooses to slaughter these vamps in the most unsavory of ways, and we learn more about him as he dictates his story to Moon. Shelley Masterton (is this name a coincedence? I think not) is the young woman whose friend is slaughtered during a Morningstar spree, and she finds herself at the center of a mythological, universal, and downright bizarre fight for life and justice.
It's quite difficult to pin this novel into one neat category. Atkins crosses genre lines here, but it all works. I was [drawn] into the story almost immediately, and I kept turning those pages until I was finished. The story has tons of gore, wonderful characters, and almost magical writing. This one is definitely worth the read. Pass up the paperback version because the trade hardcover from Stealth Press is beautiful.