Crucifax

Open Road Media
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Originally published in 1988, Ray Garton’s fourth novel, following not long after his award‐nominated Live Girls, is regarded as a classic of the “splatterpunk” movement in horror fiction. Garton has a way with teenage boredom, atmospheric small‐town isolation, incest, drug abuse, and over‐the‐top violence and he has managed to create a modern remake of the story of the Pied Piper with a sinister character, Mace (who wears a “crucifax” around his neck—a crucifix with an axlike blade on it) appearing on the scene, seducing mixed‐up kids with his siren song of pleasure, power, and indulgence, all leading to a horrifically unsettling climax of death and destruction. And then there are the ratlike things that do the piper’s bidding . . . 
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About the author

Ray Garton is the author of sixty books, including horror novels such as the Bram Stoker Award–nominated Live GirlsCrucifaxLot Lizards, and The Loveliest Dead; thrillers like Sex and Violence in HollywoodMurder Was My Alibi, and Trade Secrets; and seven short story collections. He has also written several movie and TV tie‐ins and a number of young adult novels under the name Joseph Locke. In 2006, he received the Grand Master of Horror Award. He lives in northern California with his wife.
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Publisher
Open Road Media
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Published on
Apr 1, 2014
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Pages
388
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ISBN
9781497624405
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Fantasy / Paranormal
Fiction / Fantasy / Urban
Fiction / Horror
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