After the brutal murder of their young daughter, Sue and John Hackett retreat to the small, peaceful town of Hinkston. But Hinkston isn't peaceful anymore. It's being torn apart by a series of horrific unexplained murders. And it holds a fateful 50-year-old secret.
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Shaun Hutson is a bestselling author of horror fiction and has written novels under eight different pseudonyms. He has also contributed stories to 'Kerrang' and 'Raw' and used to host Sky TV's 'Monsters of Rock' programme.Excerpt. © Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.:
The woman began thrashing madly on the bed, so ravaged by pain that she actually managed to pull her left arm free of the restraining strap. As she waved it before her, the drip came free and blood spurted madly from her arm and also from the end of the tube. Nurse Kiley hurried to reattach it. ‘Come on,’ shouted Lawrenson, watching as more of the baby’s head came free. ‘Push. It’s nearly over.’ ...The head was free now, the child itself twisting from side to side, as if anxious to escape its crimson prison. The woman’s labial lips spread ever wider as the child slithered into view. Lawrenson reached for it, ignoring the blood which drenched his hands. He lifted the child, the umbilical cord hanging from its belly like a bloated snake, still attached to the placenta which, seconds later, was expelled in a reeking lump. Fraser turned to look at the child which Lawrenson held aloft, gripping it like some kind of trophy. ‘Oh Jesus,’ murmured the doctor, his eyes bulging wide. Nurse Kiley saw the child and could say nothing. She turned away and vomited violently. ‘Lawrenson, you can’t...’ Fraser gasped, one hand clapped to his mouth. ‘The child is all right, as I said it would be,’ Lawrenson beamed, holding it up, not allowing it to squirm out of his grip. The umbilical cord still pulsed like a thick worm. It looked as if a putrescent parasite was burrowing into the child’s stomach. He held it towards the mother who had recovered sufficiently to look up. Her eyes were blurred with pain but as she blinked the clarity quickly returned and she saw her child. ‘Your son,’ said Lawrenson, proudly. And she screamed again.
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Descripción Time Warner Paperbacks, 1991. Paperback. Estado de conservación: New. book. Nº de ref. de la librería M0751506621