A wry, mesmerizing tale of madness in a London suffused with the smells of jellied eels, leaking gas, outdoor lavatories and furry feet. Spider obsesses about wetness and fire and sexuality, about "this business of the thought patterns" and "the dead eyes" of his father and a woman named Hilda. Somewhere inside Spider's internal web of illusions lurks the truth about his mother's death.
Best to have with morning coffee, then out into the sunshine and fresh air for a deep breath!
Each one a beautifully worded, evocative bit of horror; each one all the more frightening because they could so easily be real.
It is so overrought and self-referential that there is very little pleasure to be found in reading this book.
If you haven't seen this movie, try it. It can lag a bit, but if you are a student of psychology like I am, this movie will educate you as it did me.Published 4 months ago by bjb
I read this book after seeing the film 'Spider' by Patrick McGrath. The book adds another dimension to the film but the plot differs slightly. Read morePublished 5 months ago by PRMILLER
What attracted me to this book was a blurb about it being a 'horror classic' or something like that. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Labute
If you have a Kindle, read the sample to see if you like it...Get the hard copy, and you are stuck with it...Postage is too much to make it worth it.Published 13 months ago by Diane Berger
I absolutely loved this book. The movie was excellent but the book goes into greater depth and one achieves a better understanding of Spider. I would highly recommend it.Published 18 months ago by Old dinosaur
Dennis Cleg-Spider-is lodging at Mrs Wilkinson's with the 'Dead Souls' and occupies his time writing his journal of the events in his life that led him to Ganderhill asylum for the... Read morePublished 20 months ago by An admirer of Saul
This is an engrossing read! It's already too late by the time you realize that there is something very, very wrong.Published on May 21, 2012 by Lillian Brider
I don't read fiction. Not often anyway. But I just could not put this book down. The story itself is rather simple from a narrative perspective, but with a rich introspection and... Read morePublished on April 28, 2011 by Jackson R. Pope III
This book is quite good if you like creepy, which I do, but be aware that this Kindle edition, published by Berlin Verlag, is in German, not English as is stated in the book... Read morePublished on January 7, 2011 by Lezlie