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The Light at the End [Kindle Edition]

John Skipp , Craig Spector
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Book Description

An adrenaline-charged tale of unrelenting suspense that sparks with raw and savage energy... The newspapers scream out headlines that spark terror across the city. Ten murders on the New York City subway. Ten grisly crimes that defy all reason -- no pattern, no m.o., no leads for police to pursue. The press dubs the fiend the "Subway Psycho"; the NYPD desperately seeks their quarry before the city erupts in mass hysteria. But they won't find what they're looking for.

Because they all think that the killer is human.

Only a few know the true story -- a story the papers will never print. It is a tale of abject terror and death written in grit and steel... and blood. The tale of a man who vanished into the bowels of the urban earth one night, taken by a creature of unholy evil, then left as a babe abandoned on the doorstep of Hell. Now he is back, driven by twin demons of rage and retribution.

He is unstoppable. And we are all his prey... unless a ragtag band of misfit souls will dare to descend into a world of manmade darkness, where the real and unreal alike dwell in endless shadow. A place where humanity has been left behind, and the horrifying truth will dawn as a madman's chilling vendetta comes to light...

Filled with gripping drama and harrowing doomsday dread, The Light at the End is the book that ushered in a bold new view of humankind's most ancient and ruthless evil; a mesmerizing novel from two acknowledged masters of spellbinding suspense.



Wild Things...
They've been with us forever - prowling the smoky roadhouse dives that are their watering holes and hunting grounds. Predators, lurking amidst the human herd. Changing shape at will. Lusting for blood and meat they are gods in the wild. Gods in disguise. And they feed on the spark inside each of us.

The Scream

Rock ‘n’ Roll. Hell. Two great tastes that taste great together. Long before Elvis gyrated on the Sullivan Show or the Beatles toiled the smoky red-light bars of Hamburg, music has been sowing the seeds of liberation. Or damnation. With each new generation the edge of rebellion pushed farther. Rhythms quickened. Volume increased. Lyrics coarsened. The rules continued to be broken, until it seemed that there were no rules at all.

A Question of Will

Paul Kelly is a good man: a firefighter and paramedic facing death and danger daily, risking his own safety for the sake of strangers. Paul has seen tragedy a thousand times, but it has never been his own. Until now… A shocking crime. A loved one, brutally murdered. Paul’s life is suddenly invaded by police, reporters, the harsh glare of spotlights on a family’s private sorrow. The killer shows no sorrow, no remorse – a teen sociopath whose dead eyes stare in sullen silence. Paul does not want blood or vengeance. He wants to know why.


If Jim Thompson wrote A CHRISTMAS CAROL, it might go a little something like this...

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This 1986 novel was the first of the duo's six collaborations in the horror subgenre dubbed "splatterpunk." The story follows a series of gruesome murders in New York City that have police totally baffled, because they're assuming the killer is human! Stealth books are available online at
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  • Print Length: 400 pages
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  • Publisher: Crossroad Press; 25th Anniversary Digital Edition edition (October 25, 2010)
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  • Language: English
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kudos to Stealth Press for bringing this one back! August 24, 2001
You know you're getting older when all your favorite songs are labeled oldies, the sports figures you admired are playing in "Old Timers Day" games, and some of the books you've read are now considered "classics." It's distressing to realize you're not immune to the passage of time, and also that your prior perceptions about what was worthwhile might have been misguided, if not outright wrong. The flip side of this particular coin is rereading the favorites of your youth and finding that they still stand up. In recent years I've had that experience with many of Stephen King's earlier works. This past spring, I experienced it with the new Stealth Press hardcover reprint of Craig Skipp and John Spector's The Light At The End.
For those of you who aren't familiar with this work, a brief summary is in order. The book focuses on two characters, punk/goth vampire Rudy Pasko, and the man who has vowed to kill him, the aptly named Joseph Hunter. Rudy, a jerk and a loser in life, gains his vampiric powers by being in the wrong place at the wrong time, stumbling upon a grisly subway massacre perpetrated by an evil ancient entity. Sired merely to amuse that entity, Rudy starts to groove on his new powers, using them to push back against a world he's always hated. The massacre, coupled with Rudy's high profile activities, brings him to the attention of Hunter, a hulking, gruff, compulsive do-gooder looking for something to hit after the death of his beloved mother. Their anger brings them into conflict, and also drives the horrific events to come. And they are horrific, even if they seem a little tamer to me due to the passage of time and to changes in my perception of what should be labeled "extreme.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nastiness Bites January 12, 2005
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Thanks to Skipp and Spector, we have come to know the dark truth about what lurks in the subterranean realm of New York's sewers. When I first read this book nearly 20 years ago this backdrop, coupled with a fresh and innovate plot quickly made it one of my favorite horror stories. Not all vampires are romantic. What would happen if a local jerk happens to meet up with the kind of evil that turns subway trains into bloodbags, and is 'drafted' into a new world. You would get a jerky vampire, of course, and Rudy Pasko is just as unpleasant dead as he is alive.

From his subterranean demesne Rudy sets about being nasty and all that stands between him and world dominion is strange cast of characters that include truck drivers, messengers, students, game players, and would be writers. That and a few forces even bleaker than Rudy himself. Badness is due to happen, not all will survive, and the tunnel turns out to have a few extra kinks. Spector and Skipp write in a helter-skelter style that catches the edginess of life on the fringe of New York City - out there where the glamour doesn't ever go.

For all the adventure of pushing the limits of horror Skipp and Spector remember that what scares you are the things you can't get used to, not a continuous flow of gore and the result is a story that is both chilling and magnetic. They are not by any means the first to use graphic imagery (Straub's Floating Dragon still haunts me today) but the are the first to bring nitty gritty characters into the spotlight and make this story as much about them as it is by the world's most offensive vampire.

A great deal of 'aura' has grown up around this book. Most of this concerns its role in the horror genre and as a source for the 'splatterpunk' as a writing style.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In your Face Horror by Craig Spector November 21, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
"The Light at the End" is vampire horror at it's best. This novel is slick and sophisticated, written for an audience that is no longer satisfied with being spoon fed the same old plot. Fortunately, this novel has been re-released only recently in hardcover by a new press Stealth Press. ([...] Finally this classic is again in print. New York is the type of city that anything can happen in. In this novel, we are taken into the world of "what if" when an old world vampire comes to see the sites and leaves the city with a legacy of it's own in the form of a nihilistic young artist turned vampire, with an ax to grind. This novel steps out of the splatterpunk stereotype with it's gritty and realistic characters and a willingness to take chances with plot and its readers. There is no neat and tidy package from this author- he takes the story around with a realistic unpredictability and a tangible sense of fear. Bloody, yes, but the violence is not the star of this novel by far. Read it for the plot. Read it for the intense, razor sharp writing style, just don't expect to put it down.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Gory, Very Good. March 11, 2002
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
First off, if you are sick of the Anne Rice vampires who have a cheesy accent, and whine and complain about the "dark gift" of being a vampire, then this book is for you. The vampire in this book is anything but whiny. However, if you like your vampire books with a ruthless vampire that kills without compassion, morals, or even a second thought, then this book is for you.
Skipp and Spector have a very strong writing style. Strong in that this is a real page turner filled with violence and gore around every turn. For example, just wait till you read what happens in a movie theater.
This book is pretty much out of print. I was lucky enough to find my copy at a used bookstore. I urge you to go out and hunt for this book. I can promise you that you won't be sorry.
If you like your vampires to kill without reason, then you have to start this book. You'll love every page. That I can promise you.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Taking the dark train to terror.
John Skipp and Craig Spector's "The Light At The End" is a classic example of '80s splatterpunk horror, that I first read (and hugely enjoyed) when I was in high school. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Wes Seaton
4.0 out of 5 stars the light at the end
Really a super horror novel. So much better than the Twilight series. Frightening and great fun to read. I recommend this for horror fans - and for those who enjoy a great yarn
Published 2 months ago by Peter M. Olsen
4.0 out of 5 stars The best modern Vampire novel. Period.
I've been singing the praises of John Skipp and Craig Spector for nearly three decades now. I first picked up this slickly written, blast beat paced Vamp gorefest back in '88... Read more
Published 4 months ago by D.D. Wookie
5.0 out of 5 stars good vampire book
This was probably one of the very 1st vampire books I ever read about 30 something years ago. I have read some of the writers other books and wanted to read this one again. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Wesley R. Fensky
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!
Got the e-book to replace the dog-eared, yellowed with age paperback. It's a must-have in my collection, and something I re-read regularly.
Published 4 months ago by chgobeedz
1.0 out of 5 stars Whole book not there
THe third section of the ebook was missing and I didn't get to read the ending. What I read was Ok but I wouldn't buy to finish.
Published 5 months ago by Linda Windland
4.0 out of 5 stars SCARY!
Wow I picked this book up and was scared so badly. This is splatter punk at it's best, a classic.
Published 7 months ago by Jason Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars Love everything by these two writers
I really like Skipp and Spector's books. Perfect horror atmosphere, good characters, definite page-turners. Read more
Published 9 months ago by S. Brooking
1.0 out of 5 stars I don't know what happened...
The Light at the End was first published in 1986; and I read it @ 25 years ago. I LOVED it. I don't remember exactly why I loved it, but I 5+ stars LOVED it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Veronica Lynn Pit Bull
5.0 out of 5 stars 80s NYC Hardcore Punk Vampire. No Glitter Here.
One of my absolute favorite vampire novels, and a damn fine image of NYC in the 80s. A really great cast of characters, a truly malignant villain and scares galore from the princes... Read more
Published 11 months ago by @bellmojo
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