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Andy Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1990

4.8 out of 5 stars 3 ratings

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Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Downhome Publishing Inc.; First Edition (January 1, 1990)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1895109000
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1895109009
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.8 out of 5 stars 3 ratings

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Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2013
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4.0 out of 5 stars "The eye in the finger squinted. The skin started to bubble like lava. Teeth ate their way out from the now monstrous hand."
By Mark Louis Baumgart on February 12, 2013
A young boy has lost his father, lonely, his mother has taken to drink, and in doing so has become abusive. Having been withdrawn from society by his mother, the boy invents a playmate, Andy. Abusive and jealous; the boy's mother becomes even more abusive. Then Andy has an idea, and the next time the mother comes into the boy's bedroom there will be bloody murder, which is accompanied with the boy's disappearance, and then the boy enters into the field of being a local urban legend.

We jump then to the future and Martin Laurence awakens to a beautiful morning, and he awakes his wife, who is having a nightmare in which she is being raped by a rotting monster, to enjoy the morning with him. Then long-time friend John Gosse calls him from St. John's Island and offers him a university teaching job. To sweeten the deal, John offers Martin the use of his country home. Martin accepts, unknowing that this is the home in which the horrible murder had taken place.

But then strange things start happening, some of the members of the family are having nightmares, seeing and smelling things that aren't there, and experiencing other strange occurrences.

Of course, if you're a veteran of horror novels, you know that none of this is going to amount to anything good.

The family starts its inevitable disintegration, while Shawn, Martin's young son, starts acting as if possessed, or influenced by something, and starts, with his three friends, into going on a series of wilding adventures.

In "Andy", Bradley Snow takes the time to build both mood and plot. He doesn't jump in and give us an exploitive bloodbath, but takes the time to show the story of this family's disintegration, and its destruction in a slow build-up to a spectacular ending. Snow also takes the time to show the slow corruption of those that enter into this family's orbit, and how they and their family and life will be effected.

I believe that this is a self-published book, unusual in that it's a mass market paperback instead of a trade paperback. It shows the signs of being self-published, and being self-published in a pre-print-on-demand publishing world. There are sudden and jarring viewpoint changes that are not transitioned to as they should be; which running into the previous character's viewpoint, often leads to some confusion on the reader's part until reorientation takes place. There are six full-page black-and-white illustrations in this novel, and while they show up at the right places, they have no page numbers, and have blank pages on their opposite sides.

These illustrations are by Rod Snow (2) and John Mercer (4) and are excellent, although one of the interior pieces of artwork is also used as this book's cover. If you look at the customer images, you will see examples of each artist. I like both artists artwork with Snow's reminding me of Steve Fabian's art while Mercer reminds me of long-time British artist's Jim Pitt's. Sadly, I don't think that either has done any other commercially illustrative work for the publishing field

In many ways, this book is a well-done, but typical eighties and nineties horror novel. It's clearly influenced by such things as the movie "The Amityville Horror", and Stephen King's "The Shining"; it has a family in jeopardy, an evil, possibly haunted house, the disintegration of the inhabiting family and their friends, and a feral evil that haunts the nearby wilderness. Although published at the tail end of the eighties and nineties horror boom, if published earlier, I can see this novel as having been published by Zebra with one of their requisite, and trademark, skeleton and child covers.

As it is, it's a well written piece of work involving the creation of evil via a feral child, with a strong underlining plotline in which Snow speculates on the power of psychic abilities and the power of suggestion. If you're a fan of the horror of the last boom of horror in the last century, then this will be a find for you. This is a novel that Snow, if still alive, should bring back into print, even if he has to do it through print-on-demand.

I plunder the past for your pleasure. I have reviewed these other obscure horror books for this site:

[[ASIN:B00166EXN2 The Devil's Children]] edited by Michel Parry.
[[ASIN:0688124402 Doll's Eyes]] by Bari Wood.
[[ASIN:0821722077 Ghost Pilot]] by Anton Emmerton.
[[ASIN:B005LECXWS hauntings and horrors: ten grisly tales]] edited by Alden H. Norton.
[[ASIN:B0063VDIZ4 Howl]] by Christine Tanasiuk.
[[ASIN:0843953292 In Silent Graves]] by Gary A. Braunbeck.
[[ASIN:0843922699 Night of the Wolf]] by Jay Callahan.
[[ASIN:0352306831 Plasmid]] by Robert Knight (Christopher Evens).
[[ASIN:0770101194 The Rosedale Horror]] by Jon Ruddy.

Plus all the horror novels of Michael Paine, whose reviews can be accessed here:

[[ASIN:1595820523 The Mummy: Dark Resurrection]] by Michael Paine.
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