DOOMSTALKERGary Brandner
Fawcett
1989

Los Angeles cop Brian Kettering’s been having a bad week. He’s on the verge of a nervous breakdown, his wife left him for another woman (you read that right), and his 18-year-old son has joined a cult. Oh, and a demonic entity that killed his father when he was six has apparently come back from the depths of Hell, stalking Brian’s friends and family, slowly making its way to Brian. The keys to fighting this evil lies with his sister, and Brian’s memory of his father fighting the demon while he watched hidden from view. Only, his sister’s been in a catatonic state for the last 30 years, and Brian’s suffered from selective amnesia when he was 12, leaving memory lapses from his childhood. No, this week isn’t looking very good at all…

Gary Brandner is better known as the author of The Howling, the novel of which the classic 80s werewolf movie is based. That’s probably why I got the book when I was a freshman in high school. For some reason I never got around to reading it, and so it sat moldering away in my parent’s book closet, unread. Until just now, that is…

At 234 pages, paperback form, Doomstalker clips along at a fairly even pace, holding my attention and even throwing out some surprises now and then. The majority of the time, the supernatural scares are kept in the shadows, which works for the overall creepiness, leaving the reader’s twisted imagination to frolic in the details. The delicious little twist ending left me satisfied when I finally closed the book. Not bad for a leisurely read…

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