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Here's The Background for the 25th Anniversary Edition of
The Light At The End:
The Light At The End:
First published in 1986, The Light at the End tells the story of Rudy Pasko, bad poet, Subway artist, and now ... vampire. This is the 25th anniversary edition of the first Splatterpunk novel. It sold over a million copies in only a few weeks, and Rudy was the model Joss Whedon used to create the vampire SPIKE for Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
This is a fast-paced, hard-biting novel of love, lust, betrayal, and blood, told by two master storytellers who went on to a string of best-selling novels and, along with Clive Barker & David Schow, ushered in the sub-genre of Splatterpunk. This is a refreshing change for those tiring of the whiny, drama-hyped vampires of Anne Rice and Twilight.
From Library Journal
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 www.stealthpress.com.
Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc.
And here's the Set-Up:
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.
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