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{Review} Stained by Lee Thomas

by Lee Thomas
Published by Lethe Press on December 11, 201
Genres: Horror, Thriller
Pages: 384
Format: eBook
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A madman. A secret, generations old. Another missing boy. They called the sadistic killer The River Rat, and he'd struck again. In a desperate search for his neighbor's son, Ted Lewis came face to face with the killer and survived, but his life was irrevocably altered. The residents of Marchand, Louisiana believed they were safe. The murderer had been captured and was behind bars. But the nightmare wasn't over yet. Because on that summer night, something passed between the two men. Memories of brutality and phantoms of countless victims torment Ted. His normal life is shattered, and he struggles to fight a growing presence that threatens to leave his soul stained forever. Author Lee Thomas's debut novel won the Bram Stoker Award and returns to print in a fine anniversary edition complete with new introduction and an afterword by Steve Berman.Lee

A stranger can lurk behind the eyes of someone you know.

The mask of a friendly face can hide a serial killer.

In a small Louisiana town, when the killer known as the River Rat is finally captured, that fact will rock a community.

But what lurks behind the mask of a serial killer?

For the terror has not ended. Something is loose out there. Something that can hide in plain sight. Something old. Something with a hunger for blood and screams.

Thomas’ debut novel, and Bram Stoker Award winner, is a taut, fast-paced supernatural tale that expands on a concept from the classic short story by Robert Bloch: “Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper”, and deftly surpasses the source material, creating an excellent example of small town horror/thriller that delivers it’s share of both thrills and chills.

Highly recommended.

The Kindle edition is currently on sale for .99 at Amazon.

About Lee Thomas

Lee Thomas is the Lambda Literary Award and Bram Stoker Award-winning author of more than 20 books, including The Dust of Wonderland, In the Closet, Under the Bed, The German, Torn, Ash Street, Like Light for Flies, and the forthcoming novel Butcher’s Road.

Writing as Thomas Pendleton and Dallas Reed, he is the author of the novels, Mason, Shimmer, and The Calling, from HarperTeen. He is also the co-author (with Stefan Petrucha) of the Wicked Dead series of books for young adults.

Lee currently lives in Austin, TX, where he’s working on a number of projects.

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