{Review} Hell Hound by Ken Greenhall
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by Ken Greenhall Also by this author: ELIZABETH: A Novel of the Unnatural Published by Valancourt Books Genres: Crime, Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Psychological... {Review} Hell Hound by Ken Greenhall 5
by Ken Greenhall
Also by this author: ELIZABETH: A Novel of the Unnatural
Published by Valancourt Books Genres: Crime, Dark Fiction, Fiction, Horror, Psychological Horror
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‘What are the possibilities of my strength? That is a thought I have never had before. What if some morning as the old woman stood at the head of the staircase she were suddenly to feel a weight thrusting against the back of her legs? What if she were to lunge forward, grasping at the air, striking her thin skull against the edge of a stair? What would become of me if she were found unmoving at the bottom of the stairway?’

Such are the thoughts of Baxter, a sociopathic bull terrier on the hunt for the perfect master, as he contemplates the demise of his first victim. The basis for the acclaimed 1989 film Baxter, Ken Greenhall’s utterly chilling and long-unobtainable Hell Hound (1977) has earned a reputation as a lost classic of horror fiction. This first-ever reissue includes a new introduction by Grady Hendrix.

In the late 70’s, I started reading horror in earnest, and I honestly thought I was familiar with most horror writers of the time. I was wrong. I’d never heard of Ken Greenhall until Valancourt Books brought him to my attention. Now, I want to get my hands on everything he’s written.

Baxter, the bull terrier, is a sociopath. But he’s just a dog, you might say! It’s true, but he’s observant, willful and extremely dangerous. With some portions of this book being from his point of view, the reader gets a clear look into what’s going on in that doggie head of his.

I know this book sounds cheesy, and perhaps like a rip-off of Cujo, but the facts are that it’s not cheesy at all, and it was written before Cujo. Featuring keen insights into human behavior, precise but spare prose, and bringing to the reader a growing sense of dread and horror, I’m pretty sure this will be among the best books I will read this year.

My highest recommendation!

*Thanks to Valancourt Books for the e-ARC in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it.*

About Ken Greenhall

GREENHALL, Ken 1928-2014
(Jessica Hamilton)

PERSONAL: Born August 1, 1928, in Detroit, MI; son of Kenneth M. and Jessie (Hamilton) Greenhall;

Education: Wayne State University, B.A., 1958.

CAREER: Novelist. Former editor of reference books and journals. Military service: U.S. Army, 1951-52.

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