Comes the Blind Fury by John Saul

Comes the Blind Fury, John Saul, 1980

My favorite quote: “All she knew was her anger. Her anger and her hatred … ”

Notable characters: Michelle Pendleton, the new girl; Amanda, the blind dead girl

Most memorable scene: I’m not gonna lie … Amanda, sailing off the cliff … 

Greatest strengths: I have to say, this book captures the cruelty of children in a way few books do.

Standout achievements: This is 80s vintage-horror at its best

Fun Facts: I met John Saul when Tamara Thorne and I interviewed him on our podcast (he was actually on with us a few times) and I was surprised to learn that “John Saul” is, in essence, two people, that his husband actually did a lot of work on the writing and concepts, and that he, John, did the publicity, etc. He was, and remains, one of my favorite guests. 

Other media: None 

What it taught me about writing: Honestly, I read John Saul books for the pure joy and can’t say it truly “teaches” me anything — but I sure do dig it. 

How it inspired my own work: I always come away from John Saul books wanting to write the next spooky thing.

Additional thoughts: While not the best John Saul out there (the writing on many of his earlier books tends to be less-than-stellar) Comes the Blind Fury is a nice introduction to his work in general. It has a little of everything you can expect to find in his books: children in peril, neglectful parents, cruel school kids, and, in this case, creepy dolls. 

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Published by Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross grew up on horror novels and scary movies, and by the age of eight, began writing his own stories. First published in 2012, he has since co-authored The Cliffhouse Haunting and Mother with Tamara Thorne and is working on several other projects. His debut solo novel, The Crimson Corset, was an Amazon bestseller. The Black Wasp, book 3 in The Vampires of Crimson Cove series is on its way. Find out more about him at: ********************************************************************************************* In collaboration, Thorne and Cross are currently writing several novels, including the next volume in the continuing gothic series, The Ravencrest Saga. Their first novel, The Cliffhouse Haunting, was an immediate bestseller. Together, they hosted the horror-themed radio show Thorne & Cross: Haunted Nights LIVE! which featured such guests as Anne Rice of The Vampire Chronicles, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels, Jay Bonansinga of The Walking Dead series, Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake novels, Peter Atkins, screenwriter of Hellraiser 2, 3, and 4, worldwide bestseller V.C. Andrews, Kim Harrison of the Hollows series, and New York Times best sellers Preston & Child, Christopher Rice, and Christopher Moore. ********************************************************************************************** Currently, Thorne & Cross are hosts of Thorne & Cross: Carnival Macabre, where listeners can discover all manner of demented delights, unearth terrifying treasures, and explore the dark side of the arts.

2 thoughts on “Comes the Blind Fury by John Saul

  1. I like the cover to the book, but I’ve not come across John Saul. If you say that this is a good starting place, then I’ll definitely look into picking this up and reading more.

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