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.
My rating: 3.5 of 5
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