The Shadow Man by Stephen Gresham


The Shadow Man, Stephen Gresham, 1986

My favorite quote: “She haunted herself from within like an old house.”

Notable characters: Joey Stuart, ; Jeb “The Dixie Strangler” Stuart, Joey’s father; CAP, Joey’s Computer*Assisted*Playmate; Sharina Marie, Joey’s stepmother; Mr. Zeeker, a former engineering professor; The Shadow Man, an evil entity whose existence could use a little more explaining

Most memorable scene: What Joey sees when Miss Sheba comes for tea. I also really liked the scene when Joey comes across a strangle girl named Nandina in the woods. But mostly Miss Sheba. Creepy old bat

Greatest strengths: Its unique execution 

Standout achievements: The relationship between Joey and his pet ferret, Snowflake

Fun Facts: From 1982 to 1991, Stephen Gresham wrote and published 12 novels, two of which were bestsellers: ROCKABYE BABY and MIDNIGHT BOY.

Other media: N/A

What it taught me: Until reading this book, I had no idea that Coca-Cola (and other soda pop) used to be called “dope” or “dope soda,” due to the fact that it once contained cocaine

How it inspired me: I teethed on 1980s horror and even now, every time I read it, I’m reminded of why it was I wanted to be a writer

Additional thoughts: This book reads like a B movie horror film — and I mean that in the kindest, lovingest possible way

Haunt me: alistaircross.com

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: http://alistaircross.com ********************************************************************************************* 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.

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